It is very easy to make expensive errors when it comes to injection moulding. Quality issues in injection-moulded products can range from minor surface defects to more serious problems that can affect the safety, performance and function of the product. They can be caused by problems related to the moulding process, material use, tooling design or a combination of all three.
In this series of posts, we will look at a number of issues that can affect the quality of the end product – and some of the common remedies.
A new opportunity presented itself here at Patterson & Rothwell and we were quick to see the potential for manufacturing a new product for a number of existing customers.
Surely the easiest sale a company can make is that to one of its existing customers and yet how often do we see companies spend hard earn profits on new markets and new ventures with big risks? Injection Moulding Companies are no different and should be aware of the risks of entering new markets in the belief that a pot of gold lies at the other end. We all wish, right?!
The Real Story about the most famous wearer of the Patterson & Rothwell T Shirt.
Ok so what does an ex Man Utd and England central midfielder have to do with Patterson & Rothwell an injection moulding company from Oldham? Early in the year of 2015 we were approached by our long term customer and part time commercial manager of Mossley AFC Stephen Porter to see if we would benefit from some kind of sponsorship of a charity football match. Mossley is a lovely village on the outskirts of Saddleworth with perhaps the best view from their Seel Park grounds of any football club. Nestled in the foothills of the Pennines the view from the pitch is the Western edge of the Saddleworth Moor, which sometimes draws the eye from the football. As the match was in July the scene was set could not really hope for a better venue and as we are practically neighbours here at P&R how could we not get involved.
To solve many issues with a complex moulded part the team here at P&R were able to utilise a 6 axis and a 3 axis robot to work in harmony with each other to complete 4 operations. The 6 axis robot picks and places 7 grub screws inside the tool whilst the 3-axis robot de-gates, jigs and drills the part. This procedure was completed entirely in-house. Follow the link for a short video clip of the operation. Continue reading
Peep and Weep Wall Ventilation Parts
Two new products are launched as we approach the Easter Break and tie in with our new Air Brick that was previously featured in both our E Newsletters and here on our web site.
New 70mm Corner Protector
The all new 70mm Window Corner Protector is now available here at P&R. Measuring at 72mm (allowances for foiled profile) the corner protector was designed in partnership with a super fabricator to help protect the vulnerable corner areas of the frame during movement around the factory and in vehicles prior to fitting.
No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things. Continue reading
Fort Bragg plastic bridge
By Dawn Elizabeth Pandoliano, Sep 25, 2009
An M1A1 Abrams tank is driven over a thermoplastic composite bridge to demonstrate the strength of the first, 95 percent recycled, low maintenance bridge during the dedication ceremony Friday, at Camp Mackall. Continue reading