Water injection molding technology (WIT) is getting more and more attention. And it's no wonder; the technology can produce high-quality, fast-cooling hollow parts on injection molding machines. Rhodia Engineering Plastics, a supplier of nylon 6 and 66, has taken steps to support this emerging technology. The company recently established its own WIT lab, complete with a water-injection-capable machine and mold. One focus of the company's applications development work will be automotive cooling components, which can take advantage of WIT's ability to make hollow parts with a constant wall thickness and smooth inner passageways. Other projects will investigate the use of WIT to evacuate plastic from the center of thick parts, which ultimately reduces weight and cost without lessening strength. Rhodia has also announced plans to develop new nylon grades specifically for the WIT process. Visit www.rhodia-ep.com for more information.
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