Rubber Molding Parts

Custom rubber molding parts and extrusion are the focus of our Engineered Polymers Division (EPD). DST has over 50 years of experience in custom rubber molding and extrusion of rubber parts and products. We offer injection rubber molding, compression rubber molding, transfer rubber molding, rubber extrusions as well as cast urethane parts. We’re ISO 9001 certified.

We have the staff, molding and extrusion equipment, and the expertise to produce your rubber parts, from one to millions. Enjoy the benefits of our in-house rubber lab as well as our 3D printer, offering you rapid prototypes of custom rubber parts in days.

We employ Lean Manufacturing and other cutting edge methods to ensure that your custom rubber parts are of the highest quality, are made on time, and meet your specifications the first time.

We custom mold and extrude rubber molding parts utilizing a wide array of rubber, including Natural Rubber, Butyl, EPDM, FKM, Fluorosilicone, HNBR, Neoprene, Nitrile, Polybutadiene, Polyurethane, SBR, and Silicone. The variety of custom molded and extruded rubber and urethane products we manufacture is virtually unlimited. We custom mold rubber wheels, rubber diaphragms, rubber valves, and virtually any other compression, injected transfer or extruded rubber product you can imagine. 

Rubber molding parts

Count on DST for all of your injection, compression, transfer and extruded rubber needs!

Products Include:

ATM Replacement Parts

Cast Urethane Parts

Rubber Rollers

Rubber Conveyor Grippers

Rubber Extrusions

Rubber Belts

Covered bearings

Rubber suction cups

Light seals

Foot pads

Endless rubber belts

Drive, idler, crush, picker wheels

Vibration dampening

Airport baggage bumpers

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping Right Now With Our 3D Printer

You want it right and you need it RIGHT NOW?  We hear from you.  That’s why we’ve invested in a state-of-the-art, rapid prototyping solution:  our 3D Printer. Send us a 3D model of your custom part using a software program like SolidWorks® and we’ll send you a three-dimensional prototype to hold in your hands.  Avoid the delays of sending out your 3D models to a rapid prototyping shop and then having to find a qualified manufacturer or fabricator.

We’ve been manufacturing custom rubber and plastic products and exceeding customer’s expectations since 1962. We’re ISO 9001 Certified. We’ve got the experience, technology and people to take your project from concept to finish…in spec, on budget and on time, all under one roof. So, when you need Rapid Prototyping RIGHT NOW, call us and watch us transform your ideas into reality in days!

ATM Replacement Parts and Components

ATM replacement parts and components are our specialties. We have decades of experience as an award winning OEM for the largest manufacturer of ATM’s in the World, providing them with a full range of components and change parts.

While several of the rollers shown in the photo are exclusive to certain customers, they illustrate the types of ATM parts we manufacture.

Our ATM parts and components are in thousands of ATM machines around the World, delivering superior, trouble-free performance in the most demanding applications. Our ATM parts include our “bullet-proof” Kevlar® reinforced transport belts, rollers, and wheels that perform flawlessly, day in, day out, in every kind of climatic condition one can imagine. 

Many of our ATM replacement parts utilize our unique proprietary millable polyurethane rubber, Millathane®, the properties of which are legendary. These include superior abrasion resistance, low-temperature flexibility, and high resilience.

DST is an ISO 9001-certified facility. Our staff is trained in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and other cutting edge manufacturing methods to ensure that the highest quality parts are made right the first time, on time, to your specifications.

If you need a reliable supplier of quality ATM replacement parts and components that you can count on to deliver on-time performance, look no further than DST’s Engineered Polymers Division.

Cast Urethane Parts

Cast urethane parts are a specialty of DST. We can custom design and manufacture virtually any type of commercial or industrial cast urethane part to near net shape profiles. Cast urethane offers a longer service life compared to metal or plastic. The hardness of cast urethane parts varies from very soft to rock-like. Some types of cast urethane can be approved for FDA food contact applications. Cast urethane parts are generally lightweight, highly abrasion and impact resistant can vary in the coefficient of friction, and have excellent oil, ozone, and radiation resistance.

Cast urethane parts are often used in oil and gas exploration, printing, textiles, construction, agriculture, mining, packaging, automotive, material handling, food, and beverage as well as currency and ATM applications.

