Here at Protomould & Plas-Tech, we often get asked if your minimum requirements are enough for you to justify tooling and manufacture components. It is often the industry perception that injection moulding requires hundreds of thousands to millions of components per annum to justify the upfront investment.
Vacuum Forming is a relatively common form of plastic moulding, in which a sheet of plastic is heated to its thermoforming temperature. The chamber in which the sheet sits over is filled with air which makes the plastic bubble, the tool is then lifted into the sheet at which point the vacuum chamber removes all the air. This forces the plastic to form around the tool creating the mould you need.
Over the last 12 months Protomould have undergone a large investment plan expanding not only the factory but it’s broad range of equipment. This exciting new investment allows us to highlight our high standards and professional service, keeping us up to date with the latest technology.
Vacuum formed products are all around us and play a major part in our daily lives. It is an industrial technique which may be used for small batch production or mass production, providing us with our everyday essentials of all things plastic.
At the end of 2017 Plas-Tech was approached by a major construction equipment manufacturer for a newly designed plastic component project. Challenged to make over 20 large prototype mould tools, CNC jigs and parts within just a few weeks, see how we executed such project.
On a recent project through close customer collaboration at the design stage we created 32 plastic vacuum formed components for use on an off road vehicle to operate in harsh environments and extreme terrain.
One of our largest customers in the group approached us to produce a 2 piece injection moulded rear light surround. The project challenge was immediately identified – our customer required parts in just 3 weeks after a strategic decision to design the new light moulding.
Eliminate the use of wood and replace corner parts with more cost-effective, lighter, high-quality plastic corner mouldings. Like Plas-Tech, our client’s standard for final quality is one of the highest in the industry, and as a result, they faced two challenges - matching the current quality of wood and ensuring the plastic finish matched the current wood grains and colours.