Smart Solutions for Major Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics

With their aesthetic designs and ever-increasing innovative features that simplify our lives, electrical home appliances and consumer electronics are indispensable to us.

These products have become not only an essential part of our lives, but also the locomotive sector in the countries where they are produced, making great contributions to the development of industry in general. In Turkey, which is certainly one of these countries, the major home appliances and consumer electronics industry has grown into Europe’s largest production base with a production capacity exceeding 25 million units. One of the biggest reasons for the success of the industry, which continues to increase its capacity every year, is its accomplishments in processing thermoplastic materials. With advantages such as freedom of design, ease of processing and recycling, thermoplastics both help save time and contribute to the producers’ bottom line by reducing production costs. Thanks to R&D efforts, technological developments and innovative designs, the home appliance industry has begun developing high quality products with superior energy-efficiency that are less damaging to nature.

Thanks to R&D efforts, technological developments and innovative designs, the home appliance industry has begun developing high quality products with superior energy-efficiency that are less damaging to nature.Concerns about the environment, limited energy resources and heightened competition are the main drivers for producers to manufacture sustainable and economic products. Unlike metals, thermoplastics are low-density, easily-to-process materials. They need much less energy for production and recycling.

Besides, complex products can be produced in a single step without the need for secondary processes such as machining, painting and surface treatment. Many components can be put together at once, reducing the number of assembly operations. In addition, plastics’ resistance to corrosion and other chemical impacts increases the durability and lifetime of products. Hence, plastics are low-cost, environmentally friendly materials. Although some of the main properties of metal cannot be provided by standard thermoplastics, manufacturers are able to produce products that provide these properties by using specially engineered thermoplastics that are reinforced with fillers and additives. These composites not only increase abrasion resistance, durability, hardness, flame retardancy, conductivity and thermal resistance, but also considerably reduce costs compared to metals.

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Metals have been used in components such as gears, bearings, bushings and shafts, where resistance to wear and abrasion is important. However, machining, polishing and surface treatments were required in order to obtain a low coefficient of friction in such uses of metal. Today, thermoplastics, whose processing has been steadily getting simpler, have taken the place of metals because they make it possible to manufacture the desired product in one step. Self-lubricating thermoplastic products developed by eurotec® have replaced metals in many applications, providing low friction, as well as resistance to scratches and abrasion. One of these products, Tecomid® NA40 GR30 NL RT (PA 6.6, 30% glass fiber reinforced, PTFE-added) exhibits superior performance in applications where there is plastic-to-plastic contact, providing a low coefficient of friction and high abrasion resistance. If you, however, need oil resistance, high mechanical properties, superior thermal aging resistance, hydraulic strength and a low friction coefficient for high temperature applications, then Tecomid® NT40 GR50 BK009 JF (PPA, 50% glass fiber reinforced, heat-stabilized, MoS2-added) is an excellent choice that possesses all these properties.

The miniaturization of household appliances thanks to innovative designs by the major home appliances and consumer electronics industry, as well as the overall rise in the amount of consumable or durable products in homes and offices and their increased energy use have all contributed to the unintended side-effect of heightened the risk of fire. As the risk increases, a better understanding of mechanisms of fire formation becomes more vital. Fires start with a small blaze and spread when not extinguished. When the temperature rises to a critical point (flash point), all surrounding materials catch fire and the situation becomes life-threatening. Flame retardant materials slow down the flames at the moment of flare-up and often prevent them from spreading to other components. Therefore, flame-retardant thermoplastics can prevent a possible fire by reducing flammability or delay the spread of fire by smothering the flames. euro<strong>tec<sup>®</sup></strong> ‘s wide range of products includes both halogenated and halogen-free products as well as special products with low smoke and toxic gas emissions.

Analyses clearly show that with all the smart offers presented by the developing thermoplastic industry, the use of thermoplastics in electrical appliances will increase and thermoplastics will shape the future of this industry. Both environmentally- and budget-friendly, innovative solutions are being developed for new generations of household appliances and consumer electronics. Offering a wide range of such products, euro<strong>tec<sup>®</sup></strong> continues to produce intelligent solutions with an eye for innovation, based on custom-made products and services.

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