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The Protool Plastics Group at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019

The Protool Plastics Group will be showcasing thermal management via polymer heatsinks at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics at Event City Manchester on the 2nd – 3rd October 2019.

Protool Plastics offer a full analysis service for thermal management via injection moulded polymers & sample heatsinks can be seen at the exhibition.

This specialist technology reduces costs, reduces product weight and allows the product designer a much wider range of design opportunities.

Typical material advantages are:-

  • 40% component cost reduction compared to aluminium die casting.
  • 42% lighter than aluminium, critical for automotive & ceiling lightweight saving.
  • Comparable performance to aluminium based on 35C ambient temperature thermal tests.
  • 40% reduction in mould tool cost.
  • Tool life in excess of 500,000 shots compared to 80,000 shots in aluminium.
  • Post mould machining or painting not required.
  • Electrically conductive or insulating options.
  • Accommodates self-tapping screws.
  • Can be post mould machined, drilled or tapped.

Group Managing Director Michael Hadfield, stated: “Our Fareham site has manufactured polymer heatsinks for several years and as such has significant experience in the process parameters required to accurately injection mould a polymer that behaves differently to almost all others.

Back in 2014, it was difficult to sell this technology as designers could not compute that a material that is usually thermally insulating could be thermally conductive to the required levels. Times change and the drive to reduce costs and product weights have given us a bigger window of opportunity to demonstrate its full potential.

He further commented “Advances in material technology and heatsink design has vastly increased the potential of the polymer with successful applications on commercial lighting up to 5,000 Lumens and over 30 watts of output power. This technology has come of age, and we continue to be at the forefront of injection moulded polymers across the UK.

The Protool Plastics Group (Fareham & Manchester) are ready to take your injection moulding enquiries now.

For more information, visit www.protoolplast.com

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