We offer you the option of low-cost, low-pressure tooling as well as limited productions runs. If you’re in a hurry, our rapid prototyping 3D printer is at your service to expedite your job. We can develop custom formulations to enhance the physical properties required by your application utilizing our decades of experience in polymer chemistry.

DST has a dedicated cast urethane work center designed specifically to enhance our automated cast urethane production equipment, utilizing the very latest lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques.  Call us today and put our cast urethane team to work for you!

Rubber Extrusions

We can extrude virtually any custom profile for your rubber extrusion application. We have worked on rubber extrusion projects for a wide variety of industries including poultry, furniture, door and window manufacturing (glazing), bottling, canning and bakery applications.

Our Engineered Polymers Division (EPD) operates a Davis Standard Cold Feed Thermoset Extruder. This state-of-the-art rubber extruder produces custom profiles for the food, beverage and airport baggage handling industries, just to name a few applications. It is highly accurate and maintains tight tolerances, producing superior extruded products, on-time and within specifications.

This extruder is capable of dramatically increased production runs. Thanks to this increased capacity, we now stock a wide variety of extruded rubber parts like rubber conveyor grippers, ready for same-day or next-day shipment. Of course, we are always ready to take on your custom rubber extrusion projects.  Call us today and let us quote your next project.

Rubber Rollers

Rubber rollers are a specialty of DST. When combined with our exclusive Millathane® millable polyurethane, our rubber rollers are, quite simply, the best in the industry.  Rubber rollers are often used in ATM machines and dispensers for transport and separator functions. Other common uses of rubber rollers include point-of-sale (POS) printers, printer rollers, receipt printers, printing press rollers, labeling rollers, newspaper/magazine printing rollers, and various paper path applications.

DST’s Millathane® millable polyurethane is known the World over for its superior ability to balance coefficient of friction and abrasion resistance in critical applications. In addition to Millathane®, we offer a wide range of elastomers for virtually any rubber roller application, such as EPDM, nitrile, neoprene, Hypalon®, epichlorohydrin and polyisoprene.

Give us a call and let us recommend the best solution for your rubber roller application

Rubber Conveyor Grippers

  Our new Durogrip™ rubber conveyor grippers are super tough. How tough?  

•     Tear strength is increased a staggering 100% over conventional rubber grippers! 

•     Tensile strength is increased a whopping 70% over conventional rubber grippers!

•     Flex life, hardness and coefficient of friction remain the same

•     Chemical resistance is typical of EPDM, Neoprene and Nitrile

•     Excellent resistance to aqueous cleaning, disinfecting fluids and peracetic acid

What makes Durogrip rubber conveyor grippers so tough and durable?  They’re reinforced with a proprietary high aspect ratio mineral composition that makes them as tough as nails and extremely tear resistant.  All formulations for our Durogrip rubber conveyor grippers are available for use in extrusion or injection molding.  We offer these great new conveyor grippers in EPDM, Neoprene and Nitrile.  Every formulation is FDA compliant.*  They’re available in 40, 50 and 60 durometer in radius top, square top, 3 finger, mini 3 finger, 4 finger, soft touch and gray neoprene.

Right now, we have the following Durogrip™ rubber conveyor grippers in stock and ready for immediate delivery:

•     D Style

•     D Style with holes

•     Square Top

•     3 Finger

•     Mini 3 Finger

•     Soft Touch™

•     7 Rib

How Tough Are New Durogrip™ Rubber Conveyor Grippers?  Just watch this one minute video and judge for yourself.  If you’d rather spend more time producing the product and making money instead of shutting down production to replace those torn, worn-out grippers, Get A Grip with Super Tough Durogrip™ Rubber Conveyor Grippers from DST.

