Chip Keeler

Chip Keeler is Director of Molding and Finishing at Ferriot Inc.
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9 Reasons to Consider Painting Plastic Molded Parts

Posted by Chip Keeler on Jun 16, 2020 9:53:18 AM

Painting plastic injection molded parts is common, but perhaps not for the reasons you may think.  Today, resin compounders provide numerous colors and effects allowing plastic products to be made with a molded-in color.  This allows for a one-step process when molding a part and can be the most cost-effective option. 

Sometimes painting after the injection molding process is the better solution when requirements cannot be met with just a custom colored resin.  This is due to several factors that include appearance, UV protection and improved functionality.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Value-Added Services

Infographic: 10 Questions Industrial Designers Need to Ask About Injection Molding

Posted by Chip Keeler on May 4, 2017 6:47:37 PM

There are ten key questions designers must have the answers to for a successful conversion from other materials to resin injection molding. Whether the design is for medical devices, business machines or for an industrial application, arm yourself today with this valuable infographic checklist.  

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Understanding EMI / RFI Shielding for Injection Molded Components

Posted by Chip Keeler on Mar 29, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Today, so many different parts are being injection molded. These parts include laptop and mobile phone cases, medical and military electronic components, and a variety of other materials across industrial, consumer and specialty markets. Because of this, EMI and RFI shielding is becoming increasingly important.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, materials, custom injection molding

Top 5 Finish Assembly Questions to Ask Your Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Chip Keeler on Mar 22, 2017 11:29:00 AM

When working with an injection molding company, many do not offer final assembly services. If you do find a contract manufacturer you are planning on working with that can take care of final assembly tasks, there’s a host of questions you will need to ask them. During the vetting stage, here are five of the most important questions to ask your contract manufacturer about their final assembly services.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Contract Manufacturing

Don’t Make These Mistakes with Final Assembly Services

Posted by Chip Keeler on Feb 22, 2017 12:40:53 PM

No matter how much experience a person has and no matter how hard they try, there comes a point when we must all accept that we are only human. Mistakes can be made. This is one of the reasons it pays to have a final assembly service provider that understands your industry and end goals.

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Topics: Contract Manufacturing, final assembly

2 Reasons Why You Should Paint Plastic Molded Parts

Posted by Chip Keeler on Apr 9, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Painting plastics is not easy, as special paints are required to give your parts the desired finish and ensure it bonds well with the plastic. However, painting techniques have evolved over the years and there are several different means by which the plastic parts can be painted to meet any need. Below are two main reasons why plastic parts should be painted:


Completely unrelated to functionality, the details below discuss options if you are looking for a flawless finish. 


If your pieces need to be uniform and you require a custom color, it will be less expensive and more pleasing to paint the pieces rather than create a custom resin. OEMs choose to use painted plastics because resins may not offer the desired effect or color.

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Topics: Finishing Operations

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