For years metal to plastic conversion was the norm rather than the exception . The reason for this is very simple. During the early years, we were a “copy-cat” industry. Also up until the 1950s there were fewer than 20 different raw materials to choose from. Then starting in the 60s new, more requirement specific materials started to evolve. Some were developed for high impact qualities, some were for chemical and solvent resistance, while still others were developed to be used in high heat situations. At the same time new products started to evolve that were no longer copies of other products but were use and application specific. The first sign of this were the reel to reels used in the earliest mainframe computers. As desktop computers, desktop printers and later on mobile phones became reality more and more application specific raw materials were developed.
Plastic parts designers were preoccupied with products that were designed only in plastic and new products that were designed in metal were pretty much slatted to always be metal, in spite of the fact that we now have at our disposal an arsenal of over 25000 plastic raw materials that will virtually fill the bill on any metal application.
There are literally hundreds of reasons to consider “Metal to Plastic Conversion”. Listed below are just a few:
When equipment manufacturers complete metal to plastic conversion throughout their product lines the may effect serious reductions in freight costs as reflected in:
Plastic products today are no longer regarded as second rate but are seen as items made of modern “space age” material superior to the metal products that they replace.