Back in July 2018, President Trump implemented a 25% tariff on China-made plastic injection molds. Unexpectedly in December, the Trump Administration lifted the tariff for at least one year - a decision many say is likely to hurt American mold makers but help U.S. plastics companies that supply automakers. Below we share some insight on the tariff suspension, what it means for mold makers, and what it ultimately means for you.
Due to the current market conditions and increasing demand, the Nylon 66 supply is expected to be tight for several years to come. You can expect an increase in price anywhere from $.10-$.50/lb depending on the grade.
3D printing is a big deal when it comes to today’s technology. The concept alone is enough to wow people, and it’s starting to trickle into several different industries, even in the future making of artificial organs - where it’s called “bioprinting”.
On a surface level, injection molding might seem like a simple process. The idea of it is. The process itself is a little more complex. Within the actual process of injection molding, there is a intricate system of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The NPE 2018 “The Plastics Show” took place in Orlando last week, and featured professionals in the plastics industry from 128 countries, and in every field from automotive, to construction, to medical. As members of the plastic and injection molding industry, PPI found that the conference was a key event that could benefit their future success.
NPE 2018 The Plastics Show begins May 7, 2018, and provides access to the people and companies that are influencing the future of the plastics industry. Professionals from 128 countries are gathering to provide a glimpse into the future of plastics. The show features professionals in the fields of appliances, automotive industry, construction, medical devices, packaging, and more.
Technology advances every day, whether it’s in giant strides or baby steps. Advanced manufacturing is how industry leaders find a nexus between the present and the future of technology. Using technology to improve products and processes is a system of advancement like any other. When used in manufacturing, it will make processes more efficient, and further improve the quality of products.
At Pleasant Precision, we know that continuous improvement and development is necessary for being a successful manufacturer. For continuous improvements to be made, every employee has to be on board. It’s not just random bursts of improvement efforts, it’s a mindset for what you and your company do every day. Sometimes it sounds like a good idea on paper, but getting each and every employee on board can be a struggle.
At Pleasant Precision we pride ourselves on being a “Solutions Provider” for our customers. We recently had the opportunity to complete a complete turnkey project for an OEM. This project included 6 injection molds, a custom-made interchangeable frame to house these molds, and a custom built rotary table to fit a Boy XS Molding Machine. The program also included the set-up of the molding processes and a quality validation for each part. When we delivered the equipment to the customer, it was fully qualified and ready to run production.
Customer satisfaction is mission number one, always. This is an idea that will never change. So as long as it is, quality management will be the most important part of it. Thankfully, sticking to standards of quality management is the surest way to make quality products the highest priority.