Custom Plastic Fabrication & CNC Machining

Why DST?  50 years of custom plastic fabrication and CNC machining excellence. Bring us your most demanding custom plastic fabrication and cnc machining projects and your tightest tolerances.  We’ll help you choose the right material and fabricate your parts to meet your specifications and exceed your expectations. We offer you: 

•     A full-time staff of experienced plastic design and fabrication engineers skilled in CAD/CAM programs

•     Custom plastic fabrication and CNC machining of parts from the highest quality industrial materials

•     Production-run quantities without the up-front cost of custom molding or tooling

•     An entire organization dedicated to quality and getting it right, the first time

Setting the Industry Standard in Custom Plastic Fabrication and CNC Machining

We’ve invested in the CNC machining and plastic fabrication equipment to assure conformance to the strictest tolerances. More importantly, we’ve invested in people – training and developing the skilled craftsmen who can transform your most challenging and exciting designs into finished reality. Consider these value-added “extras” we offer:

•     Parts that are cleaned, de-burred and ready to install

•     Private-label drop shipping to your customers

•     Shipments that are packaged with care and labeled to your specifications – saving time and labor in your receiving department

An Extensive Inventory Has Many Advantages

DST has its own UHMW Sheet Division, pressing sheets here on our Clearwater, Florida campus.  We also have direct relationships with material suppliers across the country and around the World.  Our inventory of engineering plastics surpasses that of many distributors. This allows us to:

•     Customize materials to your specifications

•     Reduce production time

•     Utilize the latest materials

•     Save costs by volume buying

•     Deliver your parts faster

Materials

Acetals: Delrin® – Celcon®
Acetals are available as a homopolymer (Delrin by Du Pont) or a co-polymer (Celcon by Celanese). Both materials offer excellent machining properties and are ideal for holding close tolerances. The high compression strength and stiffness of acetal make it a good material for high-load applications. Acetal is also available with additives such as moly dry lubricants and Teflon® fibers. These reduce friction and aid machinability.

Nylons
Nylon is available in several compounds and co-polymers. The most commonly used nylons for industrial components are Type 6 (cast) and Type 6/6 (extruded). Both materials exhibit excellent wear resistance and tensile strength, with Type 6 offering slightly better mechanical properties. Nylon generally absorbs more moisture than other bearing materials and therefore may be dimensionally unstable in wet applications requiring close tolerances. Nylon is available in oil or molybdenum disulphide filled compounds which offer a lower coefficient of friction for bearings and wear parts.

PTFE: Teflon®
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) provides exceptional chemical, electrical, mechanical and thermal properties for many applications. The most recognized source of PTFE resin is Teflon manufactured by Du Pont. PTFE is capable of operating at temperatures up to 550ºF, making it a versatile high-temperature material. Glass fibers are often added to improve the dimensional stability of PTFE under load.

UHMW-PE: Duro-Glide®
UItra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) has the highest impact and abrasion resistance of any thermoplastic. These properties and its reasonable cost make UHMW a versatile material for many applications where abrasion, impact, or chemical resistance is desired. The low coefficient of friction and high-slip properties of UHMW make it ideal as a wear liner for handling bulk commodities. UHMW can operate successfully at temperatures as low as – 375ºF, making it excellent for cryogenic applications.

Duro Lube
Oil-filled UHMW polyethylene is ideally suited for applications such as wear strips, slider plates and some bearing surfaces where lubrication is desirable to lower the coefficient of friction. All additives in Duro-Glide (white) and Duro-Lube meet FDA requirements for direct food contact.

Molds for Plastics

1 Fittings
With over 250 plastic molds produced in the past two years for top name producers in the region in ASTM, DIN, and other standards, Sincere Tech has mastered high-performance fittings molds for PVC, PE, ABS and PPT with exceptional success. Typical high cavitation molds, optimized cooling, mechanically CAM actuated and hydraulic oil-free core movements, in addition to robustly built structures all contribute to the economic production of fittings, and an edge over the competition through low cycle times and a drastic improvement in the reliability & life of the mold. 

Crates, Garden Furniture, & large size molds
High-efficiency molds for crates of all sizes and applications including returnable bottles, vegetables, dairy, and other. 

Plastic Moulding and molds for garden furniture, air conditioning, recreational accessories, panels, and appliances

Medical Appliances, Caps & Closures Line 
If you competitively seek to mold a medical part or cap with exceptionally high quality ….Sincere Tech should be your source for engineering advise & tooling ……whatever type….tear-off, bump-off, pull-up, pop-up, flip top, press-on, tamper-evident, fool-proof, dethreaded, whatever shape and form…round, square, oval, oblong, sculptured, irregular….whatever number of cavitation…1, 2…. 24, 48, or even higher….Sincere Tech should be your source for engineering advise & molds….. just ask any of our big list of world-class clientele…

Plastic Molds

Injection-blown articles 
Sincere Tech is the regional leader in single and multi-stage injection-blow molding tooling, part design and system design for PET & Polypropylene. With projects executed with exceptional success for the client with machines such as HuskyTM, SidelTM, KruppTM, ADSTM, MagicTM, Nissei ASBTM, AOKITM, JomarTM, or other PET or PPR production or high-speed machine, Sincere Tech has provided all the required expertise and results no matter how difficult the application. Oval, irregular, bell-shaped, integrated handle, built-in handle.

