Plastic injection molding is one of the most common and successful methods of manufacturing. It is used to make millions of parts and products each year no matter how small and intricate, from electric connectors to housing filters. In our previous blog, Most Common Thermoplastics Used in Injection Molding, we discussed the performance characteristics of some of the most popular thermoplastics as well as products created in the plastics market. We wanted to take this topic a step further and highlight three other superb thermoplastics used in injection molding. [Read more…] about Most Common Thermoplastics Used in Injection Molding Part II
In our previous blog, Selecting the Appropriate Resin Grade for Your Application, thermoplastics are categorized into three different resin grades; commodity, engineering, and specialty/high-performance. These categories of resins have special properties that they are known for. However, during the plastic injection molding process, some of the thermoplastics properties can diminish. This is where additive applications, a complex blend of materials, can help to stabilize or enhance properties that were lost during processing. With the blend of additives, plastics can be made safer, cleaner, tougher, and more colorful. [Read more…] about What Additive Applications Improve Resin Characteristics?
Resins are categorized by family and type that fall into three different grades; commodity, engineering, and specialty/high-performance. When selecting a plastic to use, you should begin by choosing the appropriate grade of material that has the performance requirements your finished product must meet. The correct resin grade can make or break an application.
Our previous blog, The Importance of Drying Plastics: Plastic Part Making, we discussed the necessity of drying resins in the processing phase to benefit the quality of our customers parts. This article explains the different types of resin dryers available in the plastic injection market and which one Midstate Mold currently uses. [Read more…] about Which Resin Dryer is Right For You?
Dehumidifying or drying plastics in the processing phase is a vital part of injection molding. Drying plastic resin is used to minimize or eliminate complications that may be caused by too much moisture in a plastic material. The extent to which moisture affects the quality of a molded part is determined by the specific plastic resin being processed and the intended purpose of the part. This article will discuss two categories of resins as well as the advantages of drying plastic material. [Read more…] about The Importance of Drying Plastics: Plastic Part Making
We all saw the destruction that hurricane Harvey left behind. What you may not have seen is how this hurricane completely devastated the plastic injection molding market. Southern Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast, home to about 90% of the nation’s chemical and plastics factories, is the building block for a wide range of consumer and industrial goods. This article will look at how exactly Hurricane Harvey damaged the plastics industry these past couple months. [Read more…] about Hurricane Harvey’s Effect on the Plastics Industry