Serving Pennsylvania from Our Central North Carolina Location
When your business needs durable, high-quality plastic parts, components, and products, with a quick lead time and a low per-unit price, Advanced Plastiform, Inc. can help. We use advanced thermoforming and injection molding methods to create custom plastics for all types of industries in Pennsylvania, including automotive, medical, and materials handling.
Our customers come to us because they know our dedication to customer service is unsurpassable. With an experienced plastics engineering and design team who will work with you directly to create the exact plastics to meet your needs along with determining the best method of manufacture, we will do everything in our power to lower your cost and ensure your deadlines are met without sacrificing accuracy, consistency, or quality of your products.
Our Injection Molding Process
Most commonly used for small plastic parts, or pieces that have complex shapes or designs or varying thickness and width, injection molding is a manufacturing process where we take thermoplastic pellets and melt them to a liquid state. Using a high-pressure injector tool, the liquid plastic is injected into a custom-designed tool. The force of the injector ensures plastic gets into every single part of the mold, ensuring an accurate, consistent finished product. Once the plastic cools and hardens, the molded piece is removed and customized. Our customization options include painting, silk screening, and adding coatings.
Our injection molding facility includes state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge processes to our operations. We have injection presses that range between 100 tons to 530 tons depending on the need for the design. We also have a variety of high-quality thermoplastic materials available, including ABS, High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, and Polypropylene, many of which are available in a full range of colors and customization options. Our design and engineering team will be happy to work with you to help you determine which material and manufacturing method is best for your final project.
Injection Molding for High-Volume Orders
When deciding between injection molding and thermoforming, many people immediately want to dismiss injection molding in Pennsylvania due to the high up-front costs and longer lead time compared to thermoforming which can be very inexpensive and fast in comparison. This is because the tooling design and prototyping needed in injection molding is much more intensive and requires more expensive materials to ensure the task is done correctly.
Before we can begin production, we need to guarantee an accurate design through our prototyping process and injection tool creation. This involves creating a double-sided tool made of steel, heavy aluminum, or a beryllium-copper alloy, which is much more expensive than the single-sided tools cast from aluminum used in thermoforming.
In spite of the complex steps and high costs that come at the beginning of a first molding, the return on investment for injection molding can dramatically offset the upfront costs, especially if you have a high-volume order or expect to require multiple or on-going fulfilments. Once the upfront processes have been completed, there is no need for them to ever be completed again – no new designs, molds, or injection tools need to be recreated – so subsequent orders will have a low cost per item.
Contact Us for Pennsylvania Injection Molding
If you need durable, custom plastics for your company, API works with businesses across the entire state including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Scranton and all other areas within Pennsylvania. Our skills and expertise can provide the right quality of a product for the best price and deliver it on time. From concept to delivery, API is your answer for custom injection molded plastic components.