Extrusion Blow Molds for Containers. 
Optimized cooling, optimized cycle times, reliable design, and competitive prices make Sincere Tech a prime supplier for extrusion blow molding parts and its peripherals.

Services 
Plastic Engineering Services 

Building on its expertise and experience in the different aspects of plastics technology, Sincere Tech offers many engineering services for plastics including functional part design, aesthetic design, plastic rheology analysis, plastic production consultancy, etc.

Automation and Turnkey Solutions
Recognizing the importance of integration in today’s manufacturing world, and utilizing its strong relations with machinery and automation system suppliers, Sincere Tech offers consultancy for turnkey and automated solutions including robotics, specialized systems of production, etc.

Aluminium Die Casting and Gravity Die Casting Manufacturer

From a humble effort to localize Bicycle Chains and Hubs in early 60’s to Worlds Largest Producer and now to a leading Supplier of Aluminium Die Casting, Machined and Painted Assemblies, the journey so far has been full of growth and full of passion for excellence.

Today we are one of the leading partners in Aluminium Die Casting, Machined and Painted Assemblies to Hero Honda, the Largest Manufacturer of Two Wheels in the World. Besides being Customer Centric, a company has to keep Innovating, Facilitating Change, adopting World – Class Manufacturing and Management Practices. We at GC Precision Mould, are always striving and challenging conventions to exceed our customer’s expectations in terms of quality, cost, development, and delivery.

GC Precision Mould has witnessed a very sharp growth in volume and revenue in the last 5 years. Our biggest strength to achieve this rapid growth has been a unique work culture always willing to learn and proactively contribute towards the common goal of achieving excellence and high level of customer satisfaction.

GC Precision Mould is one of the largest suppliers of Drive Chains and Timing Chain to World’s largest two-wheeler company Hero Honda. GC Precision Mold produces chains as per International standards like 420, 428.

Project Management

With a team of designers with over two decades of experience in designing, GC Precision Mold combines together the latest technologies/platforms and rich experience. Once the tool design is complete, the design data is converted into machining data using software and this data is transferred directly to High Speed and High Precision Machining Centers.

We can produce tools up to a weight of 5 tons. Maximum tool that can be produced in-house can go up to a dimension of 850 X 850 X 950 mm.

GC Precision Mold also designs complex machining fixtures for CNC Machining of components.

Producing critical safety components and assemblies for instance braking systems is not easy. To ensure compliance with customers requirement, each and every employee is aware of its responsibility and is committed to individually towards achieving our goal of zero defects.

Total employee involvement in delivering the highest quality products is achieved by encouraging employees to participate in Quality Circles, Kaizen Activities and Suggestion Schemes. We even reward all the employees participating in such activities to motivate them.  

A manufacturing process that takes care of monitoring, measuring and analysis of all the processes responsible for the quality of the product including capability studies help our customers reduce the need of part inspection at their lines. FMEAs are live documents and are continuously improved.

Aluminium High-Pressure Die Casting

With 9 years of experience in High Pressure Die Casting, GC Precision Mould has developed in-house expertise in this field. Not only we have developed systems for handling multiple alloys, but have mastered the art of large scale mass production. We produce over 30,000 die-cast components/day from our machines ranging from 150T to 800T locking force capacity. The HPDC machines are fully automatic with real-time controls to ensure uniform quality.

Customer’s quality requirements are continuously increasing. Pressure-tight castings free from pores is the order of the day. GC Precision Mould has the experience and expertise in such castings.

Our expertise in processes, ability to offer creative solutions, always meeting the timeline and offering the entire range of services have made us what we are today.

