LNP has added relatively lightweight members to its line of high-specific-gravity thermoplastics. The company's Thermocomp HSG line, which in the past covered a specific gravity range from 5.0 to 10.0, now includes grades in the 2.0 to 5.0 specific-gravity range. These new materials consist of a combination of resins and high-density fillers. Thermocomp HSG compounds target applications that require a high-quality look and feel —for example, plumbing fixtures and toys. The compounds can also replace metals in applications that require resiliency, such as those used in medical devices and surgical instruments. For more info, visit LNP at www.lnp.com.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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