Add a soft-touch to your products and you could add to your sales. That's what Warner Tools did when it introduced the ProGrip(TM) Series, an expanded line of paint scrapers and putty knives that feature soft-touch handles. Warner designers selected polypropylene for the hard handle substrate, then added SARLINK(reg) 3460, a high-flow TPE from DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers, for the soft component, "because of its processing abilities, strong chemical resistance, and cosmetic appeal," says Warner Product Development Manager David Henke. A two-shot insert loading injection molding process was used to make the grip. Its popularity with decorative and maintenance pros proved so successful that Warner has decided to upscale its entire line of products using the SARLINK material. DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers: Product Code 4377
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.