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Gravity Die Casting Machine

With technological know-how from the second largest 2 wheeler alloy wheel maker in the World, GC Precision Mould is staring the production of 2 wheeler allow wheels from April 2008 in its greenfield project in Haridwar GC Precision Mould is staring the production of 2 wheeler allow wheels from April 2008 in its greenfield project in Haridwar” to “With technological knowhow from the World’s second-largest alloy wheel manufacturer, GC Precision Mould produces Alloy Wheels for 2 wheelers.

Gravity Die Casting

The key to customer delight is timely execution of projects and project management plays the most important goal in delivering the right product, at the right time and at the right location.

The Cross-Functional Team takes care of the complete Process of Project Management right from defining the project goal and targets, until the final PSW Submission. Close interaction is maintained with the customer throughout the development process.

Process Development is the key to ensure timely identification and deployment of all the necessary resources not only in terms of machines but also inspection facilities, trained manpower, utilities, etc, to ensure smooth development, trial, inspection and submission of PPAP lots as per defined timelines.

The use of advanced simulation and testing software give GC Precision Mould the advantage of testing all the tool designed for cast fill, gate design, overflow design by doing mould fill simulations and thermal analysis of the designs at actual production parameters. This not only avoids the number of tool corrections required but also ensure good castability as optimum machine parameters are already known.

MOULDS AND MATERIALS

A major advantage of rotamoulding is the low tooling cost compare to plastic injection mold, and die casting, is you are looking for China Plastic Mold Company, you can contact us.

Since the heating and fusing of resin inside a slowly rotating closed mould does not require high pressure, moulds, therefore, need not be as costly or complex as those tooled for other processes. Depending on requirements, moulds can be made from several materials:

Cast aluminium alloy: the popular choice, with good heat transfer and excellent mould definition. It is best for small to medium sized mouldings.

Sheet mild steel: for fabricating moulds for large mouldings.

Cast beryllium copper: for quality moulds producing very detailed surface finishes.

Electroformed copper nickel: suitable for undercuts and the highest surface reproduction and finish.

90% of rotational mouldings are made of polyethylene (PE), a polymer with immense versatility ranging from food grade to vandal-resistant and flame retardant grades for handling waste materials, fuels and corrosive substances.

Cross-linkable PE has been developed with superior resistance to chemicals and environmental stress cracking suitable for the production of canoes, chemical plant and high performance containers.

In addition to polyvinyl chloride, EVA, polyester elastomers and certain rubbers for moulding flexible and inflatable products, engineering polymers have also been developed including polypropylene, nylon, polycarbonate, and polyurethane.

Some thermosets have been introduced too. However, the flow characteristics of the resin are all important for successful processing, hence the ubiquity of polyethylene. if plastic molding parts made in polyethylene, it is PP injection molding, need this service? Contact us.

These materials and technological advances, combined with well designed surface finishes and graphics, are leading to the rotamoulding process away from traditional solutions into new areas of product application.

Market Speed for new products

Launch more products in less time
Leverage our broad capabilities, resources, and experience.

Ensure quality
Maintain or improve your rigorous quality standards by utilizing Accellent’s superior quality systems and certified manufacturing, packaging and shipping services.

Exceed your customer expectations
Your project is done right the first time, reaching customers when promised.

Our Customers realize accelerated speed to market by taking advantage of Accellent’s: Proven track record of quality, delivery and flexibility with the world’s leading medical device manufacturersVast infrastructure and global resources to build and hold inventory launch quantities for rapid deployment with over
1 mil square feet of manufacturing, clean room, and assembly space experienced design and engineering teams that utilize innovative and proven efficient processes, including Design for Process Excellence, design for manufacture, rapid prototyping, and leading-edge technical transfer processes complete menu of outsourcing solutions including design and engineering services, precision component production, finished device assembly and complete supply chain management

At hyx, innovation is a passion for doing things in a transformational way.  This includes the dedication to world-class quality, faster delivery, increased customer satisfaction and lower costs.

