[New] Guide to Commonly Used Plastic Injection Molding Terms

While plastic injection molding may not be rocket science, it is still a very complex manufacturing process. It involves great attention to detail and there are many factors to take into consideration.

First, the part design must be developed and maximized for manufacturability. Then a mold must be built.  This involves computerized as well as hand tooling. The mold must then be tested along with resin and color options to determine the best formulation for the project. 

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Thermoforming vs. Injection Molding: What’s the Difference?

Used in all types of industries, plastics provide versatility and strength across a wide range of applications, from automotive body parts to human body parts. Each application requires a special manufacturing process that can mold the part based on specifications.

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Industry Focus — Medical & Pharmaceutical

With patient lives and staff safety at stake, the medical and pharmaceutical industries require adherence to strict safety and quality standards. Medical and pharmaceutical parts must be able to meet stringent quality and traceability standards, and all steps of the manufacturing process must be carefully monitored. In these sensitive industries, liability is essential.

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Industry Focus — Food & Beverage

To ensure consumer health and safety, the food and beverage industry must adhere to stringent specifications— requiring nontoxic parts, BPA-free components, and FDA certification. For plastic injection molding in these food service applications, various food grade materials must be used.

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10 Questions to Ask When Sourcing an Injection Molder

How often do you source a plastic injection molder?  If you are like most companies and purchasing managers, probably not very often. Typically, once you have selected an injection molder to work with, you are likely to stay with them for a long time as long as they keep producing quality plastic parts. 

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How to Choose the Best Resin Material for Your Plastic Part

This review of plastic resins will focus on the essential characteristics of polymers with some examples of popular resins and their applications.

To select the best resin for your manufacturing project, being able to answer the questions below will help guide you to the right material.

1. What is the intended end use of the part? 

-         Does the part need to be rigid or flexible?

-         Does the part need to withstand pressure or weight?

-         Will the parts need to withstand certain temperature variations?

-         Will the parts be exposed to other elements or chemicals?

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Plastic Injection Molding 101 - Cold Runner vs. Hot Runner Molds

Every plastic part starts in a mold.   Molds are classified into two main types, cold runner and hot runner.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.   Your plastic injection molder will be able to give you the costs and benefits of using these different systems.  However, by understanding the key differences of these technologies, you can have a more educated discussion on the type of mold that would best fit your project. 

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Top Plastic Injection Molding Industries: Window & Door

The Rodon Group — an industry-leading plastic injection molding company with more than 60 years of experience began offering innovative window and door solutions in 2010. Today, we’re proud to have these products represented by Industrial Sales Corporation (ISC), the industry’s premier representative firm to the fenestration industry.  

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Celebrating Earth Day and Environmental Sustainability

The 47th anniversary of Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22.  As the Earth Day organization moves closer to its 50th anniversary in 2020, each year they launch a series of bold themes and initiatives.  This year's theme is "Environmental and Climate Literacy. According to the Earth Day website, "Before we can solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry knowledgeable in environmental science and fluent in local and global ecological issues." You can learn more about the Earth Day 50 initiatives in the video below and on their website at http://www.earthday.org/earthday/countdown-to-2020/ 

 

Over the last few decades, this new environmental awareness has grown and has significantly impacted the way companies manufacture products. The increased focus on daily sustainable manufacturing has helped thousands of businesses save money, and save the environment at the same time. 

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The Benefits of Replacing Metals with Plastics

Although metal-to-plastic conversion was introduced in the 1950s, with the invention of engineering-grade resins, many manufacturers today are unfamiliar with the advantages of this versatile technique.

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