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By Guest Blogger
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 15:29

GMN Aerospace recently posted about Plastics Today’s article, “How advance plastics saved lives on Asiana Flight 214,” which discusses the role of advanced plastics in plane crashes. The article examines how slower burning and less toxic plastics can improve survival in impact-survivable plane crashes.

The article points out that a major goal of the U.S. Aviation Safety Research Act, which was enacted in 1988, is to develop a fireproof cabin. According to the article, some of the improvements to cabin interiors include the use of "thermoplastics for thermoformed parts, thermosetting polymers for liners and composite panels, rubber for seat cushions, and fiber-forming polymers for textiles.”

At Elite Plastics we are growing our competencies in the aerospace market. Our current focus at Elite Plastics for Aerospace is our capabilities in interior fabrications: stowage bin assemblies, window bezels, seating brackets, etc. Interior part quality standards for most plastic injection molded parts and assemblies are primarily concerned with engineering drawing conformance, visual aesthetics, and uniformity and in some cases structural integrity. 

The majority of airline customers often notice but don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the quality and comfort of interiors inside the aircraft, when the experience is a good one. In addition, customers rarely recall flights where interiors were new, visually pleasing and quiet. Most customers quickly recall flights with interior parts that rattled, were damaged or needed replacement.  Thus, a customer’s experience and level of satisfaction with an airline can be highly driven by the interaction, whether positive or negative, that they have with their interior surroundings.   

Polymer based products have given design engineers in transportation and aerospace interiors tremendous mobility to design much lighter, visually appealing and complex components having comparable strength to metallic components.  However, when compared to metallic materials, polymer materials have definite limitations in terms of temperature and flammability.  In addition to quality standards mentioned for commercial aircraft interiors, the materials from which they are made must undergo extensive flammability testing.  Stayed tuned for an upcoming blog about interior aircraft flammability regulations and testing.

To learn more about fire-resistant material improvements and the Asiana Flight 214 crash read the article on the Plastics Today website

By Guest Blogger
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:46


As an AS9100C certified manufacturer, Elite Plastics offers many products to the Aerospace industry. Elite Plastics was also recently added to the Boeing Qualified Processor List (QPL) for injection molding. This means that in addition to interior markings and placards, Elite Plastics and GMN Aerospace can offer injection and compression molded solutions, plastic decorating, and value-added sub-assemblies to more customers.

A great example of a successful Elite Plastics product in the Aerospace industry is the power outlet sub-assembly that we produce for Astronics. Elite Plastics has been producing this part for a number of years. We make two versions of the sub assembly, each with a different cable, but for the most part the same design. The sub assembly features six parts that are molded at Elite Plastics, including the front bezel, which comes in various colors. The rest of the sub-assembly’s electrical hardware is purchased separately.

This part has been very successful for both Elite Plastics and Astronics. Thanks to our injection molding capabilities we are able to offer a quick lead time. Elite Plastics stocks all molded and a number of finished assemblies. As orders come in all that has to be done before parts ship is adding the specified color bezel and testing.

Utilizing Elite Plastics injection molding and value added assembly capabilities streamlines the production process and reduces the lead time. With Elite Plastics AS9100C we are excited to work on more injection molded parts for the aerospace industry.