With 2018 on the horizon, you're probably already caught up in the frenzy of holiday and New Year planning. Before we say goodbye to 2017, let’s take a moment to look back at our most-read posts from the past year. We had a busy, exciting year creating content with the goal of helping individuals and businesses become better informed about plastic injection molding and U.S. manufacturing.
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Used to produce high-quality precision parts at large volumes and low costs, plastic injection molding offers versatile solutions for a range of applications. In order to optimize the effectiveness of high-volume injection molding and maximize the precision and quality of your parts, several key design elements should be taken into account before moving on to production.
While plastic injection molders will help you determine the size of the machine needed to get the best result, a project designer or engineer will get a good estimate based on some basic information. By knowing approximately what size machine will be required, you can better source a plastic injection molder that will meet your needs.
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. As various advanced, cost-efficient plastics are being developed in today’s shifting landscape, many industries realize the benefits of replacing metal parts with injection-molded plastic.How Plastic Resins Get Their Color
Colored plastics are used every day in a huge range of applications and settings, but very few people know — much less stop to consider — how these hues are achieved. With the help of Penn Color, a knowledgeable and experienced local colorant manufacturer who has a longstanding partnership with The Rodon Group, we have gathered information and insights into how the plastic products we know and use every day get their colors.
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. Both thermoforming and injection molding — two of the most popular manufacturing processes for crafting plastic parts — offer unique advantages depending on the particular application.
With the use of injection molding presses and high-performance resins, plastic injection molders are able to craft a broad range of quality custom parts. Just as all resins are unique, these sophisticated machines offer varied capabilities and performance options depending on press size and type. To ensure optimal quality and value, it’s critical to partner with a manufacturer who can provide the right size press for your specific needs.
The success and precision of a part depends on the quality of its mold, but building a reliable, long-lasting tool can take a considerable amount of time — and requires a great deal of accuracy. Also, molds are often one the largest capital investments in a project, so it’s critical that tooling is built right the first time around. This is particularly important in high-volume injection molding projects, where molds can be extremely complex.
With hundreds of commodity and engineering resins available on the market today, the material selection process for plastic injection molding jobs can often seem daunting at first. At The Rodon Group, we understand the unique benefits and properties of different types of plastics and work closely with clients to find the best fit for their project. Below are some of the most popular materials for plastic injection molding.