Plastic mold making is the process of obtaining plastic products by injecting molten plastic pellets under high pressure into a mold and after it cools and solidifies forms a final plastic product. It is a process appropriate for goods with irregular shapes being manufactured in large numbers. This process was first done by John W. Hyatt, an American inventor who was trying to replace billiard balls from being made out of ivory to plastic.
Although his product did not impress the market, his machine left an impression. From there, plastic making industries evolved rapidly and moved from making simple products to the manufacturing of complex and large equipment that service different industries from automotive, medical, home appliances, furniture, electronics e.t.c.
Today, many companies dealing in these services have come up in Michigan, and this article seeks to look at the very best in the business:
With an experience of over 40 years, Fow Mold is a plastic injection molding industry located in Zhejiang, China. It is a manufacturing company capable of product design, mold design, mold making and injection molding. Aiming at producing quality affordable plastics products around the world, they utilize the most sophisticated technology to meet this need. They include their clients in their processes to ensure that both the client’s and the company’s objective are realized.
Bucket moulds are the major items manufactured by Fow Mold. Other molds include; home appliances, automobiles, furniture, baby products, warehouse and storage. They have a very dedicated management team who are present in all operations to ensure nothing messes with the quality of goods that go in the market. This is very mandatory since they are trying to maintain the good reputation they have.
Nowadays, along with other Chinese mold factories, they have extended their market into other countries like Russia, the USA, Europe.
MSI was established in 2005 as an engineering and consulting company. They provided these services to automotive companies in terms of sales and technical issues. Due to high demand, they expanded their operations in 2009 and launched a facility equipped with machinery to make alterations in client’s plastic injection molds and offer mold trials. One of their priorities is to provide excellent team-driven service to their clients.
They continued to extend their services over the years since the demand was growing for plastic injection molding service, custom injection molding, insert molding and prototype injection molding. In 2018, in a new facility, they finally started to offer full services in plastic injection molding and are now listed among plastic injection molding manufacturers in Michigan.
Affinity Custom Molding was started in 1994 in Mendon, Michigan in a 48,000 square foot operating area. This facility comprises a design and engineering department, an injection mold shop, a warehouse, and an 18 press injection molding facility. They deal with auto molds of automotive industries, medical, pool, plumbing, and finally furniture molding, but they are open to any other custom products.
Their daily procedures include grinding, turning, milling, engraving and welding. Prototypes and production molds are manufactured. Some molds produced here are stripper, side action, unthreading, hot sprue and swing core. The type of tools used in mold making is both custom-built bases and standard bases, good quality aluminium, stainless steel and tool steels. They offer an array of services such as design, tooling, limited production, planning, full production and finalizing of products.
Ironwood Plastic is considered a leader in the plastic injection molding industry. The company was sold to CTB Inc in 2010, a Berkshire Hathaway industry. They own two refined facilities in Ironwood, Michigan, 60,000 square foot and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, 25,000 square foot that facilitate all their operations in making the best quality plastic products. They are known for the execution of the most complex projects and focuses on insert molding and engineered items.
They serve the electronics markets, automotive, industrial and military. They provide secondary services like tape and reel packaging, sonic welding, pad printing, foam in place gasketing and pad printing.
MMI Engineered Solutions is a manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacturing of products. With over 35 years of experience, they provide custom engineered solutions. In terms of square footage, they have a 145,000 square foot total operation area in Saline, Michigan and an additional 70,000 square foot in their facility in Monterrey, Mexico. They also own offices in Troy, Michigan.
In MMI, engineers and designers utilize various advanced world-class innovations in their projects processes to yield the best results possible. Their products include components of the powertrain, exterior, interior, blow-molding, and conversion. The services offered in MMI Solutions include product design and concept, program manager, tool design and construction, and full CAE analysis.
All their efforts have not gone to waste since they have been recognized and won some awards in 2014 and 2015 where they were given Top Mold and Tool Maker’s award
Hi-Tech Mold Engineering Inc is a family-owned enterprise that was started in 1982 in Fraser, Michigan and relocated to Rochester Hills in 1987. Since then they have been adding a couple of facilities and expanding into other states in the USA. They believe in safety, dedication, accountability, customer-focused and quality as their core values. They are regarded as leaders in the plastic manufacturing industry.
Their services are product design and development, plastic injection molding, assembling, CNC molding and additive manufacturing. They use the latest machinery in their operations and this ensures quality is maintained and improved daily. They offer tryouts and mold testing for customer satisfaction.
The plastic injection molding industry has grown and is continuing to grow, although we do not know what the future has in store for us, one thing for sure is this industry will continue to employ many individuals creating a ripple effect in all aspects of the economy. Michigan as one of the USA states is leading the way in this sector and the world has recognized this.
Both the government and the private sector are investing more in this industry making it a vital part of the economy and in turn, prices are lowered for the common population but the quality of goods still intact. Nowadays, technology has taken centre stage in this industry, so if you want to learn more about the different designs in molded products you can contact us and we will enlighten you in everything injection molding.
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