Plastic moulding is an industrial process used to make plastic parts for commercial, industrial, and consumer uses. The first plastic moulding machines were created during the second half of the 19th century. These early machines were used to make plastic buttons, combs, and other simple, everyday items.
Today, plastic moulding is one the most common methods of making plastic articles, components, and housings. Its advantage is that delivers large amounts of identical products at a high quality in a short time frame. The process is used by almost every industry there is, from aviation to computers to the automotive industry.
Plastic Moulding: Making the Mould
Along with specialised machines, plastic moulding requires a custom-made mould. The mould determines the shape of the end project and therefore requires careful planning, designing, and building.
Getting a mould just right can be a challenge. Most moulds require further optimisation after arriving from the manufacturer to the plastic moulding factory. Optimising a mould can be a tricky and time-consuming process and should be handled by experts.
Plastic Moulding Processes
There are several types of plastic moulding each utilising a slightly different method and process. The most common is plastic injection moulding, which takes plastic granules, heats them into a molten form, and then uses a reciprocating screw to drive the plastic into a mould where it is cooled.
From the basic injection moulding setup, further processes are derived. One such process is structural foam moulding, which takes the same basic injection moulding process but adds gas or a blowing agent that causes the plastic to foam. Structural foam products have the advantage of being lightweight and, due to the more controlled nature of the process, can be larger than standard injection moulded pieces.
Another additional process derived from injection moulding is insert moulding. This is where an insert is placed on the mould either during or after the moulding process takes place. The insert can be added using robotics or by an operator, depending on the sophistication of the setup.
Plastic Moulding by Pekago
Here at Pekago, we can help you design your mould and take care of its production through our partners in Asia. Once complete, we use your mould to produce the articles you require for your project. While working on your order, we take care of your mould but you maintain ownership over it.
Our plastic moulding facilities feature cutting each, technologically advanced machines that are capable of producing the highest quality plastic moulded articles. We work with you throughout the process to ensure the end product is exactly what you need and delivered according to the agreed schedule.
We are able to carry out multiple types of plastic moulding and can also offer additional, on-site post-moulding services including assembly and coating. The coating of plastic moulded pieces takes place in specially made booths at our facilities in the Netherlands. The coating we offer provides a protective layer to the plastic as well as a perfect-looking finish.
Get in touch with us to find out more about our plastic moulding and post-moulding services. We look forward to hearing from you.