Like many industries, the plastic injection molding industry is rapidly evolving to fit the needs of its clients and our environment. One component of that industry is swiftly and surely rising above the rest, that is large part molding. Not only is it becoming more accessible, but it's also becoming more sustainable, as well.
Below are three major trends that promise to have a significant impact both the plastics industry and the world of manufacturing as a whole.
The future of large part molding greatly depends upon green initiatives and the sustainability of the parts that are produced. Meet bio-plastic! Bio-plastic is a type of plastic that is made from sustainable, renewable resources instead of fossil fuels. Some composites use corn, flax, soy and even components of shrimp shells to create a durable and renewable plastic.
Thermoset plastics are often used for large part molding projects, such as automobile parts.
Unfortunately, thermoset plastics are not recyclable or renewable. This is why many companies are researching alternatives to petroleum-based plastics for large injection molded parts.
Why are bio-plastics on the rise? Disposing of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable plastic is a major problem; our landfills are becoming increasingly full and waterways have already become polluted with non-recyclable plastics. Also, petroleum is a finite resource, so an eventual shift is ultimately necessary. Bio-plastics are safe enough to be composted into the soil, with no harm to the environment. So, once your large part molding project has served its purpose, it might end up keeping vital land from eroding or even fertilizing our crops, instead of sitting in a landfill.
Lightweighting isn't just for cars anymore. Many industries are lightweighting, or switching from heavier metals to plastic, because modern plastic resins and additives are stronger and more durable than ever before. The auto industry has embraced lightweighting; they're producing lighter, safer, more efficient cars and other industries have taken notice. Large part molding has many more possibilities and capabilities than metal, from customized parts to build more efficient, lightweight tiny homes to components for bridges and railroads. Our engineers and molders can work with resins suppliers to create customized formulas and molds that meet your specific needs.
Nearshoring is rapidly replacing outsourcing in this country, from clothing and industrial textiles to large part molding projects. There are still many debates on which are more beneficial and cost effective in the long run, but it's becoming more popular for companies to manufacture products and components either near their respective raw materials or nearer to their target market.
When a manufacturer is nearer to their target market, it helps them to both give their clients the attention they deserve and to respond quickly to consumer trends and clients' needs. Plus, there's less transport involved when products are manufactured nearer to their target market, which means a smaller carbon footprint for everyone involved. And most importantly, nearshoring companies like Baytech Plastics can guarantee a higher level of superior quality.
To learn more about large part molding innovations, contact Baytech Plastics. Since 1946 Baytech has manufactured and delivered quality custom-molded plastic components to their clients. Find out how your large part molding project can be sustainable and maximize ROI.
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