In PlastiCert’s early days, a good deal of our business was in smaller and very small parts, before the term “micro-molding” was coined. We had rows of small tonnage presses cranking out numerous small size and smaller volume designs.
Those smaller size parts were prime for offshoring, as the shipping costs were so minimal. As a result, we strategically expanded into higher tonnage, shot volume parts like larger electronic cases, electronic mounting frames, even crossbow stocks. All involved our helping source engineered composites that met our customers’ needs.
Our most recent projects have taken us back to our roots, shooting parts that are barely bigger than the pellets of resin we sourced to mold them. Key to this transition is our experience in engineered resins. The new micro-molding applications have demanding use environments requiring resins that are up to the task.
Two years ago, we helped a customer develop a metal-to-composite conversion project for a high wear part. That part, equal in diameter to a pea, is made from an engineered high-performance polyamide resin with additives. This part underwent testing for millions of cycles, and now has been in production for over two years.
Our most recent accomplishments involve electrical connector parts. Made from PEEK, they were predictably difficult parts to mold, according to our customer. The parts also being barely the size of the resin pellets they are made from, PlastiCert built the molds and sampled them on time with stellar results. These being for a new customer, it is our expectation that we will be awarded additional, similar projects going forward.
So, whether you have a more conventional project, or are looking to push the envelope and try something difficult, we can be along side you and support your path to a new offering for your customers. Give us a call and see what you can do to try and challenge us!