Is It Time to Break Up with Your Custom Injection Molder?

Posted by Craig Ferriot on Jul 6, 2016 1:06:04 PM


Consider this scenario: Despite your best efforts, your custom injection molder is missing deadlines or producing or assembling your project at an unacceptable error rate. Perhaps it's just costing you a lot more than you had budgeted. In any case, it just isn't working out. What are your options, and can you really afford to switch to a new manufacturing partner?

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Topics: Expert Knowledge, Injection Molding

Guidelines for the Design and Injection Molding of Electroplated Plastics

Posted by Craig Ferriot on Apr 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Decorative metallic coatings allow plastic parts to function as lightweight, economical alternatives to metals in a variety of applications (i.e. automotive, appliance, business machines, etc.). One such process is electroplating, which provides a high-quality, durable finish to plastic. Today, plating grades of ABS and PC ABS meet the stringent performance requirements of automotive and appliance applications.   

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Topics: Injection Molding

Concurrent Engineering of Plastic Parts

Posted by Dale Leopold on Nov 19, 2015 9:46:39 AM

Two major impact areas for product development engineers.

Designing new products is a very tough job; there is so much to do and little time to make it happen. Speaking specifically about molded plastic parts, four critical areas usually blend together in successful product designs. The 3D part design, material selection, tool design / construction, and simulation /processing. If not impossible, it would be extremely difficult to find any one person who can do it all. This is why it is so important to have molding partners that can help share the weight of the new product development process.

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Topics: Injection Molding

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

14 Reasons Why Prototyping is Beneficial When Designing Plastic Parts

Posted by Craig Ferriot on May 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM


When working with an injection molding company to help create your new product, it’s important to create a prototype for long-term success. While the initial process may feel expensive and cumbersome, it’s much more beneficial and cost-effective to prototype and identify issues early, than to make an expensive injection mold only to find out something doesn’t work or look the way you and your team envisioned it. Prototyping helps to avoid huge headaches and let you enjoy the creation you’ve worked hard to build.
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Topics: Injection Molding

How to Ensure Injection Molding Success with Proper Screw Choice

Posted by Bob Brook on Feb 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

There are many variables that impact the success of injection molding a good part. One of these variables is injection machine screw choice. When it comes to screw choice, choosing the right screw geometry for your project is crucial to success. It will ensure there is no material degradation and that the material will have been properly melted. This will result in less stress in the part, less scrap, and proper size and weight.

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Topics: Injection Molding

9 Benefits of Metal-to-Plastic Replacement

Posted by Liz Knapp on Jan 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In today’s world of manufacturing and new product development, the need for fast-paced production and the existence of complex designs is greater than ever. Historically, manufacturers have depended on metal due to an existing wealth of metal knowledge, it’s strength and stiffness, perceived quality, and ideal properties related to electricity, UV performance, and chemical resistance. However, due to a fluctuating economy, high cost of goods, and smaller margins, the need for materials that can reduce weight, cost, and production time is huge.

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Topics: Injection Molding

5 Reasons Why Polypropylene Siding Is Better Than Vinyl Siding

Posted by Dale Leopold on Jan 13, 2015 3:50:43 PM

When I initially joined the building products industry in the year 1999 there were 30 + Manufacturers of Vinyl Siding…  Fast forward to today, and it’s now down to 9… mostly through consolidation. It remains the #1 Choice for exterior cladding across the US, primarily due to its low cost and maintenance freedom.  And it looks EXACTLY like it did in 1999, nothing has changed. 

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Topics: Injection Molding

7 Aspects to Identify When Designing Injection Molded Plastics

Posted by Brad Martin on Nov 25, 2014 9:28:00 AM

Are you looking to design, develop, or produce a component that needs to be injection molded to complete the project? Do you know what key aspects you need to identify as you go to design molded plastics?

When going into this process, you need to identify both the obvious and not so obvious! Below are 7 items for you to consider before launching your project. 

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Topics: Injection Molding

What are The Different Types of Resin?

Posted by Brad Martin on Nov 20, 2014 9:49:53 AM

When beginning the process of developing a plastic component through the injection molding process, one of the top priorities needs to be identifying the different  type or types of resin to be used on the product. While there is opportunity to customize the resins to fit the end use of the part, there are a wide variety of resins available, which opens up unlimited possibilities in design and function.   

The first step in the process is to identify the key physical attributes that the end product requires. Below is a list of properties the need to be evaluated:

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Topics: Injection Molding

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