Design demand

It can be said that the challenge of design is to make existing products obsolete or at least offer significant improvements. Despite this level of activity there arc always new fields of products to explore. Plastics will continue to change the shape of worldwide business rapidly. Today's plastics tend to do more and cost less, which is why in many cases they came into use in the first placc. Tomorrow's requirements will be still more demanding, but with sound design, plastics will satisfy those demands, resulting not only in new processes and materials but improvements in existing processing and materials.

R&D continues even more in manipulating molecules to the extent that the range of materials offered to industry will continue to present new opportunities and allow existing businesses to enjoy profitable growth. Also ahead are the different raw material sources to produce plastics that involve biotechnology. A reading of the literature and patents being issued indicates that there is a great deal of commercially oriented research being aimed at further improvement and modification into the plastic family. However recognize that the basic analysis for designing plastic products continues to be related to temperature-time-load and environment.

Unfortunately sometimes a new design concept is not accepted or may simply be ahead of its time. In 1483 Leonardo da Vinci designed what he called a spiral screw flying machine. In 1942 Igor Sikorsky developed the R4B helicopter (included plastics parts). One could say, in a joking manner, that it took 459 years to bring a designed product to market; seems a failure in materials/or perhaps the interoffice communication.

Alexander Graham Bell believed the photophone, not the telephone, was his greatest invention. His photophone carried the spoken voice by reflected sunbeams instead of wire, but did not find any practical application a century ago. Because light has 20,000 times shorter frequency than microwaves, it can carry 20,000 time more information. Only since the onset of computers has this ability been needed (includes plastic tubing, etc.). It would seem that Alex Bell was ahead of his time.

Fortunately people we know did not have to design the human body. The human body is the most complex structure ever "designed" with its so-called 2,000 parts (with certain parts being replaced with plastics). Can you imagine designing the heart (now occurring) that recirculates all the blood in the body every 20 minutes, pumping it through 60,000 miles of blood vessels, etc. Thus the designer of the human body had to be extremely creative; some of us know who designed the human body.

The past events in designing plastic products have been nothing short of major worldly achievements. Innovations and visionary provides the required high level of sophistication that is applied to problems that exist with solutions that follow. Ahead is a continuation of meeting new challenges with these innovations and idealism that continues to make plastics a dynamic and visionary industry. The statement that we are in the World of Plastics is definitely true. In fact one can say that plastic products has made life easier for all worldwide.

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