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Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:00

GM Nameplate, which Elite Plastics is a division of, launched a new website in January. The new GMN website features new branding, a more intuitive design and fresh content on all of GMN’s capabilities and offerings. One of the most exciting things about the new website is that it now also features case studies.

The case studies highlight GMN’s latest capabilities and what our solutions can look like for our customers. One of the case studies featured discusses plastic housings Elite Plastics manufactured for Anritsu. Anritsu came to Elite Plastics needing housing for various configurations of their handheld devices. The housings were injection molded and feature plastic decorating and assembly capabilities, specifically thermally-inserted brass components and vacuum shielding. In addition, GMN also provided compression molded components for the housings.

Thanks to our wide range of capabilities, Anritsu was able to procure everything they needed for the housings, and multiple variations from one supplier – streamlining their overall supply chain. To learn more about the custom housings created for Anritsu read the case study.

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.

Dan Thurmond
By Dan Thurmond
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 13:29

On our GMN blog, we recently posted a blog discussing vendor consolidation and the value-add benefits GMN can provide to its customers. Elite Plastics plays a key role in the organization’s value-add capabilities. GMN provides specialty printing and fabrication services as well as design, engineering, and assembly services. Dependent upon on the customer’s needs, pairing those capabilities with the complementary capabilities of Elite Plastics results in a seamless production process. 

At Elite Plastics, molding is one of our core capabilities, both through compression and injection molding. We offer additional value in all of our plastic and elastomer decoration options; including screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping, spray painting, laser etching, over-molding and insert molding. Other capabilities include plastic machining and value-added assemblies.

Elite Plastics value-added assembly capabilities bring it all together to form one cohesive part. The ability to provide some of the most diverse services and capabilities in the industry puts Elite Plastics in a unique position to help manufacturers reduce their supply base.

Through the years we consistently look for complimentary processes to further expand how we can add value and better serve our customers. To learn more about all of the capabilities Elite Plastics can provide, please visit our website.