Innovation permeates every aspect of the way we do business and when we manage your strategic supply chain you benefit from:

  • Over 200 design, development and technical staff experienced in delivering “what’s next”
  • All of the knowledge from new programs, developments and manufacturing issues retained within the partnership
  • Unique and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Experienced Corporate Account Directors and Field Sales Engineers dedicated to meeting the unique needs and requirements of individual customers.
  • Innovation, not just in technology, but aggressive speed to market and cost improvement programs

Plastic Mold Company

We are a plastic mold company, provide plastic molds and moding service.

the last year, An important customer came to ST Tooling from US, CA, requiring a new servcie palstic mold and plastic molding company.Driver’s Side Airbag Cover in critically short time. Initial parts from productive materials were required in only 4 weeks. Several rapid tooling processes were considered for this project. The PolySteel™ process was selected for the following reason:

  • Tool accuracy
  • Lowest cost
  • Fastest timing
  • Robust process

PolySteel™ is a new polymeric tooling process developed by ST Tooling of Fresno, CA. Tools are created directly from rapid prototype or other patterns. The material is highly loaded with steel (greater than 90% by weight). A very high degree of accuracy is maintained from the pattern due to negligible process shrinkage (.0002 in./in.). The resulting tools have exceptional strength and durability for injection molding applications. 

This major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) had confidence the PolySteel™ process would work for this Airbag Cover project since PolySteel™ had already been proven successful with more abrasive materials requiring higher molding temperatures and pressures (such as ABS and Nylon 40% glass filled). 

Plastic Mold
Plastic Mold



The 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 6 Airbag Cover mold (317mm x 152mm) would normally require 8 separate components, 4 of which are slides. Due to the versatile nature of the PolySteel™ process the tool was produced with a 1-piece stripper plate, 2 core sections and 1 cavity, completely eliminating the need for slides, thus reducing total components by 50%. 

The part used to create the Airbag Cover mold was a stereolithography (SL) pattern. Since time was of the essence, the OEM’s in-house service bureau built the pattern over a weekend. Leather grain texture was applied to the exposed surface of the pattern using a special 2-day process. This greatly reduced the typical lead time required for conventional graining procedures. The PolySteel™ material was molded directly over the pattern without the need for machined inserts. The tool was constructed in a simple welded frame, which replaced the conventional mold base. Holes for the ejection system were molded in place. The characteristics of PolySteel™ made it possible to meet the demanding requirements of the Airbag Cover mold without the need for water cooling lines. Since the PolySteel™ process replicated the grain on the pattern, the parts produced from production intent materials were able to be used for show as well as deployment testing. 

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More than 100 Airbags Covers were molded in the PolySteel™ tool to meet initial requirements. Over the following month, the mold was used for parametric studies by revising the tear seam and changing the emblem embossment area. Modifications of this nature are accomplished quickly and easily in PolySteel™ tools. An additional 225 parts were then produced from three (3) alternate productive materials. 

Even with the premium paid for expedited delivery, the PolySteel™ tooling process still saved the OEM 12% in tool costs and even more significantly 80% in typical timing. This tooling technology played a key role enabling delivery of a new Driver’s Side Airbag Cover in a timely manner for a very important customer. 

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Polypropylene Plastic Material

PolypropylenePolypropylene Injection Molding

The Polypropylene market continues to charge into higher ground. Spot resin prices have been climbing weekly and are now up about $.22/lb for the year. Propylene monomer looks to be settling $.04/lb higher for November, and depending on resin producer, there is another $.04 or $.05/lb price increase nominated for December, so we anticipate resin prices to continue heading upward. Polypropylene Injection Molding

Polypropylene demand has been very good, so even though there has been a fair amount of spot resin offered, it has been selling quickly. This has not been a market for buyers to negotiate hard, but resin could be bought as it is offered. Even those offers that seem slightly expensive for the market are disappearing and then the new offers come in priced a little bit higher.

It has been a tough market for Polypropylene buyers, barely a price pause all year. Last year some processors claimed that they could not make money if they had to pay more than $.35/lb for their resin. Now at $.55/lb it seems that some have learned that they could make more money selling off their resin inventory rather than actually processing the pellets! It is a creative and temporary solution for survival, but in the long run processors need to continue passing along higher costs downstream at an even faster pace. 

Polypropylene producers, on the other hand, are mostly in pretty good shape; they have achieved more increases in resin prices than their feedstock costs have advanced. They have utilized the export market to reduce their inventory positions and have been running their reactors, with good margins, at near sold out levels. Polypropylene nomrally call PP material, the injection molding part from PP call PP injection molding.

The US dollar continues to devalue and has made all-time lows against the Euro and multiyear lows versus the Asian currencies. This makes US products, resin included effectively on sale to foreign markets. Foreign resin demand is picking up again and producers are still looking to export what they can, but US prices have risen to the point that they are only competitive, and are not an especially great deal to foreign buyers.

