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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 products and containers.  In most cases “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 the skin. They replace many other natural...

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 (referred to as a tool in the plastics business)...

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 of custom plastic manufacturing. Plastic...

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 industry is unquestioned. The health care industry as...

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 Polybutylene Succinate (PBS) will turn into carbon...

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 plastic to run into the tool cavity, and it must...

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. This parison is like a very small bottle, but it

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 Southern California. Finally, the labor cost is lower...

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