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Hinge design for mobile phone handles pressures

The global popularity of mobile phones has raised the consumers' requirements for the integration of advanced functions -- including cameras, audio, TV, PC, and GPS. The industry has responded with st...


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March 1, 2009 by Canadian Plastics



The global popularity of mobile phones has raised the consumers’ requirements for the integration of advanced functions — including cameras, audio, TV, PC, and GPS. The industry has responded with stackable designs of mobile phones with slide hinges to accommodate multi-functions, large screens, and expandable keyboards.

When Taiwanese manufacturer Simula Technology Inc. wanted a coating that provided wear resistance, bonding strength, and ease of processing to strengthen the durability of the slide hinge component of its mobile phones, it chose Vicote coatings, based on Victrex PEEK polymer.

The innovative design passed the EU’s strict RoHS certification and helped Simula Technology successfully expand into the European market.

“Mobile phones with slide hinges have become so popular among consumers that they’ve created a new trend in the marketplace,” said Richard Liu, vice general manager of Simula’s R&D Centre. “Tests show that mobile phone slide hinges using Vicote coatings maintain their original smoothness after 200,000 cycles and above, and the ease of processing serves to raise the production efficiency and yield rate.” Victrex USA Inc.

(West Conshohocken, Pa.);

www.victrex.com

484-342-6001