Piper Plastics, a supplier of plastic and metal components to a range of industries based in Chandler, AZ, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards in the Materials & Assembly: Engineering Materials category. The company is recognized for its Kyron Max technology, which combines proprietary high-pressure molding with an engineered plastic that offers mechanical properties that match and, in some cases exceed, metals. The annual awards program celebrates the return and renaissance of manufacturing in North America by honoring companies and individuals who are driving progress. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 10, 2015, in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with the Pacific Design & Manufacturing event.
Introduced in July 2014, Kyron Max polymers are said to bridge the gap between high-volume injection molding, which produces parts economically but with limited mechanical properties, and pre-preg lay ups, which result in stronger components but is a relatively expensive and labor-intensive process. The materials and molding process developed by Piper Plastics allow high-volume injection molding of parts in strengths that approach lay-up composite polymers, according to the company. The technology enables the replacement of a broad array of metal parts with plastic equivalents while reducing material volume. The company initially embarked on this project to address an unmet need in the aviation industry, but the technology has manifold applications in a range of sectors, including the medical device space.