With the recent advancements in the field of plastic engineering, plastic now offers a multitude of properties once thought to be unique to metal. Certainly, there will always be a need for metal, but for many industrial and consumer markets, plastic is becoming the material of choice.
Following are five reasons why you should choose plastic over metal in your applications:
1. Design and Size Flexibility
Plastic offers a superior level of flexibility when compared to metal. They can be molded in ways metal cannot and still offer the same kind of durability. Moreover, since plastic is malleable, it has never been this easy to create aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated designs and shapes.
Plastic has always been cheaper than metal, and in some cases, making a whopping cost difference of 25%! Reason being, plastic is relatively easy to manufacture. Thus, there is a lower cost of production combined with the benefit of mass production savings. Furthermore, plastic is sturdy and is less likely to be damaged during shipment or installation. Imagine the expenses saved on repair and maintenance.
3. Enhanced Safety
With metal, there will always be a risk of sustaining injury from sharp edges while manufacturing or installing. However, since plastic is light-weight and is designed with smooth round edges, one does not need to worry about injuring themselves while handling them.
4. Longer Life Span
Plastic has a longer lifespan when compared to metal. One of the biggest drawback to using metal is that it can undergo corrosion. This can cause it to freeze in place, making it almost impossible to remove without cutting. Plastic, on the other hand, resists corrosion and does not get damaged easily.
5. Weather Resistance
Extreme heat and cold weather can damage metal over time. Furthermore, metal can be prone to corrosion during rains. Advanced plastics like polypropylene are made with special additives that provide UV protection and are corrosion-resistant. It is also more durable than metal and can withstand harsh weather conditions without being damaged.
Plastic has always known to be been versatile, economic and safer than metal. Therefore, plastic will offer a better alternative over metal in many applications. Are you considering replacing the metal parts in your business with plastic? If yes, then register for PlastiWorld 2019 trade show and get exposed to numerous plastic products that will help you grow your business.