The Benefits of Using Thermoplastic Injection Molding Parts in Modern Telecommunications Applications
Technological advancements affect every aspect of our world. As plastics research results in interesting new developments, more industries are turning to this material for their tools and products. Medical parts, lab equipment, and the parts of many consumer goods are benefitting from advances in thermoplastics and precision injection molding.
The telecommunications industry is no exception. In fact, it’s changing more rapidly than some other fields. Advancements in thermoplastics and precision injection molding are especially valuable to telecommunications. Whether you work on communications towers or with end-user devices (or anything between), plastics are an important part of your work.
Benefits of Thermoplastics
The telecommunications industry has always been driven by the use of the best possible materials available at the time; today, that means working with thermoplastics. Some benefits that thermoplastics have over other materials include:
- Tensile strength
- Low cost
- Lighter weight
- Resistance to heat, chemicals, impacts, and fatigue
- High rigidity
- Extremely low water absorption
These traits can be found in other materials, but no single material has all of them combined. There’s also a variety of thermoplastics that vary in their specific levels of these characteristics, resulting in thermoplastics being suited for various uses. Some thermoplastics and their applications in telecommunications are:
- ABS plastics. These are used for electroplated plastic components and in creating computer terminals, keyboards, phones, and similar devices.
- These have an almost complete resistance to moisture as well as a higher than average thermal and chemical resistance.
- Nylons have better resistance to repeated impacts and are used in cable coating and various electrical components.
- Boasting some of the highest all-around resistances among thermoplastics, polycarbonates are used for many applications requiring extreme toughness.
The Importance of Precision Injection Molding
With recent advances, thermoplastics are seeing a wider variety of uses. Moreover, relying on the strengths inherent in conventional injection molding, more precise parts can now be produced efficiently from plastics. This is especially important in fields like telecommunications, where highly specific and intricate plastic mechanisms are needed. Utilizing the injection molding process to produce these materials safeguards their purity and quality, helps maintain their precise shape, and yields the results that these advanced technologies need to operate reliably.
Thermoplastics and precision injection molding affect many industries, but none more so than telecommunications. The possibilities introduced by precise production using lighter-weight, lower-cost, and more durable materials will shape the face of this growing field for years to come.