Parallelism lays at the heart of any manufacturing process. The nucleus of the concept is taken from the twists and turns that are taken by technology. Within any given period of time, developments across one sector have a direct influence on connecting disciplines. A new steam engine at the beginning of the industrial revolution sends out ripples of change and new metals have to be developed, larger than life parts that act as a seed of evolution across countless metallurgical facilities. The crux of this argument works for plastics and rubbers in the same way, although it’s now the time of metal to feel subjugated and a little past its prime.
These new polymers arise from virtual question marks that are placed at the end of engineering questions and riddles. Engineers read scientific discourses and attend conventions, thus spreading developments in these evolving plastics and rubbers. They analyse the substances and regard the materials as possible solutions to current engineering puzzles. The result is a plastic that can withstand the intense temperatures and pressures generated within an engine manifold, a practice that reinforces the weight reduction engineering designs currently being designed for prototype vehicles. Imagine an electric car that can’t get over 100 kph because of metal parts, especially the engine. The composite plastic parts sweep away this issue in one plastic-formed engine profile.
The value of technology advancement thus finds evolved plastics taking centre stage when it comes to energy savings. These new polymer breeds are built to resist heat and chemical reactance. They’re tailored to compress as specified by a client and to offer abrasion-defeating characteristics that create a scope of application that can’t be matched by metal without unrealistically expensive retooling. Affordable and generously susceptible to reformulation, the polymer solution focuses on versatility, a feature that’s taken on larger than life dimensions in today’s industries. For example, engineers are currently exploiting new plastics to see if entire homes can be built from different composites. The outer layer will offer support and protection. The inner layer is formed of an insulating foam polymer, and the foundations are comprised of layered sections of compressible rubber, a fabricated elastomer that absorbs seismic disturbances.
Innovative new production methods are needed to match these ambitious projects. They’re coming down the pipe in the shape of new elastomer-based products and thermosetting plastics. Meanwhile, long-chain polymer manipulation and cross-linking innovations combine with developments in additive science to deliver finite control over the properties of any compound. From this manipulative art meets scientific fabrication approach comes ever-lighter plastics that can be re-formed for multiple disciplines, especially aeronautical applications where versatility and strength are equally valued. Gathering pace behind specialty additives and shorter injection moulding cycle times, expect a generous increase in polymer recycling practices, which is yet another example of parallelism.