Case Studies

Engineered Polymer Resins Reduce Cost And Improve Performance Characteristics In Metal Replacement

Today’s economy has forced many companies to put a larger emphasis on cost reduction while still upholding the same performance quality and standard.

Many manufacturers are now incorporating is replacing metal and other traditional materials with engineered Polymer or high performance plastic resins.

This is a key strategy in the medical & dental industries, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and defense industries because off the following benefits:

MANUFACTURING ADVANTAGES

  • Ability to mold complex geometry and multiple parts reduce the amount of metal components and/or secondary operations and assembly
  • A single plastic injection molded part can often replace multiple metal pieces, reducing the amount of fixtures and handling required to assemble those metal parts together
  • Specific gravity of thermoplastic resins is much less than metal, reducing required material
  • Increased speed in entering market due to shorter cycle and processing times
  • Many plastic materials can be recycled, reused, or reprocessed (plastic regrind), helping to further reduce waste and cost.

DESIGN / APPEARANCE

  • In-mold decoration or texturing helps reduces need for secondary operations.
  • Color options allow for resin to be colored prior to molding.

PERFORMANCE

  • Engineered polymers are lighter in weight, providing for ease of use and reduction in transportation cost for both parts and raw materials
  • High performance resins provide resistance to corrosion, chemicals, and rust, reducing the need for secondary coatings and sprays
  • Engineering resins can be non-conductive, improving safety for certain applications
  • UV resistant properties provide longevity to products and also reduce need for secondary coatings and sprays

PERFORMANCE

  • Noise & vibration dampening as compared to traditional metal parts
  • Temperature stability (resistance to reaching extreme temperatures)

Plastolin Polymers works very closely with the customer to fully understand the part functionality and requirements and collaborates on designing a part for manufacturability.

We partner with the customer through all stages of design, material selection, mold design, testing, processing, and production.  Plastolin is expert in converting metal components to plastic parts allow for our customers to reduce overall product cost and weight while improving performance.