Injection Molding News and Resources

We hope you can use this section to learn a bit more about our industry and how to effectively operate in it.  We will be sharing you with latest news on injection molding, resources to help you make the right decision, business tips, and more.

Working with Metal Plating for Plastics

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 5:13 pm in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding | Comments Off on Working with Metal Plating for Plastics

There are some applications where nothing works better than a real metal finish, but with compound shapes and curves, metal stamping is both impractical and cost prohibitive. JATCO, Incorporated, has extensive experience with plated product. With plateable grade resins available for some resins such as ABS, we can mold substrate parts to be metal plated in any variety of metals like stainless steel, nickel, etc. There are very specific and rigid requirements for the handling and packaging of molded parts prior to plating and with our...

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Importance of Closed Loop Water System in Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 8:34 pm in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding, South Carolina Plastic Injection Molding | Comments Off on Importance of Closed Loop Water System in Plastic Injection Molding

The injection molding process may seem simple to the casual observer. Plastic is melted to a liquid and then injected into a steel mold to create a durable part. Some not familiar with our industry may not realize that circulating water is typically applied to the mold to revert the liquid back into solid plastic. At both our California and South Carolina locations, JATCO, Incorporated, utilizes energy efficient closed-loop water systems that benefits production quality, the environment and our customer’s assets. The water we use to chill our...

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Specifying Cosmetics on Plastic Parts

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 11:56 am in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding, Production, South Carolina Plastic Injection Molding | Comments Off on Specifying Cosmetics on Plastic Parts

Did you know there is an easy and effective way to specify cosmetics on plastic parts? JATCO, Incorporated follows standardized specifications to help you define your aesthetic expectations for your new molded parts. We can help you identify primary, secondary, and non-cosmetic surfaces, and define limits for cosmetic issues such as specs and blemishes, if applicable. With our many years of experience and our sensitivity to your high- quality cosmetic needs, we can work with you to develop a comprehensive and standardized quality plan with...

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What is Mold Classification and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 11:34 pm in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding, Production | Comments Off on What is Mold Classification and Why Is It Important?

Why are some molds more expensive than others for the same part? Maybe it is because of mold classification! Mold classification determines the life span or approximate number of cycles a typical mold can last before replacement or end of life. Each mold is built to a classification standard that best suits the anticipated lifetime production requirement for the part being molded. Mold classifications range from 500 to 1 million approximate cycles/shots. It is not an exact guarantee as different molds and part design have varying complexities...

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Made In the USA Plastic Manufacturing Pays Off, BIG TIME

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 3:27 pm in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding, Production, South Carolina Plastic Injection Molding | Comments Off on Made In the USA Plastic Manufacturing Pays Off, BIG TIME

Recently many imported plastic manufactured goods have experienced a severe setback as shipping ports on both coasts haven’t been able to keep up with the large influx of cargo ships.  Inventory has been sitting on the oceanic cargo vessels while port crews work day and night dealing with a massive volume to process, at times inspect, and unload.  The notion that manufacturing plastic injection molded items overseas is the “cheapest way” to produce your inventory is turning out to be false, especially during this pandemic...

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What is Overmolding?

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 3:19 pm in California Injection Molding, Overmolding, plastic injection molding | Comments Off on What is Overmolding?

At our Modesto plastic injection molding facility we get a lot of questions from our customers and wanted to share one that about a plastic injection molding process called Over-Molding. What is Overmolding and How Does it Work? Overmolding (also known as over-molding) is a distinctive injection molding procedure that provides a unified combination of multiple materials into a single part or product. This process allows two or more components to be made / fused together. The process typically involves using an inelastic, hard plastic-based...

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What is an injection molding machine and how does it work?

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 2:35 pm in plastic injection molding | Comments Off on What is an injection molding machine and how does it work?

This is a question we hear a bit and wanted to give everyone a quick explanation of what exactly an injection molding machine is and how its capable of turning little plastic pellets into a sturdy finished product. First let’s quickly go over what injection molding process actually is. “Injection molding” is a manufacturing process where a material substance such as metal, plastic, glass, or others are heated and then fed into a mold cavity where the substrate cools and hardens in the shape of mold.  It’s a little more...

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1500-ton Injection Molding Machine

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 7:54 pm in California Injection Molding, plastic injection molding | Comments Off on 1500-ton Injection Molding Machine

JATCO, Incorporated has a wide range and depth of state-of-the-art injection molding machines that have the capabilities to create small, intricate objects that are barely visible, to large products the size of roadside garbage bins, pallets, and agricultural crates. In our Modesto facility, our largest press is 1500-tons, which is almost as big as a tractor trailer. A machine this size is unique to Northern California, especially custom molders. It is capable of manufacturing parts with dimensions up to 4 ft x 4ft and weighing up to...

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What is Injection Molding

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 3:28 pm in plastic injection molding, Production | Comments Off on What is Injection Molding

What is Injection Molding? Injection molding is a process that is used to produce both large and small volume of parts that are typically made out of plastic resin pellets that can virgin, recycled, engineered and/or compounded with biomaterials.  The process of injection molding itself is a little more complicated than what most would think, but here is a simplified version of the injection molding process: First, plastic resin used to create parts is melted by the heated barrel of injection molding machine Next, the molten material is then...

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Potential Vulnerabilities With Overseas Production

Posted by Plastic Injection News Blog on 4:17 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Potential Vulnerabilities With Overseas Production

One of the key issues that COVID-19 brought to everyone’s attention is the level of risk that’s associated with overseas manufacturing and import.  Conventional thinking reasons that overseas low wages, as well as minimal environmental regulations (and at times non-existent) will offer you very cheap manufacturing rates.  However there are big risks associated with this business model and often these risks can end up costing you more than you save.   Let’s consider the following modern day issues. Logistical Chain Involved In...

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