plastic options from commodity to engineered or custom formulated

Let’s get the material right.

Selecting the right material is critical to plastic molding, function and cost. Our Engineers work with you to understand your application, performance requirements, cost targets and operating environment to provide the best options for plastic resin choices.

Designing with reality in mind.

While people often think of plastic components to simply reduce cost, the reality is that there are situations where plastics will out-perform their metal counterpart. The key to this? Selecting the right material, proper design and proper molding. Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here to help make happen!

PLASTIC APPLICATION EXAMPLES

  • Assembly & sub-assemblies
  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Cases
  • Consumer goods
  • Enclosures
  • Extrusions
  • High wear / long life
  • High durability (destructive environment)
  • High performance plastics
    (including PEEK®, Torlon®, Aurum®)
  • Hoses
  • Housings
  • In-mold decoration (IMD)
  • Large / heavy components (shrouds, small engine fenders, enclosures)
  • Over-molded electronics
  • Ports & connectors (wire connectors)
  • Rapid prototypes
  • Resin color matching
  • Short-run, bridge or high volume production
  • TPE / TPU / TPR
  • Two-shot (co-injection)
  • Vibration dampers & mounts
  • Welding (sonic, hot plate, spin)
PLASTIC MANUFACTURING CAPABILTIEIS
MOLDING CAPABILITY
Injection - Small (5T-25T)
Injection - Medium (30T-500T)
Injection - Large (550T-3200T)
Blow Molding
Injection Blow Molding
Extrusion
USA
6 presses
8 presses
3 presses
4 presses
5 presses
Yes
MEXICO
7 presses
12 presses
9 presses
8 presses
3 presses
n/a
CHINA
18 presses
27 presses
8 presses
6 presses
3 presses
Yes
EUROPE
4 presses
6 presses
2 presses
n/a
n/a
n/a
TAIWAN
11 presses
14 presses
5 presses
4 presses
n/a
Yes
APPLICATION EXAMPLES
CAPABILITY
Assembly
Cleanroom
Color Matching
Commodity Resins (LDPE, HDPE, PP, ABS, etc.)
Engineered Resins (PA, Glass Fill, Blends)
High Performance (PEEK, Torlon, Specialty)
TPE/TPU/TPR
IMD (In-Mold Decorating)
Overmolding
Welding (Sonic, Spin, Hot Plate)
Pad Print/Foil
USA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Yes
Yes
MEXICO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Yes
Yes
CHINA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
EUROPE
n/a
n/a
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
n/a
Yes
n/a
TAIWAN
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

How to: Convert metal to plastics.

We often work with customers to convert metal applications to plastic. With the right design and material selection, plastic can out-perform many metal counterparts and reduce cost. Below are examples of good metal to plastic conversion application candidates:

  • Metal castings
  • Wear surfaces / bearings
  • Metal assemblies (multiple components, welding)
  • Heavily machined parts
  • Ports, tubes, connectors
  • Applications requiring chemical resistance
  • Noise reduction
  • Weight reduction
  •  Fill tubes
  • Tanks
  • Covers / shrouds

Is your part a good candidate for reducing cost and improving performance? Let’s find out!

Trademarks and trade names are not registered to Radius LLC. PEEK is a registered trademark of Victrex USA, Inc. Torlon is a registered trademark of Solvay. Aurum is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.