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 Simplified

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 Simplified

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...

Inland Empire Plastics Manufacturing

The California Inland Empire is a perfect place for plastic molded products. This is because the Inland Empire has the lowest cost for land and buildings in Southern California, and it is located in the center of the transportation hub for...

Precision Plastic Injection Molding

Precision plastic injection molding has challenges beyond regular projects. Small parts are used in medical devices, electronics, the auto industry, and dozens of other industries. Just like their big brothers, micro plastic injected parts must...

Polymers and Plastic Products

Plastics are one of the more “magical” substances known to humanity. Polymers are responsible for the magic. But to most people a polymer is something they once heard about in high-school chemistry. Yet despite the magic products created from...

Reducing Plastic Product Manufacturing Costs

Microdyne is a contract plastics manufacturer. This really means we build custom products to the customer’s specifications. This approach is wonderful to get the exact product into the customer’s hands. However, many of our customers are not...

LEGO® Seeks Bio-alternatives for Plastic Blocks

LEGO® In the News The Danish toy maker is considering corn and wheat as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic. As more companies work on developing plastic from proteins of renewable sources rather than petroleum, some plastic users are...