WDS duplicated its range of glass-reinforced polymer hand knobs in a biopolymer source. The new hand knobs can be used across virtually all the same applications as standard polymer designs.
The new designs are suitable for outdoor use and activities in rugged locations. As a result, the environmental hand knobs can be specified for applications such as the adjustment of cameras and optical equipment through to outdoor machinery. They are also an ideal replacement for indoor machinery for environmentally conscious organisations.
The hand knobs are created to the DIN6336 star knob design and comprise a black biopolymer knob grip with a zinc plated steel shaft. The range is available in thread diameters ranging from M5 up to M12, and both male and female designs are available.
Sam Wilkinson, design engineer at WDS Components, said: “The new range of environmental hand knobs has been introduced to fulfil demand for companies with a focus on sustainability. This impetus was recognised by WDS Components’ Sustainability Task Force, an inter-departmental team that focuses on sustainable development covering all areas of business operations, including new product development. Our challenge was to add a hand knob to the WDS catalogue that is from a biological source that was as durable as a standard polymer, and we’ve achieved that with our new range thanks to a special design that is supported by the right material sourcing.”
As a result of the new product launch, WDS expects to release further standard parts and components constructed from the environmentally friendly biopolymer.