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Elise Harrington
By Elise Harrington
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 00:00

Elite Plastics will be exhibiting at upcoming tradeshows! If you will be attending any of the upcoming shows, be sure to stop by Elite Plastics’ booth to learn about our latest projects and technologies!

Del Mar Electronics & Design Show (DMEDS) – Booth 662: May 6 – 7, 2015 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA

Visit Elite Plastics and GM Nameplate at the DMEDS to learn about the latest trends in the electronics manufacturing industry. At the show, members of Elite Plastics will be sharing our latest samples and capabilities.

SID Display Week – Booth 1732: June 2 – 4, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

Front panel integration is a growing capability that Elite Plastics serves, producing plastic housings for a number of integrated display assemblies. At the Society of Information Display’s “Display Week”, the GMN team will showcase its latest projects and share manufacturing trends and new technologies.

MD&M East – Booth 2044: June 9 – 11, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

The Medical Design and Manufacturing East expo is the largest east coast medical device show. Experts from Elite Plastics and GMN will be exhibiting GMN’s newest medical device products and capabilities.

We hope to see you at some of our upcoming tradeshows!

Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 00:00

One of the many advantages of working with Elite Plastics is our decorating capabilities. Paired with our injection and compression molding capabilities, customers have the ability to customize nearly every aspect of their parts when working with Elite Plastics.

Elite Plastics’ plastic decorating capabilities aren’t limited to simply paint and printed decoration. Below is an overview of all our plastic decorating capabilities.

Screen Printing – One of our most versatile decorating capabilities. In this process, ink is pushed through a fine mesh onto the substrate. We can screen print on various substrates with ink systems and textures to meet whatever the needs of your product.

Pad Printing – A commonly used process for decorating plastic parts, pad printing is a form of offset printing. The process utilizes a plate engraved with the artwork. The plate is coated with ink, which is then squeegeed with the wet ink left on the engraved pattern and a silicone pad is pressed onto the plate, with the inked image. The silicone pad then “stamps” the image onto the substrate. This process make is possible to decorate irregular or cylindrical surfaces, as the pad is pliable.

Hot Stamping – This process is significantly different than screen or pad printing decoration. However, unlike screen or pad printing, the process doesn’t use ink but transfers color pigment or metallic material from a continuous film carrier sheet, using heat and pressure. The process is free from the manufacturing limitations of utilizing wet ink.

Spray Printing – For plastic decoration this process is just what it sounds like. At Elite Plastics, we are equipped with a state-of-the-art, six axis automated spray painting robot, tunnel conveyor and oven drying system. Our equipment makes it possible to spray and cure parts at once – one of the fastest and most accurate decorating methods.

Laser Etching – Often paired with spray printing, laser etching is used to mark various materials that are otherwise difficult to decorate. When used with spray printing it can etch graphics on plastic or elastomer key pads.

Overmolding – We recently posted on the overmolding process, its benefits and uses. Typically, overmolding is achieved by molding rubberized plastic over injection molded plastic parts or metals. The overmolding process is used to create softer and sometimes more ergonomic texture to the product.

Insert Mold Decorating – Also a recent blog post, insert mold decorating is a great plastic decorating part, when graphics require durability. In the insert molding process usually a clear plastic film is printed with the graphics. The film is then placed into a tool fixture and plastic is shoot behind the part, protecting the printed side of the material. This process can be combined with various other products, but allows for significant durability, while also reducing costs and the need for secondary decoration.

One of the main advantages to working with Elite Plastics is our ability to customize and add value, beyond molding. To learn more about our plastic decorating options visit our website.