Mold Classification

When you approach a custom injection molding partner to produce critical-use plastic parts or components, one of the first steps is determining if the product is suitable for the injection molding process. Experienced injection molders will ask a series of questions to better understand your project needs from multiple perspectives – design, purpose and objectives – to first determine overall moldability, and then to confirm what type of injection mold is best suited for the job. [...]

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Anniversary

PTA Plastics just reached an important milestone; March 1, 2018 marked PTA’s 6th anniversary as an employee owned company, otherwise known as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). PTA’s employee owners are key to PTA’s success! Through the years, PTA has earned an excellent reputation [...]

Mold Fill Analysis: Gate Location and Resin Selection

The use of mold filling analysis is often a very valuable tool that can greatly benefit both plastic injection molders as well as part designers. Utilizing virtual simulation derived from 3-D models shows how plastics will fill related to product design, material, machine, mold, gating, and processing conditions. [...]

Choosing the Right Injection Mold Tooling Material, Part 3: Aluminum

As the last post in our series, we explore when aluminum might be the right material for your next injection mold. Aluminum is a material that carries many different opinions, depending on whom you talk to. There are also molding process that lend themselves well to aluminum molds, some of which contradict and challenge some of the points below. [...]