This cover for the motor of Raymond Corp.’s 8000 Series pallet trucks has to fend off some bumps and bruises on the warehouse floor. And it has to look good while doing so. Mack Molding produces this rugged cover, which won the competition’s materials handling category, from a structural foam molded thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). According to Michael Hansen, a senior development engineer for Mack, the elastomer goes through a water-based painting process that allows the part to flex without harming the glossy cosmetic surface.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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