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Plastic-Metal Hybrids' Momentum Is Building

Nylon Oil Sump Gets Its Start in Trucks
Integrated nylon oil sumps for a new line of trucks made by Mercedes-Benz have begun to roll down German autobahns, paving the way for a potential torrent of conversions from aluminum, steel, and thermosets to thermoplastics.

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Composites: Getting Faster and More Automated
Modifications to the common core pin can be a simple solution, but don’t expect all resins to behave the same. Gas assist is also worth a try.

How to Reduce Sinks
Modifications to the common core pin can be a simple solution, but don’t expect all resins to behave the same. Gas assist is also worth a try.

Wood-Filled Plastics: They Need the Right Additives for Strength, Good Looks, and Long Life
Wood-plastic composites, or WPCs, are already a 1.3-billion-lb market and are growing at 20% annually.

How Do You Measure Up?
"Benchmarking" is in vogue these days, as companies look anxiously over their shoulder at the competition and wonder how they compare in quality, efficiency, and profitability.

Beyond Decking: Wood Composites Branch Out
Extruded decking still drives the embryonic wood-filled plastics market. But injection and compression molded wood composites are coming on strong, and extruded profiles are moving toward more complex millwork shapes.

Strategies

Flambeau Finds the Right Balance of Custom & Proprietary Molding
Flambeau Corp.'s most famous product is the Duncan yo-yo.

Troubleshooter

How to Stop Flash
Flashing of a part can occur for several reasons—from variations in the process or material to tooling trouble.

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