Application of newer technology within the industrial world can take some time to spread on a wide scale, and a great example here is the metal-to-plastic conversion. While this technology first came about decades ago back in the 1950s, it’s only in recent years that many segments of industry have realized the amazing value provided by plastic products.
At EnviroTech, we’re proud to provide the highest quality services available in custom plastic injection molding, the general method of choice for plastic part manufacturing – including in several areas where metals were used until recent years. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over some of the numerous benefits of converting many industrial products from metal to plastic, plus dig into some of the industries and popular part types that have been most impacted by these changes.
One of the primary value-adds of using plastic instead of metal within many industrial applications is the cost savings you’re afforded. Plastics can be molded into any shape you want, meaning multiple metal components can be pared down to a single plastic component in many situations.
In addition, plastic is far easier to machine to specific size needs. Plastic is also made from synthetics, meaning production times are limited compared to metals. Finally, the ability to combine multiple parts into one using plastic eliminates the need for fastener and various assembly areas, and the ability to add colors to melts eliminates any need for painting or laser marking that often come with metal production.
In addition to being cheaper, plastic parts also offer several additional qualities that can improve the overall quality of the materials being produced:
- Extended product life due to several factors, including corrosion and chemical resistance.
- A wider range of design options available due to easy color adds and lack of fasteners.
- Elimination of several costly, time-consuming secondary processes that often accompany metal production.
- Ability to reuse many plastic materials.
- Greater structural strength within the plastic being used than comparable metals.
- Lighter weight and far easier use (more on this below, as it’s a vital factor).
Not only are plastic parts cheaper and faster to make, they meet all the same quality requirements as metal alloys – and they do so at a much lower weight. This is a huge factor in today’s world, where fuel efficiency and other weight-related factors play a large role in many industrial areas. Plastics are not only strong and light, they have natural fire resistance and resist corrosion and various chemicals.
For more on the value of plastic parts within several industrial areas, or to learn about our bulk injection molding or any of our other plastic molding or product design services, speak to the staff at EnviroTech today.