Overmolding is a plastic injection molding process which is very useful for producing multi-material parts with some unique properties. For instance, overmolding can be used to add a second part, of a different material, for a handle or grip. Like a power tool with a grip made out of a softer material than the body of the tool. Or a gaming controller with design elements of various plastics. We overmolded the tire showroom display, pictured, for a customer. The “rubber tread” [...]
When you use our interactive online quotation system to request an instant quote for a plastic injection molding project, you have secondary (post-molding) process options that you can specify right in the request-for-quote form. This built-in feature makes it quicker and easier to see how additional production processes will affect the price of your injection molded plastic parts. After you upload your 3D CAD model and select your primary options (like quantity, material, color and surface finish), you can then specify [...]
The drive to glean more – and better – data from industrial equipment and systems will continue to improve productivity in the plastic injection molding sector as technology, sensors, and systems continue to evolve, to the benefit of the molders and their customers. Smart factories use smart manufacturing to gain production efficiencies, improve production quality and reduce time to market. Machines can now communicate failure points and collect data that can be used to improve predictive and preventative maintenance, which [...]
Smart Manufacturing is talked about quite a bit. It goes by other names, too, like the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT (IIoT), and Industry 4.0. The term IoT was first coined by Peter T. Lewis in 1985 to describe “the integration of people, processes, and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring, status, manipulation, and evaluation of trends of such devices.” So the term has been around for a while now, but the concept still continues [...]
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Guest blog by Premier Plastics Systems One of the primary pieces of equipment that most plastic manufacturing companies purchase is the injection molding machine, also known as an injection process. For beginners, this machine is used to manufacture plastic products by the injection molding process, and is composed of two major components: the injection unit and the clamping unit. It’s a critical investment for most manufacturers, and as such, thorough planning is essential to ensure that the investment will be maximized. [...]