The plastics-versus-metals battle isn't strictly an automotive or industrial components play. There's also considerable action in medical devices. Two key issues in each area are lightweighting and durability.
One new example comes from Ametek Engineered Medical Components (Arlington, MN), which is part of Ametek's Engineered Materials, Interconnects and Packaging (EMIP) Division.
The company recently switched from metal to polyetheretherketone (PEEK) for use in connection clamps for
x-ray tablets. A dielectric material, PEEK functions as an insulator in electrical connectors and cable applications for medical components and instrumentation. It's also wear-resistant and up to 70% lighter than metals. ...