Polystyrene
The Polystyrene market made its big move higher in the late summer adding $.16/lb in less than two months; prices have since consolidated at this elevated level. During this time, price protection expired on even the largest processors, so producers are finally caught up in passing through their sharply higher monomer costs. Even with styrene monomer around $.60/lb, current PS selling prices should be sufficient for profitable resin production.

Polystyrene producers still have plenty of ground to makeup from losses earlier in the year, when feedstock costs soared much faster than resin price increases could be implemented. So expect their best effort to maintain control of the market to protect and even extend their price gains.

Producers had an $.08/lb price increase slated for Nov 1st, but the market was still tired and not been ready for another surge. Polystyrene prices have even come off a couple of cents from their peak, with an ample supply of both HIPS and GPPS now available in the spot market. However, processors’ inventories are low and this market could change quickly now that producers are more realistically looking to enforce $.04/lb on Nov 15th and market permitting, the other $.04/lb on Dec 1st. 

Die Casting Offer Rapid Tooling

GC Die Casting Offer Rapid Tooling

Cleveland, OH – Advancements in rapid machining and prototyping are being developed at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) that will considerably shorten the lead time for die casting tooling. Rapid tooling is important when a relatively small number of parts are required. This is important to DLA when tooling is no longer available to produce spare parts for aging weapon systems. Tooling lead time can play critical role to the overall procurement lead time, significantly affecting weapon system readiness. Rapid tooling methods that shorten lead times and reduce costs will expand the DLA casting supply base for high quality, dimensionally accurate parts.

Over the past year, CWRU has been working with NADCA and GC Die Casting company to develop a higher quality heat sink for military-tracked vehicles utilizing rapid tooling methods. Rubberized tank tracks are subjected to demanding operating conditions. In addition to normal wear and tear, they are exposed to temperature extremes that can affect performance and result in separation between the rubber and the track. To prevent separation, an aluminum heat sink that absorbs excessive heat from the rubber is embedded between the track and the rubber. Die casting is the most cost effective fabrication method for this heat sink because of the large production volumes involved.

GC Die Casting company, the die caster for these parts, had to frequently replace the HI3 steel dies because of excessive thermal fatigue cracking. The project team recommended replacing the HI3 steel dies with two alternate grades of steel. The new dies were completed in record time utilizing rapid tooling methods. Compared to HI3, a die set fabricated from one of the alternate steel grades produced twice as many castings before any welding repair was deemed necessary. The die set fabricated from the other alternate steel grade made three to four times as many castings. NADCA and AFS are supporting the technology transfer to their membership and CWRU is applying the lessons learned on Rapid Tooling to recent USCAR and DOE projects. In the the coming year, CWRU will collect, process, and report performance data from the rapid tooling production guidelines for fabrication of rapid tooling. The close collaboration and synergy fostered by the AMC program between the R&D teams, the CAST-IT application engineers, and the metalcasting associations and their members is very unique, making significant contributions to DLA and the metalcasting industry.

Plastics Labs testing services

Welcome to Moldflow’s Plastics Labs testing services.


The combined excellence of the Moldflow Centre for Plastic Testing and Research and C-MOLD‘s Polymer Laboratory have been brought together to form Moldflow Plastics Labs. With the combined experience of 25 years and more than 4,000 grades, the labs are the leaders in material characterization for plastics processing. Moldflow Plastics Labs offer a comprehensive range of both standard and innovative tests to provide complete and accurate material characterization data for use within Moldflow and C-MOLD simulation software.

Established in April 1986, Moldflow’s material testing service offers a comprehensive range of standard and special tests to provide complete and accurate material characterization data for use with Moldflow’s simulation software.
With facilities in Australia and the US, we are able to meet the needs of our global market in a timely and cost effective manner.

Along with a comprehensive suite of standardized test methods, Moldflow Plastics Labs are the only providers of many specialized and innovative measurement techniques that yield greater simulation accuracy. Among our unique capabilities are mold shrinkage measurements, injection molding data verification, slit-die thermoset rheology, and proprietary model fitting.

The labs are an integral part of Moldflow’s software development and testing. This ensures a ready exchange of knowledge and skills, which drives the continuous improvement of testing and simulation technology.