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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. 

Dan Klein
By Dan Klein
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:56

Two new ultrasonic welding machines have been added to the equipment list in the Elite Plastics facility. Ultrasonic welding is a process in which sound vibration is used to adhere an insert to plastic or plastic to plastic. This technology has many advantages over other processes and is typically chosen because it is more precise, has faster cycle times, is easier to set-up for production, the tooling involved is less expensive, the machines are smaller, and it can be done either as a standalone operation or at the molding machine during the molding process.

Because ultrasonic welding is used for a wide variety of applications, there are many variables to consider when determining whether this technology should be chosen. To decide whether ultrasonic welding is the right option for a project, the team at Elite Plastics looks at factors of the part design including part function, material, cosmetic requirements, and part size.

A good example of the advanced capabilities of ultrasonic welding can be seen through a plastic bezel that Elite Plastics manufactured for a large medical technology corporation. This complex piece used four different inserting operations, each with different heights and locations. Ultrasonic welding was able to meet the customer’s project requirements with reduced set-up times, reduced handling and movement, one piece flow operation (also known as lean manufacturing), and better quality.

Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 09:33

In a complex manufacturing industry, it is important to have a set of unique terminology to understand industry-wide common practices. Basic terminology in the plastics industry is provided by the Society of the Plastics Industry Cosmetic Specification of Injection Molded Parts to give manufacturers, suppliers and customers a common language to communicate through.

As a plastics manufacturer, Elite Plastics has a long list of unique vocabulary, so we’ve compiled some of the most common tooling terms used when discussing projects with our customers here:

Taking a tool down: A common process of performing maintenance on a tool

Venting a tool: Creating an opening in the cavity so that gasses can escape while material is being injected into the tool

Inserting a tool: This occurs when a damaged section of steel is replaced for repair or when multiple versions are slightly different

Tool crash: Like a car crash, this can happen in both major and minor incidents, but it means a tool has been damaged

Qualifying a tool: Establishing a manufacturing process that is both repeatable and stable

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!

By Elise Harrington
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:00

The Aircraft Interiors Expo took place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The three day expo occurs annually, where various suppliers and manufacturers within aerospace showcase their products and capabilities. While visiting the expo you can see the latest trends and technologies within the aerospace industry.

There were a number of aerospace plastics manufacturers at the expo showcasing their latest products and technologies. In addition, plastic components continued to grow in use for aircraft interiors, across various commodities – from the cabin restrooms, window shades, passenger controls, and seats.

When our team visited the show a few years ago one of the biggest trends that we noticed was the focus on reduced weight of all aspects of the interiors. As gas and oil costs rise, airlines are striving to increase flight occupancy, while also reducing weight and maintaining passenger comfort. At this year’s show, that trend remains apparent.

In addition, we  noticed an increased focus on the need for flame resistant materials – within plastics and other components. Last summer’s Asiana plane crash brought a focus to the importance of fireproofing aircraft cabins. At the Aircraft Interiors Expo many manufacturers showcased their flame resistant products.

Overall, this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo was a great event. We are already looking forward to next year’s show!