Plastics Assembly

Articles about the various techniques for assembly plastic parts, including ultrasonic welding, snap-fits and threaded fasteners.

ARTICLES

Sterilization processes can influence medical device design

Medical device engineers have many considerations when designing an assembly. Safety and effectiveness are top priorities, of course, followed closely by cost.


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New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Lightweighting trend drives engineers on quest to join dissimilar materials.

If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. Just ask anyone who’s ever been in a Pinewood Derby competition.


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VW Develops Automated Process for Molding Body Parts

WOLFSBURG, Germany—Volkswagen has developed a new, automated process for mass-producing finished thermoplastic exterior car body parts. The technology combines injection molding, physical foaming, and two-component polyurethane injection molding in one complex tool.


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Toy Manufacturer to Build Assembly Plant in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC—Enor Corp., a manufacturer of plastic toys and games, is establishing a new manufacturing facility here to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs.


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Comparing Methods for Plastics Assembly

Engineers have myriad options for joining plastic parts. Which is best for your application?

There are quite a few options for welding plastic parts, including ultrasonics, laser, hot plate and radio frequency. Additionally, parts can be mechanically joined via fasteners, snap fits or adhesives. Each of these processes has certain advantages and disadvantages for production, and each requires vastly different part and joint designs.


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Ultrasonic Plastic Welder Ensures Reliability of Food Safety Device

Food-borne illness is no laughing matter. In 1985, a listeriosis outbreak in Southern California killed as many as 40 people. The outbreak was eventually traced to a Mexican-style soft cheese contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.


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Lean Guru Rethinks Mass Production

DETROIT—It’s a basic tenet of mass production: Making things in batches is the most efficient way to manufacture anything. So why, then, is lean manufacturing evangelist Ted Duclos arguing that America can revitalize its manufacturing base by making things one at a time?


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Auto Industry Gets Serious About Lighter Materials

DEARBORN, MI—Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


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Adhesive Bonding

Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Tapes Can Speed Assembly in Multiple Industries

From brake shoes to smart phones, acrylic adhesive tapes are finding use in a growing number of applications.


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High-speed automation for bottle cap assembly

Continuous motion assembly system produces three-piece caps for plastic squeeze bottles.

Plastic squeeze bottles for water or Gatorade are ubiquitous at sporting events around the world. Hundreds of millions of them are produced annually.


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EVENTS

Industry

Automotive Plastic Part Design

12/3/14
University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus
Dearborn, MI
United States

The contents of this three day in-depth automotive seminar will provide information on material selection, design procedures, processing techniques, and the assembly methods required when designing with plastics in the automotive field.

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Industry

NPE 2015

3/23/15
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
United States

We invite you to make great things happen. NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase—the world’s largest plastics trade show and conference of the year—brings together all sectors of the supply chain to include end markets and brand owners. Featuring industry-focused education, showcasing equipment and material suppliers, emerging technologies, and running equipment for every phase of plastics processing, you are sure to find your solution.

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Automotive Plastics Conference & Exhibit "Plastics-in-Motion"

6/1/15
Adoba Hotel
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI
United States

Industry leaders will convene at “Plastics-in-Motion” to explore new opportunities in the use of plastics in the automotive industry.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Welding: Principles & Practices

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