Electronic Components and Their Materials
Electronic Components, Devices and Equipment
There are a range of different electronic devices, components, products, and equipment.
At RP, we’ve manufactured all kinds of electronic components over the years.
These many different types of products and devices have been used across many different industries and in all parts of the world.
As insert moulding and overmoulding specialists, we’ve produced several electronic consumables and products which have been highly complex in their design and manufacture.
Here are some of the types of electronic devices and components we have manufactured over the years….
- Computer hardware and accessories such as circuit boards and housing units
- Smartphone cases
- Handheld gaming consoles
- Electrical switches
- Circuit breaker units
- Housing cases for DIY tools and hardware
- Stereo systems for automotive applications
Being ‘Without Limits,’ we can manufacture pretty much anything without making any changes to the original designs. That’s what makes us special.
We offer full Design For Manufacture (DFM), which means that we work with customers to ensure that their design will maximise value for them and reduce costs wherever possible.
We also offer a full rapid prototyping service so that products can be fully tested prior to full commercial roll out.
This means that customers won’t have to invest in full production until they’re absolutely sure that their electronic component or device is as robust and reliable as it can possibly be.
Commonly Used Materials in the Electronics Sector
Plastic is an ideal material for manufacturing an electronic component or device.
It is strong and durable, lightweight, has low heat conductivity, low electrical conductivity, is naturally insulating, energy efficient, and recyclable.
There are a range of different plastics which can be used in the production of electronic components.
Each of these plastics has their own set of individual characteristics and properties.
Selecting the optimum plastic for the intended application is the key to effective material selection in any type of plastic injection moulding process.
In the manufacture of electronic components, it is especially important. Certain properties may be fundamental requirements so that the final product functions safely and correctly.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more commonly used plastics in the electronics industry….
What Plastics Are Used in the Electronics Sector?
There are many grades of plastic polymer materials that are used for electronic component applications.
Here a just a handful:
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
ABS is flexible and highly resistant to chemicals, heat, and electricity.
It is used to manufacture telephone handsets, keyboards, monitors and housing units.
Polyamide is tough, resistant, durable, and is an excellent insulator of electricity.
It can be used to manufacture cable ties and power tool housings.
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
Polybutylene Terephthalate is chemical resistant, tough, and temperature resistant.
PBT is ideal for the manufacture of electrical enclosures, housings, and plug connectors.
Polycarbonate is outdoor-friendly, temperature resistant, and lightweight.
Due to its heat resistant and flame retardant properties, it is often used in electronic products for the telecommunications industry.
Acrylic is transparent, lightweight, and shatter resistant.
It can be used in electronic enclosures as well as remote control handsets.