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U.S. Trade Representative removes 25% tariff exclusion for injection molds.

In response to inquiries for information on the mold tariffs set to expire December 28, 2019, I wanted to make everyone aware that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will publish today, December 23, a formal notice that it will not extend the exclusion from 25 percent tariffs for Chinese plastic injection molds granted on December 28, 2018. See letter from Manufactures Association of Plastics Professionals.

Considering efficient and cost-effective options to bring plastic products to market.

Texas Injection Molding recently launched a new platform for assisting companies in the product development lifecycle. The website can be found at Texasprototype. The following article published in 3D Printing Today describes the process and strategy to efficiently bring products from prototype to production.

We are grateful for our partnership with the Houston Community College and the Texas Workforce Commission to help TXIM provide customized training for our talented team!

Plastics, Environment, Recycling and Truth

Be informed. Listen to this pragmatic presentation that seeks to bring a measure of truth to the discussion on the impact of plastics to the environment. The debate needs this practical sense of reality of the responsibility we all bear as consumers of resources on this planet.

Jeff Applegate’s Keynote speech, The State of Houston Manufacturing, at the Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference October 9, 2018

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Congratulations 2018 Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners!

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Team TXIM Community Service at The Houston Food Bank

A great time was had by all serving at the Houston Food Bank.  We joined 600 other volunteers to pack meals for Houston kids, elderly, and families over the weekend.  We were so impressed by the organization and efficient use of the volunteers.  The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. America’s largest and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Food Bank distributes 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.  

Dr. Richard Nongard Interviews Jeff Applegate

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Texas Injection Molding Completes IQMS ERP Implementation

IQMS ERP System

What is IQMS ERP? The operational heart to any manufacturing organization is the Enterprise Resource Planning system. The ERP system records and manages customer, vendor, inventory, mold, machine and accounting data. If you have been in business in the last 20 years you have been through these implementations and have experienced nightmares or amazing productivity improvements. IQMS is the established industry leader in ERP systems for the injection molding industry.

Why is it important? We like many small – mid sized businesses depend on a few Super Heros to remember all the details and get things done. As the business grows the few Super Heros can only handle so much and the business stalls or service suffers. A good ERP system will allow a business to scale because it defines and manages processes and data. “Tribal knowledge” can be captured, managed and maintained along with automating the daily material and machine planning that consumed the day of key resources. IQMS frees up key people to apply their time and talents to higher level activities to improve quality and service to our customers.

How will it help me? Improved standards for managing data combined with real time connectivity to production is providing more timely and accurate access to information and better service to our customers and vendors. Eliminating redundant data entry and automating material planning is resulting in improved consistency and quality to our customers and vendors. Automated custom reporting will allow routine information to be scheduled and delivered to our partners before needing to ask.

Injection Molded Composites Outperform Thermoset Composites on Price and Performance

Engineering polymersTexas Injection Molding is advancing significant cost savings and improved production rates to product applications previously limited to thermoset composites, aluminum or steel.

Thermoset Materials:  Thermoset materials combine reactive materials and a catalyst such as heat to begin a process of curing that takes several minutes to complete.  Once cured thermoset materials will not soften like thermoplastic materials.  Glass or other additive materials are combined with the thermoset material to create end products that are extremely strong and can withstand continuous use in high temperatures.  Production output is limited by the reaction and curing time of the thermoset resin.  Typically, the resin is produced in stock shapes and subsequently machined to the required part geometry.  The secondary machining adds expense and further adds to lead time and throughput.

Compression Molding:  Compression molding is a manufacturing process that allows the thermoset material in a paste form to be “compressed” under pressure at high temperatures that serve as the catalyst.  The compression molding process eliminates most if not all of the secondary machining steps, but is still limited by the reaction and curing time of the thermoset materials.  Mult-cavity molds can offset this reaction time to improve efficiency, but does not come close to the efficiencies of injection molding.

Injection Molding:  Recent development in thermoplastic resin technology and advanced glass characteristics have opened the door for injection molding to fill the requirements of applications traditionally serviced by thermoset composites, aluminum and steel.  End use customers are developing opportunities to take advantage of the high-volume throughput (reduced production lead-times), lower weight, and lower cost that injection molding thermoplastic composites provide.

Illustration:  Relative performance of materials.  60% GF Nylon 66 is a specialty engineering grade glass filled Nylon 66 injection molding designed to outperform other injection molding grade thermoplastic composites to reduce cost and lead time of machined materials.  

Properties 60% GF Nylon Standard 50% GF PA66 (1) Aluminum 6061-T6 AISI 1020 Steel Glass/Epoxy Prepreg (2)
Density (g/cc) 1.79 1.57 2.7 7.8 1.79
Tensile Strength (mPa) 270 240 276 yield 200-2100 yield 402
Tensile Modulus (mPa) 22,500 17,000 68,900 200,000 23,900
Tensile Elongation (%) 1-3 2.4 12 15 0.8-1

Conclusions:

  • 60% GF Nylon offers equivalent properties of metal at a fraction of their density
    • 30%+ lighter parts than metallic equivalent components
    • Can be molded to final shape to eliminate machining costs
    • Much lower cost processing vs glass/epoxy prepreg
  • 60% GF Nylon offers increased properties vs. competitive PA66 grades
    • Equivalent stiffness of glass/epoxy prepregs at a fraction of final part cost

 

**Table data and analysis provided by Composite Techs LLC http://www.compositetechs.com/