CAMX 2017 preview: Globe Plastics
At Globe Plastics Inc. (Chino, CA, US) is emphasizing its injection and transfer molded products and services. Globe specializes in the compression molding of medium to large thermoset components in dimensions up to 72 inchs long and 48 inches wide, at tolerances of ±0.001 inch. Globe is ISO 9001:2008 and AS 9100 Rev. C certified. The company's injection molding services include engineering grade thermoplastics and thermosetting compounds, with emphasis on micro, miniature and small parts. Mold cavitation ranges from 1-63 cavities, with shot sizes ranging from 1 oz to 4 pounds. Thermosets in materials include BMC, TMC, SMC, DAP, Acoustacomp, epoxy and phenolic, using fiberglass and carbon fibers, plus a variety of thermoplastics. Booth R73.
As thermoplastic composites makes inroads into these complex, modular parts, weight and cost go down, functionality goes up.
Dale Brosius, the chief commercialization officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and a regular CW columnist, sees a shift in the industry from infighting between proponents of thermoset and thermoplastic composites to a healthier competitive atmosphere that serves to make composites overall more competitive with legacy materials.
Reinforced plastics save weight and cost, increase underhood productivity.