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Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 13:24

2013 was a great year for Elite Plastics and it’s exciting to look back on everything that happened. As we start off the New Year, let’s take a few moments to look back on the highlights for 2013.

Boeing QPL - We started off the 2013 with the announcement that we qualified for The Boeing Company Qualified Processors List for the injection of thermoplastic parts. After receiving AS9100C quality management system certification in December of 2012, we were very excited to be added to the Boeing QPL.

John Deere Supplier Innovation Award - In March, GM Nameplate received a John Deere Innovation Award. GMN has been supplying John Deere with the integration or ruggedized display assemblies for their commercial tractors since 2009. At Elite Plastics, a division of GM Nameplate, we produce the plastic housings for the touch screen displays.

New Plastics Machining Equipment - In 2012, we grew our plastics machining capabilities with the addition of new equipment. The new capability was such a success that in 2013 we upgraded our equipment. Our new machine is a computer automated vertical machining center with top of the line extras. Plastic machining is an area of great growth for us – we are currently serving customers in nearly every industry!

AS9100C First Surveillance Audit - After receiving our certification in 2012, we had our first surveillance audit in October 2013. We were pleased to announce that our audit was successful.

New Trick Pad Printer - In 2012, we purchased a new Mircroprint CNC-Controlled Pad printer. This machine is capable of multiple pad printing hits, in various colors and locations on a part, in one single set up. While this equipment was purchased in 2012, it was an important part of our 2013 efficiencies and growth.

New Paint Line - We haven’t posted about our new paint line yet, but in 2013 we installed a new paint line with robot paint station and inline oven. This new equipment will help us better serve our customers and provide the highest quality of decorated plastic parts.

CMM - Last year we also purchased a coordinate measuring machine to support the accuracy of our injection molding for close tolerance product lines. The equipment offers both Vision and Touch Probe capability for the assurance of quality dimensional data reporting. Expect a more detailed post about our new equipment and what this means for our customers soon.

Overall, 2013 was a great year for all of us at Elite plastics. We are looking forward to many more exciting events in 2014.

By Chris Passanante
Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 17:54

Recently we discussed one of our plastic manufacturing processes, injection molding.  As mentioned, we offer compression molding of thermoset materials as well as thermoplastic materials. Compression molding can be used for the production of a variety of plastic components and parts including; keypads, buttons, gaskets, and more.  Often compression molded parts are used as components of larger assemblies we offer, like user interface units.

While injection molding involves injecting molten plastic into a tool where it cools, compression molding uses pressure and heat to create the part.  This process begins with a pliable plastic material which is placed into an open mold.  Once closed, heat and pressure are applied consistently until the material has cured in the shape of the design part.

Compression molding offers the capability of choice if you are looking for a rubberized plastic with a smooth feel, such as a rubber keypad.   Compared with other molding methods, compression molding is a cost-effective method for high-volume products.  Other advantages include high durability when flexibility is required, increased heat resistance over other flexible materials, and lower tooling costs compared to injection molding.

This process is used in multiple industries but a large portion of the work we do is with the medical and automotive industries.  At Elite Plastics we are able to provide production in the United States and offshore. 

To learn more about compression molding and our plastic capabilities please visit our website.

Mike Bogle
By Mike Bogle
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 11:51

Cynthia Schulte
By Cynthia Schulte
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 15:00

Lenco Marine elastomer keypad by Elite Label

Lenco Marine needed a user interface that controls the positioning of the trim tabs on power boats. The customer only had a vague idea of how it should look but they knew it needed to be durable, sealable, marine-grade and selectively backlit.

We decided to develop the part based on a similar project for Corvette.  The part uses backlit graphics plus LED windows to indicate the port and starboard trim tab positioning.

This is a compression molded clear silicone elastomer part. After molding, it is sprayed with white paint, followed by black.

The graphics are laser etched down to the white; making them visible both in daylight and at night, when they are backlit. Finally, the keypad is top-coated for durability and mounted and sealed. The part includes a window for a light sensor that adjusts backlighting to ambient lighting. 

In the end, we had a great part that has the necessary aesthetics yet was still able to stand up to the tough marine environment.