Environmentally Friendly Plastic from CO2
Recent developments have taken the plastic world by storm as it looks like CO2 emissions could be greatly reduced. Plastics are about to become more Eco-friendly than ever! (more…)
Turn Your Dream into Reality
You have an idea for a new product, an invention, an intuitively designed gadget that you alone had the inspiration and drive to create. Maybe your invention exists only on paper. Perhaps you have a prototype or a model of it already. You may be an inventor of aerospace tools or you may have the next million dollar idea for an “as seen on TV” product. Your piece has dimension and angles, undercuts and moving parts. It is something that you just know fills a need, and a niche. The next question is simple: how do you go about producing it?
Let us provide some helpful information.
Plastic Molding USA
Plastic injection molding in the USA and elsewhere plays a vital role in the way we live. The variety of expertly produced parts, products and devices that we use every day for work and recreation is endless. We are proud to say that Superior Plastics has helped to design and produce countless high quality plastic pieces that have served a variety of industries. From superior quality materials, our plastic injection molding expertise, combined with our commitment to excellence, has helped us serve a variety of industries, including the aerospace, telecommunications, electronics, and construction industries. Whatever industry your creation fits into, Superior Plastics can provide the service you need to see your project through to completion. (more…)
Before we used plastic forks, knives, and spoons, the only option available was metal. As plastic became more and more popular, it began to take over our utensil drawers. Although many utensils are still found in metal, plastic now has many applications in the tableware industry. It also has opened new possibilities.
History of the Use of Plastic in Utensils
After World War II, plastic was being used more regularly in the home. By the 60’s, plastic had replaced other materials in the kitchen like wood, metal, and glass. Families saw the benefits of plastic tableware. Several companies began to make kitchen products that didn’t break easily, were easy to clean, came in beautiful colors, and at an affordable cost. Companies like Lustro Ware and Melmac began making spoons, scoops, forks, bowls, and other kitchenware with plastic. In fact, modern kitchens that are said to have the “retro” look of the 1960’s are frequently associated with brightly colored plastic.
Manufacturers soon began making plastic spoons, forks, and knives that were meant to be thrown away after one use. This eliminated the need to use water, electricity, and manpower to wash them. For this reason, these disposable utensils became very popular with fast food restaurants and airlines. Today, disposable utensils can be found at restaurants as well as on grocery store shelves. (more…)
Plastic bottles can be found in almost every place consumers go such as automotive shops, grocery markets, and pharmacies. They hold our food and beverages, medicine, hair products, cleaning products, and much more. Plastic bottles are everywhere. There was a time when these products were contained in bottles made of other materials. Because plastic is easier to work with and cheaper to produce, it has taken the place of other materials as the most common packaging material over the years.
Plastic Bottle Tops
While there are a variety of types of plastic bottles, there are just as many plastic bottle tops. Plastic bottles that contain beverages typically have a screw-on top. These replaced some of the metal bottle caps of the past that required a bottle opener. Some other drinking bottles have a squirt-top cap that gives the drinker a controlled amount. Shampoos and lotions often have a squirt-top cap as well. Cleaners typically come in trigger-spray bottles. Some plastic bottles have tops that are designed to keep children out. In 1970, the United States passed laws that required manufacturers to make child resistant caps to protect them from overdosing. (more…)
While it is true that electronics have come a long way in the past few decades, the industry could not have gotten far without plastic. In many ways, plastic and electronics work hand in hand to produce the gadgets we have available today. Plastic makes electronics practical for the average consumer by making the design more accommodating to the user and lowering the cost of production.
Plastics Are Often Present In Electronics
Plastic protects and insulates electronic products. Many electronics, from laptop computers to stopwatches, benefit from the protection of hard plastic electronics enclosures. In addition, plastic electronic components are very common in printers, handheld games, telephones, calculators, alarm clocks, and other electronic devices.
When it comes to plastic electronics enclosures, the material is relatively light in weight for the durability and protection it provides. With electronics like tablets and smart phones, it is generally thought that sleeker and lighter is better. Plastic is the ideal material that can help accomplish this while still maintaining durability.
Some people have called plastic one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. At first I thought that was a ridiculous statement, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much plastic injection molding has made my life better. It’s easy to be ignorant and complain about plastics being wasteful or bad for the environment, but without this wonder material, I’m not sure I’d want to live in this modern world. Here are the five things I’d miss most if plastics disappeared:
Contrary to many uninformed individuals, plastic can actually help the environment in a wide variety of ways. While it’s common knowledge the plastic can be recycled and reformed through plastic molding techniques, there are still many more ways plastic is better for the environment than traditional materials such as paper or wood. The following examples are only some of the ways that plastic is helping the environment.
Plastic needs to be fabricated such that it can be used for various purposes such as wires, furniture parts, bottle caps, and many other commonly found plastic products around us. A manufacturing process that involves plastic molding for this purpose can be referred to as injection molding, a procedure that Superior Plastics knows all about!
The Injection Molding Process
The entire process of molding takes about 2 minutes and comprises of four different stages namely clamping, injecting, cooling, and ejecting. The machine used is called the plastic injection molding machine. Raw plastic is usually fed in to the machine where it is melted under high pressure and temperature. The injection machine then injects the melted plastic into the mold where it is made to cool and further solidify into the desired shape. Plastic is highly versatile and can be easily molded or recycled. This makes it capable of being used in a wide range of applications. After the completion of each cycle, a small portion of post-processing would be required. This mostly involves lending a fine finish to the cooled part by trimming or scrapping the additional solidified plastic molding parts. (more…)