IM bonds numerous components together with thermoplastic. A benefit of this process, when coupled with automation, is reduced assembly and labor costs. For example, a stamped metal insert can be used to create a perforated IM part, which effectively creates an insulated multi-path circuit.
IM can be used to eliminate fasteners and connectors. By introducing the bonded strength of resin and metal inserts, IM yields smaller, lighter, more durable components.
Engineers welcome the flexibility and possibilities that IM provides. For example, a complex stamped metal or formed part can be used in IM. The external resin provides insulation while the internal metal part provides a dedicated multi-path electric circuit.
IM components reduce the possibility for parts to loosen, become misaligned and/or become electrically disconnected. An overall benefit of thermoplastic resin is improved shock and vibration durability.
Inserted metals including frame die castings, plated copper pins, sockets, and wire embedded into Engineering plastic or Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR).