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.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
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