JASON HOLBROOK, SALES MANAGER, KRAUSE MAFFEI
Thermoset parts were the forefront of our plastics industry decades ago, but have been replaced in large part by thermoplastics. This is due in part to the cost of materials, design flexibility, material performance enhancements, and filled thermoplastics. But, thermosets are making a comeback!
With today’s electronic technologies being designed into products in the automotive, medical, & aerospace industries, we’re seeing a wonderful opportunity for thermoset materials again, but part of the challenge at hand is that thermoset process & production technologies have not advanced to efficiencies of thermoplastic molding (process technology, automation, cycle improvement, etc..). Many molders are simply doing it the old fashion way – manually.
Furthermore, with CAFÉ standards on the rise, and the push for more fuel efficient transportation, thermosets will play an important role in automotive part designs that can both minimize weight, be heat resistant, electrically insolated, and designed for optimal part function.
With such good opportunity at hand, our thermoset industry needs to prepare itself with more automated systems & process advances to achieve the cycle requirements & piece price demands these industries will demand.
Jason started his career with Worthington Custom Plastics following graduation with a B.Sc. in Engineering from Ohio University in 1995. He has since spent 4-years with ITW Nifco, and 13-Years with Wittmann Battenfeld, joining Krauss Maffei in 2012.
Jason brings with him a strong background building on the latest in current & relevant technologies in plastics injection machinery & automation.