Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers
Vikram Bhargava is a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and past chairman of its product design and development division. In 2014, he retired as the director of mechanical engineering services at Motorola Solutions in Holtsville, NY, where he headed an international group of professionals overseeing plastic material selection, design, analysis, tooling and processing. He has more than 40 years of experience in product design, development, manufacturing and management.
Plastics offer many advantages over metals and are gaining wide acceptance across a variety of industries. However, engineers must give extra attention to how plastics respond to different conditions. For example, almost all plastics will melt and burn before they reach anywhere near the high end of the operating temperature ranges of any metal. In addition, common processes to make metal parts, such as die-casting and stamping, will produce almost no latent defects. On the other hand, plastic parts may have latent defects that are difficult to measure even with highly complex equipment. As a result, designing robust plastic parts requires a holistic approach that encompasses materials, design, tooling and processing. In this presentation, you’ll learn common causes of plastic failure and how to design long-lasting plastic assemblies.