injection molding dieAt Abtec Inc., we’re proud to offer custom mold making services, helping clients bring their product visions to life. Versatile and reliable, plastic injection molding is used to create a huge range of everyday products. One of the most popular methods for mass producing plastic parts, this technique continues to rise in popularity across diverse industries and applications. Some of plastic injection molding advantages include the following:

  • High Efficiency and Quick Turnaround Times

    Plastic injection molding is one of the most efficient methods for producing machined plastic parts. Since periods between cycles can be as short as 15 seconds, more parts can be made — meaning thousands of precision parts can be produced per hour, depending on the specific mold. This high production output rate helps companies boost revenue and profit margins.

  • High Accuracy for Complex Part Designs

    Custom plastic injection molding allows for great design flexibility. Nearly any type of plastic part can be produced using this manufacturing process, and the molds allow the finished product to be extremely precise, typically within 0.005 inch.

    Having a full understanding of customers’ needs is imperative for ensuring proper product form and function. With years of industry experience and a dedication to close client collaboration, our team is able to determine the ideal design and material for customers’ projects, and can begin work quickly on prototypes.

  • Wide Range of Material Options

    Our team’s deep expertise is invaluable when deciding on the ideal material for a part. Material selection is a critical step in the manufacturing process, and must be based on the intended strength of the end product. Other key factors to keep in mind include appearance characteristics, such as color and finish, and any applicable regulatory requirements. Dozens of material options are available to meet specific application needs.

  • Automation Capabilities

    More and more aspects of the injection molding process can now be automated. Robotics automation allows repetitive actions to be carried out quickly and efficiently, without the risk of variation. During the injection mold process, automation can be used for various tasks, such as removing parts from plastic injection molds or positioning inserts or metal components into the molding machine. Robotics can also be used for secondary services, such as assembly, packaging, drilling, and sorting. Automation offers a range of unique benefits, including highly consistent, improved part quality, as well as reduced costs, less waste, and enhanced machine utilization.

  • Cost Savings

    Plastic injection molding is cost-efficient for a number of reasons. First, injection molding machines often run with a self-gating tool to streamline operations and keep production going smoothly passing the cost savings off to the customer.

  • Endless Possibilities

    With a huge range of design, material, and color options, nearly any kind of part can be created with the custom injection molding process. Color and material type are easy to change in plastic injection molding machines, and one mold can produce many variations of the same product. Abtec also provides a number of secondary services, allowing for further customization. Popular services include milling, drilling, CNC machining, hot stamping, ultrasonic welding, heat staking and painting.

Why choose Abtec for Custom Injection Molding Services?

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Abtec will be there with you year after year; as many of our customers have been with us for 30 plus years.

Along with the many injection molding advantages we provide, we’re with you every step of the way. We know our customer needs, their scheduling and buying habits; we are prepared and quickly respond to our customers needs.  You get your product when you want it … on-time with quality you can trust.

Abtec is a qualified and certified ITAR/DOD and JCP injection molding company providing sub-tier government suppliers confidence in your services.  In addition, Abtec is ISO 9001:2015 certified with a QMS that provides customer confidence in the quality and services we provide.

Abtec can comply with your product specification and not have your sacrifice or compromise as we assist with design for part manufacturability.  We work with you and understand your expectations and challenges.

Abtec utilizes the best molding practices and communicate with you to provide satisfying results. Continuous interaction with our customers, Abtec will create with your company a solid business relationship foundation that will benefit and project development process.

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No matter what kind of part is needed, the experts at Abtec know how to turn your idea into a high-quality finished product. We offer both high- and low-volume production capabilities for custom plastic injection molded parts, and guarantee on-time delivery for every order.

To learn more about plastic injection molding and discuss how we can help with your unique application needs, reach out to the team today. We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have about injection molding products and processes.

 

Abtec, Inc. offers injection molding services for custom molds based on your design. We have a broad catalog of materials and thermoplastics, plus years of expertise to help get the job done right!

