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The Process of Injection Moulding

This is a great process! The range of materials and colours is huge and there is no “abs like’ that we get in 3D Printing, its the real thing. Parts are repeatable and tight tolerance. The only potential downside is the tooling, but this is covered here, with options to suit most requirements.

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I’m Looking at Injection Moulding – What Drives the Cost?

Injection moulding is a great way to form thermoplastics into a range of shapes. These can be anything from a simple washer to a complicated electrical housing to a wheelie bin or car bumper.

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The Positive Impact of Plastic

Plastic is an incredibly versatile material with a huge range of applications due to the multiple forms, textures and strengths it can take. There are many positive impacts of plastic on the environment that are generally unrecognised, so here are a couple of benefits that you may be surprised to hear…

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Are SMED practices used in the ‘real world’?

I recently read an article about a 5% increase in productivity achieved at Formula Plastics, just by changing their tool clamping system.  It got me thinking about mould change methods available in the market, which I then discussed with suppliers.

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Plastic vs Metal – is cost the only consideration?

There will always be an argument for using metal over plastic, which has often been seen by both the engineering fraternity and the general public as a ‘poor cousin’.  However, the field of Plastic Component Design and Production has been evolving in recent years, and should now be viewed as a technical solution that in some cases can out-perform machined or cast metal….

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Driverless Cars, Robot servants & All Electric Machines – Why haven’t we all got one?

We all know that All-Electric Injection Moulding Machines are more accurate, use less power and are quieter than hydraulic models.  So what happened to the 2004 predictions of a year on year increase in their usage?

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We say we support UK manufacturing – our Moulders have shown their commitment – is it time for YOU to put money where your mouth is?

USA manufacturing is booming and riding the crest of the Re-Shoring wave. But I’m fearful we’re losing steam in the UK………

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Would we need to be buying in now if we hadn’t started by selling out……

It is fantastic to see UK Manufacturing enjoying a renaissance especially in the Plastic Injection Moulding sector where we have a new buzz word called ‘reshoring’. I can’t help wondering though whether too many businesses were quick to sell out to what was perceived to be the ‘Holy Grail’ in manufacturing in the first place. I wrestle with this question that is rarely asked…

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Look beyond the price for the right specification

Good advice and long term support is the key. After nearly 30 years in the plastics industry I have seen many suppliers of ancillaries come and go, many shouting from the rooftops how good and technically advanced the equipment is at a claimed low cost of investment and energy……..

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