Thermoplastic injection molding

Offering from the design concept to finished molded products Product Design Mold Construction Short Run Production Custom Assembly UV Bonding Mold Design Prototype Development High Volume Production Custom Assembly Eagle has now expanded our product capabilities and product offerings to include PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING. The same level of dedication, meticulousness, and product quality that we

Fireproof materials for the aviation industry

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has introduced new materials that help aircraft manufacturers save weight and production costs while exceeding fire resistance and fireproof requirements for engine nacelles. Seals in engine nacelles must withstand fire of more than 1,832° F (1,000°C) for 15 minutes per ISO 2685 and AC 20-135. Until now, special, fabric-reinforced materials have been

Lightweight material protects against bullets

One of the trends in materials for military applications is weight reduction without compromising toughness. The modular system of a Marine Ballistic Helmet is an example. It was developed to meet the needs of the Navy, Coast Guard and Special Forces to protect personnel from ballistic threats. The modular system includes the helmet and a

Component miniaturization in a broad range of materials gives design engineers more options and greater flexibility

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics provides custom miniaturized components in a broad range of materials, giving designers more options and greater flexibility. Enhanced component or assembly performance often requires advanced polymers including custom blends. This is particularly true designing fluid delivery systems, or for many static or dynamic applications. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics molds miniature components

Best Practices on Driving Design Decisions with Simulation

This webinar will provide guidance to attendees on how to drive more engineering decisions using simulation tools. Today, there are lots of different options. You can provide automation tools to simulation analysts to improve their productivity or you could provide CAD-embedded simulation tools to engineers for early simulation feedback on a daily basis. What is

Low-alloy steel to metal injection molding

Product designers and engineers can now get injection-molded low-alloy steel prototypes and low-volume production parts at rapid manufacturer Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB). The technology-driven company has added two nickel steel materials (Catamold FN02 and FN0205) and a chrome-moly material (Catamold 42CrMo4) that is the metal injection molding (MIM) equivalent of 4140 steel. The new

Materials help improve the manufacturability of antennas

Advances in materials science are enabling next-generation technologies, like low-profile conformal antennas and antennas integrated into housings, that help reduce complexity, simplify manufacturing and deliver better performance. Fiber-filled composites will be instrumental in creating lower profile antennas because they are stronger than the unfilled plastics often used in today’s technology and even allow for thinner

Polymers outperform metals in precision gearing

by Georg Bartosch, Intech Power Core Some of the most innovative gears today are not made from metal or injection-molded plastics, but from machined engineering polymers. Gears, especially in open gearing applications, share a set of well-known performance problems that crop up again and again across many different applications. The most common problems include excessive

Hannover Messe: ContiTech Presents Technological Highlights for Industrial Applications

New technologies, new materials, new products: ContiTech will be bringing numerous innovations to the 2015 Hannover Messe trade fair, where it will have two stands this year. At the corporate stand in Hall 6 (Stand F18), it will be all about the process and materials expertise of the rubber and plastics specialist and its added-value

Plastic carburetor helps small engine meet EPA standards

Hoffer Plastics is a custom injection molder with extensive capabilities in plastics processing. A long-time customer approached the company with a dilemma: In order to meet the new EPA emission standards in California, they would have to build a new carburetor for its line of small engines for lawn mowers and other small lawn and

Alro Steel opens two new locations

Alro Steel Corporation recently opened 2 new Alro Metals Plus locations in Pompano Beach, FL and Jacksonville, FL. Alro Metals Plus is a retail outlet offering metals, plastics and industrial supplies. Similar to Alro’s full-line metals and plastics locations, Alro Metals Plus combines product offerings with the convenience of a retail outlet. This concept is

New automotive acrylic foam tape joins 3M’s portfolio of primerless solutions

3M, a technology company known for innovation, is expanding its portfolio of primerless attachment tape solutions with the addition of the 3M™ Acrylic Tape Series PX5000. Used to attach automotive exterior trim parts such as body side moldings and claddings to a variety of materials and substrates, the tape is now available to global automakers,

Rogers Corporation to exhibit high performance circuit materials at DesignCon

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) will be showing samples of the Company’s wide range of industry-leading printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials at DesignCon January 28-January 29, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. John Coonrod, Senior Market Development Engineer for Rogers Corp. will be participating in a panel discussing, “Isn’t Gbps Design Complex Enough? Now