Read our infographic below for some of the major advantages of custom injection molding, then contact us for more info or to request a quote!

 

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One of the biggest problems associated with creating or building materials is that sometimes, standard parts don’t fit your specific application. Sometimes, the tools you need to create these parts don’t even exist.

Increasingly, manufacturers are turning to custom injection molding to create specialty parts and products that they can’t find using standard procurement methods. Custom injection molding creates high-quality parts and tools to client specifications in record time, allowing you to quickly order large volumes of materials with the confidence that they’ll be delivered on time, and without deficiencies.

Using custom injection molding results in:

  • Quicker turnarounds
  • High degrees of accuracy
  • Opportunities to work with a wide range of materials
  • Efficient automated processes
  • Cost-effective production cycles

What Can You Make With Injection Molding?

A wide range of industries rely on custom injection molding to quickly produce large volumes of materials to precise specifications. This process benefits industries as varied as:

  • Military & defense: Items and equipment for defense and the military must be as reliable as they are uniform. The accuracy of injection molding for these items and parts ensures high quality in everything from canteens to headsets, vehicle components to backpack fasteners, and flashlights, too!
  • Food and beverage processing: Because custom injection molding works with lightweight, nonpermeable polymers, it’s perfect for creating water bottles, bottle caps, lids, and all manner of food containers.
  • Medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing: Custom injection molding creates sterile housings for medical and pharmaceutical products as varied as pill containers, surgical equipment, X-ray components, test kits, and anything else that requires the use of FDA-approved medical-grade resins.
  • Toymaking: Custom injection molding helps create a full range of unique and innovative toys; highly accurate molds combined with plastic’s nonconductive properties make it easy to incorporate electronics into toy designs as needed.
  • Consumer and commercial packaging: Packagers rely on this process to quickly create containers, cases, and housings to precise specifications.
  • Furniture and other domestic product production: Custom injection molding can build lightweight, affordable consumer goods such as plastic lawn furniture, fencing/fence accessories, window clasps and seals, and kitchen appliances.
  • Automotive accessory production: Automakers use custom injection molding to create many of the internal components of their vehicles, including cup holders, steering wheels, dashboards, door handles, and switches.

Custom injection molding also benefits manufacturers and assembly processes by creating unique tooling that can’t be found elsewhere. Industrial companies have ordered custom injection-molded parts for their facilities that include:

  • Conveyor belt parts
  • Electrical switches
  • Filters
  • Food processing equipment
  • Specialty tools and seals

The Difference Between Injection Molding and Thermoforming

Many businesses choose between injection molding and thermoforming, another popular plastic-working process, when designing parts. While both these processes efficiently create many different plastic products, several distinctions exist between them.

Thermoforming creates materials by heating plastic sheets until they’re soft enough to easily manipulate. Manufacturers then work the warmed plastic sheet into a single-sided mold and allow it to cool. During the thermoforming process, manufacturers also use methods like pressure forming, vacuum forming, and mechanical forming as needed.

Thermoforming typically works best when creating prototypes or mass producing large parts. Generally, products need to exceed 4’ × 4’ in size for thermoforming to be an efficient assembly method.

Custom injection molding more accurately creates smaller and more intricate parts no matter the production volume. This process is also great for designing parts that later assembly process must fit together.

While custom injection molding usually comes with higher initial costs than thermoforming, most of these costs are only associated with creating the mold. After this step, custom injection molding becomes much more cost efficient than thermoforming, which has to repeat several processes for each individual part.

Who Benefits From Abtec’s Custom Injection Molding?

Abtec works closely with clients to develop unique molds tailored to precise specifications. Our products have appeared across the country in applications as varied as industrial process equipment, indoor and lawn furniture, and life-saving medical devices.

If you would like to learn more about how our custom injection molding services will benefit your bottom line, contact us and request a free quote today.