GEARING UP FOR PLASTIC
Demands for cost saving have led to engineering polymers replacing metals in many applications; one of these is the manufacture of gears. The range of products using plastic gears ranges from automotive applications, such as seat adjusters and windscreen wipers, through to domestic appliances and pumps, office equipment and power tools.
Initial developments in this field used the industry’s first engineering polymer – DuPont’s Zytel nylon. Today gears are manufactured from a range of engineering polymers depending upon the application.