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics receives General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics has been awarded the Supplier Quality Excellence Award by General Motors. The annual award is presented to suppliers achieving zero defects in a year. “These suppliers have demonstrated their commitment to quality excellence and their outstanding performance is essential to GM’s efforts to provide its customers with the best product and

Functional integration in ultrasonic welding

Ultrasonic welding. In semi-automated multi-head machines, several processes are often jointly integrated to achieve high functional density in confined spaces. Parts assembly functions, component detection and sensing features, as well as various test processes are added to the actual joining process. The ultrasonic welding machine interconnects all auxiliary functions and creates interfaces. The conventional concept

Birchwood Technologies offers superior protection of oil field components

PRESTO BLACK® room temperature black oxide and MICROLOK MZN® zinc phosphate processes are becoming increasingly popular for use on oilfield equipment requiring robust corrosion resistance and galling protection on critical surfaces. Both processes easily coat iron and steel components and are applied at safe temperatures. The PRESTO BLACK process produces a non-dimensional coating thickness of

Rogers Corporation signs definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, LLC

Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) (“Rogers” or the “Company”) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, LLC, currently owned by Handy & Harman Ltd. (NASDAQ: HNH), for $157 million, subject to closing and post-closing adjustments. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory clearances, is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

Rock fan engineers revolutionary new guitar with PTC Creo

Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix motivated 12-year-old Aristides Poort to learn how to play guitar, but rather than pursue the life of a rock star, he grew up and went on to study civil engineering at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. “It was a very inspiring environment where we worked

New STK grades for two-shot molding formulated as alternative to silicone gaskets

The need to use costly silicone gaskets or insert them into housings are no longer required with 2-shot STK thermoplastic elastomers from Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc. Developed expressly with high flow properties in a wide range of hardnesses – 40 Shore A to 90 Shore A – the new rubbery material for improved housings and

How to reduce the weight of a heat shield

Protected by the shell of its launch-rocket during blastoff, NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) must get back to earth on its own at mission’s end. To keep capsule and crew safe under the huge reentry and splashdown loads—temperatures exceeding 4,800° F and speeds up to 25,000 mph—a 16.4-ft. diameter ablative thermal protection system is

PolyOne receives innovation awards for pioneering metal replacement projects

Collaborating with customers to replace metal in LED lights earned PolyOne recognition at the inaugural Polymers and Plastics Innovation Awards, presented by the Society of Plastics Engineers Benelux Division. PolyOne took first place in the Best Lightweighting Innovation category for helping Tier 2 supplier Ayfar Otomotiv to replace metal in LED headlights for off-road vehicles,

New leadership & focus – acquisitions & successful long term growth

With new leadership, Minnesota Rubber & Plastics is setting the foundation for long-term success following its acquisition by Norwest Equity Partners. Quadion L.L.C., which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, appointed Marlin Braun as its CEO in January, succeeding Jim Lande, who retired from Quadion after serving as CEO since 1985. Prior to joining

Custom molded floating pistons improve motor vehicle performance

High performance molded plastic (HPP) components for motor vehicles greatly improve performance with critical sealing and high wear resistance. Motor vehicle designers of assemblies such as Floating Pistons for shock absorbers benefit from Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) design experience and molding capabilities. For a custom molded 1-3/4 inch diameter Floating Piston, a proprietary MR&P

ARC Technologies announces launch of AC2ES

ARC Technologies’ AC2ES material offers flexibility and versatility for applications requiring transparent EMI shielding materials. These ultrathin, flexible films use the latest nanotechnology to provide high levels shielding effectiveness while remaining optically clear, for use in commercial and industrial electronic applications requiring transparent solutions for shielding materials. The AC2ES materials can be flat or shaped

RO3000® laminates with rolled copper foils

Rogers Corporation’s (NYSE: ROG) Advanced Circuit Materials Division recently introduced rolled copper cladding options with its RO3003™, RO3035™ and RO3203™ low dielectric constant laminate materials. Smooth rolled copper, paired with the very low dielectric loss of the RO3000® PTFE-ceramic resin system, results in high frequency circuit materials with best-in-class insertion loss. These materials are ideal