The use of Plastics in electrical products continues to grow. What started with circuit boards and transformer bobbins, now includes most enclosures and component bodies. New applications for plastics appear every day. Yet most engineers know little more than to ask for the UL flame rating.
To prevent getting “burned” during your compliance evaluations due to improperly specified plastics, it is important to know how to incorporate plastics into electrical products. We will discuss the core plastics requirements, material verification, differences between North American & International plastics standards, and the plastics tests. Perhaps even more importantly, we will discuss application specific plastics tests, how to avoid them, and how to prepare for them when they cannot be avoided.
This is a presentation intended for engineers and technicians who are involved with the design and/or compliance verification of products that incorporate plastics.