In consumer product, automotive and industrial applications, thermoplastic elastomers often have to work as part of a materials system that includes a rigid substrate made from engineering plastics. And when TPEs can readily bond to that substrate, all sorts of benefits follow. Among these are manufacturing efficiency and cost reduction since bondable TPEs can often be overmolded onto their substrates in a single manufacturing step — doing away with adhesives, surface treatments and manual assembly steps. And as bondable TPEs become compatible with more varieties of thermoplastics, it gives engineers the ability to work with new materials combinations that better meet performance goals. So important is bonding that most TPE suppliers continually work on bondable grades. They've been able to dramatically increase the ability of these materials to bond to rigid engineering thermoplastics — including nylon.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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