The confusing plastic mess

Consumers are confused by plastic. It’s bad, good, wonderful, harmful, and indispensable. Consumers know that plastic waste is a problem but love the plastic products they use every day. The problem is complex. Plastic is not just one material...

Packaging and Plastic Containers Promote Sales

In the 1890s many new home products were introduced to help maintain the household. These included baking soda and other cooking powders and liquids as well as cleaners. In the unregulated era of packaging, many mistakes were made that caused...

Plastics and Modern Medicine

Plastic injection molding continues to provide solutions for the medical industry to improve health care. From PVC joint fittings that are made into wheelchairs for developing countries, to injection-molded positioning helmets for precision brain...

Plastic Micro Molding: The big and small of it

Some things just keep getting smaller and smaller. While you might think we are talking about the amount of product in a box, in this case we are talking about electronics, computer chips and tiny parts of smaller and smaller robots of all kinds...

Making Stuff: The Custom Plastic Manufacturer

Microdyne Plastics, Inc. started in 1975 as a custom plastic molding company.  From our small beginnings, this was how we began the company and still continue today. In today’s manufacturing world, the opportunity still exists to produce custom...

The Problem with Plastic Microbeads:

The Need for Environmental Self-Control by the Plastic Industry Microbeads are plastic spheres that measure 5 millimeters or less and do not dissolve in water. They are used mostly for cleansing in beauty creams as exfoliators, and are rinsed off...

Blow Molding

  Blow molding typically refers to plastic blow molding. This is the process of “blowing” air into a plastic resin like a balloon that is soft or “melted” using heat and pressure.  However, the “balloon” is restricted by the walls of a mold...

Custom Plastics Manufacturing

The plastic industries have become huge over the last 80 years. Because of the huge flexibility of plastic resins, the uses have created several individual industries that use plastic resin as the material. This article is about the sub-industry...

Medical Device Manufacturing and Plastics

Medical device companies are in the news due to the health care reform attempts in Congress. The future of payments and how medical equipment and devices are used may be affected in some ways; however, the usefulness of plastic in the medical...

Can Plastic Be Made from Biomass

We are getting closer to plastics that will decompose in landfills. Energy biomass, is defined as “organic matter, especially plant matter, that can be converted to fuel and is therefore regarded as a potential energy source”. A material called...

Plastic Injection Molding Basics

Injection molding is a process of “injecting” or flowing liquefied plastic resin into a mold. The resin will chemically cure or cool into a hard or rigid plastic object. The mold, called a tool in the industry, must have channels for the liquid...

Extrusion Blow Molding Basics

Extrusion means that material is forced out. In this case, melted and molten plastic is forced out of a container into a hollow tube which forms a parison. The parison is then placed in a cool metal form that represents a bottle or hollow shape...