Long fiber technology is the advancement of easily moldable thermoplastic that can create a variety of componentry, most commonly found in the automotive industry. Long fiber molding is one of the fastest growing areas of thermoplastics due to its barrier properties, durability, efficiency, and cost. The following are three interesting facts about the technology that you should consider prior to using it in your manufacturing. While the type of job will determine the material, consider long fiber technology as a viable option.
Long Fiber Versus Short Fiber Technology
Every class of material has its specific benefits. Polyfibers that are reinforced with long fiber technology increase performance levels that cannot be replicated by short fiber materials. Of course, the actual requirements of each application should dictate the material used. When compared to short fiber technology, the modulus is almost equivalent and really depends more on the filler content than the fiber length.
Long fiber composites offer an excellent price-to-performance ratio that sits between short-fiber composites and advanced materials. Long fiber plastics can be easily processed through injection molding tools. Due to these performance characteristics, long fiber technology is slowly becoming the preferred method over traditional plastic in various industries including, automotive, consumer goods, industrial equipment, information technology and sports and leisure. Other characteristics include, better impacts resistance, high rigidity level at elevated and below-zero temperatures, creep resistance under load, dimensional stability and modulus retention at high temperatures. The material is commonly referred to as “stiff and tough” due to its many useful characteristics.
Using Plastic to Replace Metal
Reinforced plastic composites, such as long fiber technology, are beginning to replace metal in a variety of applications. This is because long fibers deliver improved aesthetics, corrosion resistance, and opportunities to consolidate parts. Designers are now able to utilize these benefits when confronted with the high load requirements of a structural component. Many designers are steering clear of metal because it is too heavy and too expensive. Long fiber is a viable alternative to the traditional metal die casting, assemblies and plastic materials.