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

Top 10 Injection Molding Blog Posts of the Last Decade

Posted by Liz Lipply on Jan 15, 2020 9:55:16 AM

Truth be told, although Ferriot has been around for close to a century accumulating an unlimited wealth of experience and applied expertise, we've really only been blogging for a short time. However, since 2020 marks the start of a new decade, we felt it was apropos to share our TOP 10 injection molding blog posts. The front-runners are determined by you, our frequent readers, after nearly 20,000 views of dozens of blog articles on a variety of topics. The majority of these articles are a quick read, requiring only a few minutes to consume. No doubt you'll find them quite valuable. You be the judge...  

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding

Why Ultrasonic Welding Services Are Best for Plastics Manufacturing

Posted by Liz Lipply on Oct 3, 2019 10:58:55 AM

When it comes to plastics manufacturing, choosing ultrasonic welding services compared to traditional welding and adhesive methods offers a variety of benefits.

  • Traditional methods of welding plastic components require higher temperatures or chemical adhesives.
  • Ultrasonic welding takes less time.
  • An ultrasonic welding machine doesn’t require as much power and/or fuel.
  • Results of ultrasonic welding are more reliable than order methods.

In short, ultrasonic welding is faster, safer, and cheaper than other means of bringing plastic components together.

Read on to learn more about what ultrasonic welding is, how it compares to traditional methods and some considerations you should take before selecting a plastics manufacturer.

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Topics: Finishing Operations

Injection Molded Parts that Shine, Part II: Planning for Effective Chrome Plating of Plastic Parts in Product Design

Posted by Kevin Coleman on Nov 16, 2018 10:15:56 AM

As discussed in Part I, chrome plating offers an attractive, durable finish for plastic parts used in a wide range of applications. Although chrome is the ultimate finish for a plastic part, adding chrome plating can’t be an afterthought in your product design. Any surface defects on the part will only become more pronounced once a decorative chrome finish is applied. Chrome requires advance planning and attention to detail in the design of the part, the mold and the specific molding techniques used.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding, chrome plating

Injection Molded Parts that Shine: What to Consider When Chrome Plating Plastics

Posted by Kevin Coleman on Jul 26, 2018 9:46:15 AM

Are you designing injection molded parts for a new product or looking to update an existing product? There are numerous finishes that may be of interest. Perhaps you are considering a chrome finish on your ABS or PC ABS part? Beyond the snazzy, visual appeal, there are other good reasons to use chrome. First and foremost is that it adds an attractive, decorative finish. In addition, it may also provide a level of corrosion protection, make cleaning the surface easier and increase the overall durability of the part.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding

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

6 Ways An Injection Molding Company Can Improve Your Time To Market

Posted by Liz Knapp on Aug 10, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Keeping a competitive edge in today’s market requires speed and agility when launching new products. Time to market for new products has become further and further compressed. Early engagement with a full service plastics partner can steam-line your development process and accelerate your time to market.  

Here are six ways a full-service plastics partner can help your business reduce time to market for new products.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding, Contract Manufacturing

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

3 Common Pad Printing Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them

Posted by Marc Keeler on Mar 6, 2015 9:42:33 AM

Pad printing is an innovative and effective process for transferring a two-dimensional image onto a three-dimensional surface. It can also be a delicate process with numerous variables that can lead to an unsatisfactory image transfer if done incorrectly. My goal in this post, assuming the reader has a basic understanding of the pad printing process, is to touch on a few of the more frequently encountered problems that cause poor image transfer and how to troubleshoot them.

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Topics: Finishing Operations

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