When a part in a piece of equipment or machinery fails, […]
When a part in a piece of equipment or machinery fails, you have to order a replacement part. If your machine is custom-made, then it means that you will need another part to be custom-made. But this might take a while, depending on how intricate the part is and what material it is made from. However, if you already had a plastic mould made for your part, then it is a simple matter of ordering up your part and waiting for it to arrive. Plastic injection molding is a fast way to get the parts that you need in record time, and at a price you can afford.
When the first synthetic plastic was created by scientist Alexander Parkes in 1855, the world of manufacturing had no idea that the plastic mould would revolutionize the way that companies thought about and manufactured parts. Plastic injection molding is fast, easy, and best of all, inexpensive. You can get plastic parts made quickly and inexpensively as soon as you need them, and plastic is notoriously easy to use and surprisingly durable, too. This is why the use of plastic is so prevalent in the manufacturing industry. It is the best solution to a lot of manufacturing needs.
The process of plastic injection molding itself is fairly simple. Plastic granules are fed into the injection chamber of an injection molding machine through a hopper. A reciprocating screw inside the injection chamber makes sure that the flow of the granules into the body of the machine is steady and even. The granules then pass through a heating element to melt the plastic. The melted plastic is then fed into the mold cavity through a nozzle. From the mold cavity, the plastic is injected into the plastic mold itself, where moveable plates apply pressure to make sure that the plastic hardens. It is a simple but highly effective process.
The widespread use of plastic injection molding is due in large part to its ease of use. And the fact that plastic is inexpensive and can be manipulated into just about any shape certainly does not hurt. If you use plastic parts, just be sure to keep a few extra parts on hand so that you will not lose any time on production in case of part failure. By taking advantage of the fact that there is already a plastic mould in just the shape that you need, you can save a lot of time and money.