Molded plastic components are found in multiple electronic applications. There are structural applications, including boards and switch components, as well as enclosures and supports for finished systems.
Materials & Processes
Some materials are selected for special dielectric properties (or, in some cases, the ability to conduct electricity). Materials for enclosures and physical supports are selected on the basis of strength and ability to withstand high temperature, sunlight and physical shock. Many enclosures are designed to protect equipment from water, and include complicated gasketing components.
Plastic Molded Concepts is experienced in working with glass-filled resins and other compounds that provide strength and shock-resistance. There are several products, including silicons, which stand up to high temperatures and resist multiple acids and non-polar solvents.
Enclosures that involve fasteners often require insert molding. We can also talk about multishot molding to eliminate a separate, post-molding gasket insertion.
Electronic systems involve fabrication and other operations to deliver a finished product. Implementing this capability at the customer’s location represents a significant capital expense. Outsourcing manufacture allows you to turn a fixed expense into a variable cost, and reduces inventory and purchasing costs.
Plastic Molded Concepts provides qualified assembly of electronic components. Work takes place in an air conditioned environment, on ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) safe work cells. Additionally, we can complete the supply chain by handling purchasing of customer-specified components. You only manage one sku, not several.
How to Get the Best Results
Good molders partner early in the process. They look downstream from molding through to delivery of the finished product, and work to take out cost and time delays at every step.
Time to market is another important consideration. Even firms that typically work with foreign suppliers find that they get better results by ‘Onshoring’ molding operations. A centrally-located US manufacturer can reduce time-to-market and turn a project into a revenue-generator quickly.