Bruce Wold
By Bruce Wold
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 09:30

Earlier this month, we introduced a blog series discussing the various types of tool classifications used in plastic manufacturing. Today, we are back to discuss the next tooling classification: class 103.

Classification 103 tooling is typically made with P20 steel and is commonly used for low volume programs, such as a few thousand parts a year. Class 103 tools also have a low tolerance meaning that these aren’t suggested for parts with tight tolerances. While some tools are heat treated for wear resistance, class 103 tools are not, so the warranty ranges between 250,000 and 500,000 cycles.  

Read our other blogs in the classification series:

Tooling classification overview: 104 (part 1 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 102 (part 3 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 101 (part 4 of 4)

By Bruce Wold
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:48

Every molded part requires a tool and these are classified on a sliding scaled based on material type, warranty, part design and the tool configuration. During this blog series we will discuss the four types of tool classifications available including 104, 103, 102, and 101.

In this blog, we will start by focusing on the 104 classification in particular.

The 104 classification is also known as prototype or bridge tooling. These tools are most commonly made out of aluminum, making them the most fragile of the classification options. Because of this fragility, these tools are more easily damaged and degradable than other tool classifications. This limits the amount of parts that the tool can successfully make, meaning that it has a limited warranty.

Because class 104 tooling is so fragile, Elite Plastics tends to steer away from using it when other classification options are available. However, it can be popular for low volume and lost cost projects.

Read our other blogs in the classification series:

Tooling classification overview: 103 (part 2 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 102 (part 3 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 101 (part 4 of 4)

Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 00:00

Last month we posted about the case studies on the new GM Nameplate website. The blog and case study discussed the plastic housings created for Anritsu, which were produced by Elite Plastics. In addition to the Anritsu housings, there is also a case study posted about the John Deere front panel display assemblies.

The front panel integration for John Deere is led by the GM Nameplate team and features Elite Plastics injection molded plastic housings. This case study is a great example of how the combined capabilities at Elite Plastics and GM Nameplate can provide one complete custom solution for customers.

Read the case study if you are interested in learning more about these housings. Also, be sure to read the other case studies

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 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.

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