Plastics for industrial applications
Engineering plastics are used in many industrial applications. The broad spectrum of industrial sectors is also reflected in the variety of used materials. The spectrum ranges from highly reinforced polyamides for metal replacement to long glass fibre reinforced compounds for long-term loads with high dynamics. In addition to the appropriate mechanical property profile, the safety and durability of the engineering plastics used is decisive for applications.
Engineering plastics provide safety in industry and protect users and plant technology by means of energy absorption, flame-retardant equipment or electrical properties. They offer especially resistant solutions for high requirements, combining outstanding mechanical properties with chemical resistance. Long-term loads with high dynamics are made possible by the use of long glass fibre reinforced materials. They provide safety through highly reinforced compounds as a metal substitute.
Applications for the industry
Gear wheels: Typical materials for use as gear materials are based on polyamide, polyketone, PBT, PEEK and POM. The material properties are improved by appropriate modification using GF and CF reinforcing fibres, also in combination with various slip additives such as PTFE, graphite, aramid fibres, molybdenum disulphide or silicone oil.
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- Fan wheels
- Water meter
- Conveyor belts
- Measuring devices
- Heating system
- Gas heaters
- Gastro ovens
- Solar systems
- Light grids
- Calliper Rule
In its search for weight-saving potentials, the plastics industry is continuously finding new solutions.
Fluid Injection Technique (FIT)
Fluid injection technique (FIT) is used to manufacture components with thicker walls as well as components with hollow spaces.
Laser Transparent Compounds
With increasing use of plastics in automotive, electrical, medical and industrial markets, precise, fast, flexible and clean joining technique of the highest quality standard is required.
In order to combine the benefits of additive and subtractive manufacturing methods, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen has developed and successfully implemented a hybrid manufacturing cell.
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