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Why Flash is Required in Thermoset Molding

One major difference between thermoset molding and thermoplastic molding is the appearance of parts coming out of the press. While both thermoset and thermoplastic materials may be formed using similar molding processes (injection, compression, or insert molded), thermoset molded parts must be molded with excess flash, or plastic material, around the parts in order to […]

Manufacturing ERP Software for Real-Time Production Data

What is a manufacturing ERP system? Manufacturing ERP is a business management software system that streamlines manufacturing operations and data to provide a real-time view of its core business processes. While manufacturers can tailor their own ERP applications to relevant avenues of their manufacturing operations, some common applications included in a manufacturing ERP system may […]

Metal-to-Thermoset Conversion

As engineers and product designers continue to try and maximize efficiency and minimize costs in existing or new product applications, thermosets are an excellent material conversion option for high-performance, price-sensitive applications that are currently manufactured in metallic materials. Whether converting for cost reductions, material performance improvement, or expanding capacity, thermoset composites are allowing engineers to […]

Thermoset Molding with Inserts

By utilizing a molding process, OEMs and manufacturers are able to design parts into complex geometries to meet the needs of the end product. This design flexibility allows part designers to implement more features into a part design, consolidate multiple parts of an assembly, and reduce overall manufacturing costs for a product assembly. Along with […]

Thermosets for Applications Requiring Heat Resistance

One of the main benefits of using thermosets as a molding material for parts and components is the heat resistance and high temperature deflection properties that thermoset materials offer. Whereas thermoplastic molding materials such as a nylon or ABS can disfigure, melt, or carbonize; parts molded from a thermoset remain dimensionally stable, allowing the molded […]

Injection Molding Thermoset Plastics

Thermoset plastics have been widely used in manufacturing for parts requiring protection against high operating temperatures and electrical currents. From the historic bakelite materials to new age composite formulations used in advanced automotive, aerospace, and electrical markets; thermosets are a material of choice for challenging applications and aggressive operating elements. Aside from determining the correct […]

Comparing Thermoset and Thermoplastic Molding Materials

Thermoset and thermoplastic materials are two types of plastic or composite molding materials. While both have a similar end-product appearance of a plastic part, the two material types can have drastically different material performance properties. Choosing the correct molding material type depends on the end use application and what material property requirements the end-product needs […]

Thermoset Plastics for Electrical Products and Applications

Curious which industries use thermoset materials within molded components and product assemblies? While many different end markets and consumer industries rely on thermosets’ material property benefits for manufactured components and products, the electrical industry is one of the largest end-use industries for molded thermoset parts. Electrical products benefit from molded thermosets’ superior electrical properties at […]

Metal-to-Thermoset Conversions

With supply chain costs rising on everything from raw materials to the freight of finished goods, manufacturers and engineers must keep in mind the overall manufacturing costs that affect an end-product or assembly. One option to keeping an OEM’s product assembly competitively priced in the market is rethinking the best material to produce the product […]

Thermoset Molding for High Heat Components

There are two main types of plastics: Thermoplastic and thermoset. Thermoplastic materials are more common molding materials such as nylon, ABS, polypropylene, and polycarbonate, among others. These thermoplastics are generally used in more price-sensitive components that do not require improved material performance properties. Thermoset plastics on the other hand are heat-stable materials suitable for components […]