Most products used on an everyday basis never get a thought from a layperson about their making. As a rule, nearly every article is made using plastics, glass, metals and rubbers. However different the material of production may be, the process remains the same – injection molding. Among all such materials of construction, the most common one is plastic.
The evolution of plastic injection molding industry
At present, close to thirty million tons plastic are manufactured on a day-to-day basis. The significance of plastic as a material for construction is due to its high availability; almost 60,000 variants of this material are manufactured at present.
However, the prosperity of injection molding technique began with the innovation of resins such as Styrene, K Resin and Nylon 6/6. Another factor that propelled the growth of this molding technique was the manufacturing of ultraviolet inhibitors and different additive colors.
In 1980s, the plastic material was given prominence with the development of horizontal injection molding machinery. With the beginning of high-end vertical mold machines and hybrids molding systems, it became possible to manufacture plastic products with unimaginable contours and tight dimensional tolerances. In the past, the process of molding was daunting and accounted for several injuries. However, the development of technology (such as robotic controls and hydraulics) has helped the process become safer with each passing day.
How plastic molding industry got better?
Notwithstanding the wonders of plastic injection molding, the procedure drew flak from several green revolutionists due to the material it used. However, large shares of revenue and energy are spent to make plastic environmentally more acceptable.
With the fruitful attempts to make plastic recycling possible, the entire process of injection molding has become efficient. The developments of high-strength thermosetting polymers have helped enhance the durability by leaps and bounds. Several pet bottle moulds are made from thermosetting polymers to increase their strength and capacity to withstand high temperature.
Apart from injection molding, one of the most common techniques used for manufacturing hollowed plastic products is blow moulding. Presently, innovative plastics are introduced to make possible impeccable precision and close-tolerances in the final product.