Electric-Vehicles

Automotive Fasteners - Living Hinge Design

nylon living hinge design

In this post, we are going to take you through not just the basics but also design tips, material breakdown, and what you absolutely need to get right when with the tooling and injection molding process for a successful living hinge.

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Basics of Thermoplastics

basics of thermoplastics

In this post, we take you through the basics of thermoplastics, including the different groups, classes, and types of thermoplastics that are used to make products such as water bottles, clips, plugs, and so much more.

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High Temp Masking Material Alternatives to Silicone

silicone alternatives

Due to the fear of silicone volatiles, some facilities will not even remotely consider using the material. In the automotive industry specifically, silicone is sometimes not even allowed into the paint production environments.  So, what this means is they need alternative solutions. Luckily, we've received these requests many times before so in this post we will take you through the majority of the options you'll typically have.

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Automotive Materials | Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV)

Automotive thermoplastics - TPV

In this post, we are going to take you through a specific thermoplastic material, commonly referred to as TPV (or thermoplastic vulcanizate), that has grown in popularity in the automotive sector and evolved over the years since its introduction in 1981.

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Compression Molded Rubber Tolerances

compression molded rubber tolerances

When it comes to meeting tight tolerances, compression molding rubber is not going to match what you see with machining a metal product.  Because of that, you need to understand why that is and what factors affect the outcome of your final molded product.

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Custom Masking Designs for Powder Coating and E-Coating

custom masking designs for powder coating and ecoating

In this post, we are going to take you through a variety of different custom masking designs we've engineered and developed for some of the biggest brands' powder coating and e-coating lines and explain to you their purpose.  What we've seen over the years is that many coaters have issues related to masking, but don't know what the solution would be.  We hope you are able to go through this post and find a solution or inspiration for improving your line's output!

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Compression Molding Rubber for the New Era of Electric Vehicles

ev rubber compression molder

"We've always done it this way" doesn't fly within this highly competitive landscape we're seeing in the elctric vehicle push. This doesn't just go for the technology used and body design. It's something that is tranforming every element of the automotive manufacturing process. In this post, we're going to take you through one of the many areas of a vehicle that needed to evolve with the shift towards an all-electric future.

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E-Coat Masking Basics

E-Coat Masking

One aspect of this process that doesn't get much attention until the last minute is the masking process. In this post, we're going to take you through the basics and fundamentals of effectively masking for pretreatment and e-coat processes.

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Basics of Rubber Compression Molding Tools

rubber compression molding basics

Compression molding is an excellent, cost-effective manufacturing method for making a variety of rubber products. But, as of right now, to get professional rubber products that meet specific requirements, visually, dimensionally, and performance-wise, then you need to understand the backbone of the molding operations... tooling.

In this post, we go over the basics of a compression molding tool for rubber components, how they're made, and what makes a tool more efficient

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Future of Electric Vehicles: Sustainable Plastics

sustainable plastics

In this post, we cover two forms of sustainable plastics that automotive manufacturers are using or should be highly considering over the course of the next few years: Plastics used on the finished vehicle and bioplastics used for shipment protection.

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