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Edward Lafferty
By Edward Lafferty
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 14:05

In the past year, Elite Plastics has added three new injection molding machines to its equipment list in Beaverton, Oregon. As a plastic molder, this new equipment is essential to provide our customers with the capabilities needed to manufacture their parts. These new machines, one 55 ton machine and two 220 ton machines, are upgraded with new technology and are equipped with tighter tolerances to produce more consistent parts.

This equipment was ordered to specifically meet Elite Plastics specifications so that we can continue to serve our customers to our best ability. Injection molding is a core capability of Elite Plastics and leveraging new state-of-the-art machinery allows us to provide greater precision and better parts.

As our business grows, Elite Plastics is building on our current capabilities to offer more advanced technologies. Plans are in motion to invest in over four new machines in the next year to continue evolving our processes and updating machinery to meet customer project needs. 

Bruce Wold
By Bruce Wold
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:24

During project planning it is very important to ensure that each of the parts will be produced consistently. To do this, the manufacturing process must be qualified to ensure that it is repeatable and stable, both dimensionally and cosmetically.  At Elite Plastics, this qualification process is broken down into four sections including design qualification, installation qualification, operational qualification and performance qualification. We will explain them in further detail below:

 

Design qualification (DQ)

During this initial stage, Elite Plastics receives the design print and goes through a tolerance review to determine whether the tool can be built as the customer has requested.

 

Installation qualification (IQ)

The Elite Plastics team then begins qualifying how to install the tool so that the process can be repeated in the same way during future production runs.

 

Operational qualification (OQ)

At this point, design experiments are conducted and variables are tested to identify where the part is best suited to run. To do this, parts are taken from multiple conditions and are submitted to metrology for measurements. Based on the measurement results, the next step is performance qualification.

 

Performance qualification (PQ)

Finally, features, dimensions and cosmetics are evaluated. The production process is run and a predetermined number of parts are randomly selected and inspected by metrology to measure whether the process is deemed to be both repeatable and reliable.

 

One strength of Elite Plastics is the high quality standards that are adhered to. To uphold these standards, our team goes through this series of qualification steps for every project to ensure that parts meet our customer’s needs. 

Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:11

Elite Plastics will be in Anaheim, California for the Medical Design and Manufacturing tradeshow(MD&M West) from February 10 through 12, 2015. Every year the top medical device manufacturers and suppliers on the West Coast exhibit at the tradeshow. In addition, a number of industries are featured including plastics, packaging, and more. The Elite Plastics team will be exhibiting at the show with our larger brand GM Nameplate.

If you will be attending the show, visit Elite Plastics and GMN in booth 1876. At the show, you’ll have the chance to meet our dedicated staff, view samples of our diverse capabilities, and learn about new manufacturing techniques and trends. We will be showcasing a variety of our capabilities including our latest front panel integration projects, membrane switches, injection molded plastics, input devices and more.

If you are attending the show and would like to meet face-to-face with a member of the GMN team please email me at chrispa@gmnameplate.com. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

By Chris Passanante
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 15:06

Elite Plastics will be exhibiting at the East Coast Medical Design and Manufacturing Tradeshow (MD&M East) next month with the GM Nameplate team. The show takes places June 10th to June 12th at the Javit’s Convention Center in New York City. Visit Elite Plastics and GM Nameplate in booth #2050.

The show is a great opportunity to meet with our staff of plastic and manufacturing experts. We’ll have samples that showcase a variety of our plastic capabilities for the medical industry, as well as samples of brand identity and electronic products. In addition, at the show you’ll have the chance to learn about our latest projects and new manufacturing techniques and trends.

If you would like to meet face-to-face with a member of the GM Nameplate or Elite Plastics team at the show, please email Steve Baker at steveb@gmnameplate.com. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Dan Thurmond
By Dan Thurmond
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 01:00

Last week Elite Plastics Business Development and Engineering staff attended the Medical Device and Manufacturing (MD&M) West show in Anaheim, CA. The MD&M show is the largest tradeshow we attend and exhibit at, featuring companies in plastics, packaging, medical devices and more.

Beyond showcasing our products, services and capabilities, the show offers a unique environment to meet with customers, vendors, explore new trends and technologies, and also reconnect with other GMN divisions and staff on what’s new. Two Elite Plastics engineers took advantage of their time at the show to explore the Plastec West and West Pack sections of the show, where they networked with raw material suppliers and learned about new materials.

In addition, our engineers also enjoyed learning about new automation equipment and machinery – especially prototyping technology. 3D printing is one of the leading plastic prototyping technologies. One of the show exhibitors supplies prototyping equipment and 3D printing services. Their booth showcased a machine that uses a unique 3D printing process that provides more strength and functionality.

All of us who attended the show enjoyed meeting with customers, vendors, and other industry experts. We are looking forward to what we learn and who we’ll meet next year already.