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 THERMOPLASTICS

Insert molding is a unique aspect of thermoplastic injection molding. This value-added feature allows for a molded-in-place insert to be placed in the tool. The resin is then injection molded into the tool, encapsulating the insert in the molded part. This enables us to use the ideal material for the application and create a wide variety of molded-in insert designs for our customers. 

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With proper tooling design, tight tolerance injection molded thermoplastic parts can be created "from the mold" reducing the need for secondary machining and reducing costs. Injection molded thermoplastics has been successfully used as product enhancement to machined products in many areas of manufacturing. 
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Another feature of thermoplastic injection molding is the ability to add foaming agent to the material. The foaming agent fills the part with tiny "bubbles." This gives the part a reduction in overall weight and the amount of resin required to produce the molded part.  

Thermoplastic injection molded material is easily recycled and can be granulated and reprocessed into the molding stream again at the injection press, reducing the landfill waste stream. Molded parts are also easier to recycle at the end of life of the component. Recycling capabilities have become increasingly important to many OEMs, and we can make recommendations on thermoplastics to help them achieve their goals.

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Numerous performance enhancing fillers and additives can be used with thermoplastic materials such as glass, talc, rubber, PTFE, graphite and other additives with desirable properties. The injection molding of thermoplastics can also be enhanced by the addition of colorants and UV stabilizers which can save on painting disposal costs as well as improve the color matching qualities of the products. M & E Plastics LLC has successfully added carbon to the material for the injection molding of a fuel filter bracket. The addition of carbon allowed the part to work as a "ground strap" for the fuel system.

Insert molding is a unique aspect of thermoplastic injection molding. This value added feature allows for a molded-in-place insert to be placed in the tool. The resin is then injection molded into the tool, encapsulating the insert in the molded part. This enables us to use the ideal material for the application and create a wide variety of molded-in insert designs for our customers. 

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Thermoplastic Injection Molding


 

Thermoplastic injection molding has made many strides since the early days of molding nylon around the end of World War II. Additives, fillers and modifiers have greatly increased the uses and application of thermoplastics in many markets. The uses of injection molded thermoplastics have extended into markets that once only utilized machined parts such as medical supply, prosthetics and aerospace applications. Along with the development of high grade and engineered thermoplastics, general purpose thermoplastic manufacturing has evolved to reduce weight, improve properties, control cost and meet a wide variety of customer needs and specifications. 

M & E Plastics LLC offers secondary operations to enhance our thermoplastic processing. These include assembly, painting/decorating and custom packaging to add value and convenience to your program.


 For more information on thermoplastic injection molding, please contact

M & E Plastics LLC at 1-989-875-4191 *103.