As consumers continue to demand newer, smaller, lighter technologies, one aspect of the plastic industry stands at the top of the plastic manufacturing world. Despite being “old-technology”, the use of plastic extruders remains the preferred method of manufacturing plastics for many industries including military-grade, automobile and FDA-regulated plastics. The demand for specialized plastics continues to grow because industry standards require unique profiles. Assorted options for manufacturing custom profiles at high-volumes and low-cost can only be achieved using plastic extruder technology.
As consumers focus on reducing their carbon footprint, manufacturers are also trying to reduce, re-use and recycle. The thermoplastic extrusion process begins by feeding raw polymer material, resin, into the plastic extruder. Because this method uses granules or chunks of resin, recycled plastics can be used to manufacture new products with little to no waste of starting materials. Since plastic extrusion is the most versatile method to manufacture custom plastic profiles, very little finishing is required afterwards, resulting in less manufacturing waste. As consumers and industry continue to work at reducing their carbon footprint, this manufacturing method excels at keeping waste and costs low.
The beauty of plastic products is the ability to generate many shapes in distinct sizes and colors for unique applications. The science that produces this world of possibilities requires precision parts to mix resin ingredients before cutting or stamping the plastic as it is being extruded and cooled. Co-extrusion and tri-extrusion technology allows you to customize a product by combining dissimilar materials, manufacturing multi-colored or multi-use products. This ability to design and manufacture plastics in unique shapes, sizes and colors makes the use of plastic extruders an industry standard.
Incorporating quality chemical additives at just the right ratios enhances or improves the quality of the manufactured product. Plasticizers give the material flexibility while stabilizers improve the life of the product. Striking the right balance between these ensures your plastic piece matches the quality and application of your company’s products. Gluing, painting or additional shaping after the extrusion process adds cost and time to your manufacturing project.
The need for thermoplastic companies in the mid- 20th century resulted in several family-owned and operated companies throughout the United States. The nation’s need for high standard plastics grew with the automobile industry these companies grew, applying their knowledge to other industries such as the military. Their reputation as elite manufacturers of quality products Made in the USA has been tested and approved by Americans for decades.