In overmolding of plastic onto electronic components, the goal today is flexibility. Here are three real-world examples of different kinds of modular cell layouts that have been used in production. Linear cell systems produce hybrid teletronic components consisting of plastic overmolded onto a metal carrier strip. Until recently, highly integrated hybrid molding cells have been dedicated to a single product. Now, flexibility is the goal. Case 1: Thermal switch housings of glass-filled nylon overmolded on a brass strip will be produced at NPE2018. Case 2: Radial production cell for four-pin plugs with an LSR seal produces eight parts in 24 sec. Case 2: Eight four-pin plugs of glass-filled PBT are overmolded onto metal and assembled with an LSR seal. Case 3: Radial cell infeeds two strips to form the leadframe of contact elements. Two six-axis robots flank the vertical injection press. All elements of the hybrid molding cell can be monitored and controlled from the Engel CC300 injection press controller. Overmolding of plastic onto metal electronic components is used in various industries, including automotive, appliance white goods, telecommunications, medical technology, and ae...