Plastics Institute of America:
Plastics Engineering, Manufacturing & Data Handbook

Edited by:
Dominick V. Rosato
Plastics Fallo; Plastics Institute of America Inc.;

Nick R. Schott
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Plastics Engineering Dept.; Plastics Institute of America, Lowell, MA, USA;

Donald V. Rosato
PlastiSource Inc.; Plastics Institute of America; and

Marlene G. Rosato
PlastiSource Inc.; Plastics Institute of America

Plastics Engineering, Manufacturing & Data HandbookThis comprehensive handbook provides a simplified, practical, and innovative approach to understanding the design and manufacture of plastic products. This unique review will expand the reader's understanding of plastics technology by defining and focusing on past, current and future technical trends.

Plastics behavior is presented to enhance the capability of fabricating products that meet performance standards, low cost requirements and profitability targets. To maximize product performance-to-cost efficiency, it is important to know the behavior of plastics. Therefore, the behaviors of different plastic products are reviewed. Examples include toys, medical devices, cars, boats, underwater devices, containers, springs, pipes, buildings and aircraft. Also covered are behaviors associated with different plastic materials (thermoplastics, elastomers, reinforced plastics) and the many fabricating processes (extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, forming, foaming, reaction injection molding, rotational molding).

This material is presented so that both technical and non-technical readers can understand the interrelationships of materials to processes. The authors examine different plastic products and their related critical factors, from meeting performance requirements in different environments, to reducing costs, and targeting for zero defects. Examples used include small to large, and simple to complex shapes. Information is included on static properties (tensile, flexural), dynamic properties (creep, fatigue, impact), physical, and chemical properties.

Over 20,000 subjects are reviewed with 1060 figures and 415 tables. This book will be of interest to a wide range of plastics professionals: tool makers, fabricators, designers, plant managers, materials suppliers, equipment suppliers, testing and quality control personnel, sales/marketing managers, and cost estimators. This handbook provides an excellent introduction to students studying the plastics field.


Foreword: Plastics Institute of America.
1. Introduction to Plastics.
2. Plastics Materials.
  2A. Behaviors of Plastics.
  2B. Selecting Plastics.
  2C. Recycling of Plastics.
  2D. Plastics Comparisons.
3. Fabricating Processes.
  3A. Plasticators.
  3B. Tooling.
  3C. Processing Machinery Lines.
  3D. Extrusions.
  3E. Injection Moldings.
  3G. Thermoformings.
  3H. Foam Processes.
  3I. Reinforced Plastics.
  3J. Compression Moldings and Transfer Moldings.
  3K. Rotational Moldings.
  3L. Calendering.
  3M. Reaction Injection Moldings.
  3N. Other Processes.
4. Designing Products.
5. Troubleshooting.
6. Computer Systems.
7. Testing, Quality Controls, and Statistics.
8. Cost Estimating and Profit Planning.
9. Markets.
10. Laws and Regulations.
11. Summary. Appendices. References. Index.

Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-7316-2, October 2001 , 2200pp.
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