It’s difficult to look in any direction at home, in your car, on vacation, or just shopping without seeing injection molded parts of plastic in some form. Durable, versatile, and comparatively lightweight, plastics are not only more practical than other materials but are easily recycled and reused. Molded plastics serve a range of roles in our modern lives, everywhere in consumer products, aerospace, construction, medical devices, plumbing, and packaging.
In the automotive industry, plastic injection molded parts have become indispensable.
Injection Molded Parts We Use Every Day
At the end of a hard day, you arrive at your driveway in your auto surrounded by a molded plastic dashboard, vents, and a myriad of other injection molded plastic parts. You walk into your home, nudging aside the plastic toys that litter the sidewalk. Opening the door, you flip the molded plastic light switch, then retrieve a cold soft drink with a plastic bottle and lid, and finally, head into your den to put your favorite injection-molded CD into the player consisting of more injection molded plastic. Time to relax and check your emails on your plastic covered personal computer.
Automotive Uses for Injection Molded Plastics
Injection-molded parts have been a major contributor to reducing the overall weight of automobiles and trucks. This weight reduction has contributed significantly to the overall cut in fuel consumed per vehicle.
In the latest models, the typical automobile carries over 300 pounds of plastic materials in the seats, dashboards, vents, bumpers, and engine parts.
The same fuel-saving motivation has driven innovation in the airliners developed in the last 20 years. The latest Boeing 787 principally uses composite materials along with a significant amount of injection molded plastics to reduce the aircraft’s weight per passenger to an all-time low.
Advantages of Injection Molded Plastics
Ten reasons why injection molded plastics are replacing other materials in manufacturing are they are:
- Less Expensive and Less Labor Required to Manufacture
- Allow for Perfectly Matched Colors
- Easily Recycled and Reused
- Formable into Precise Detail
- Foodsafe and More Practical than Paper, Glass, or Metal
- Weather Resistant
Greenleaf Industries: A Leader in Custom Plastic Injection Molded Parts
GreenLeaf Industries, located in Lenoir TN, has been a producer of high-quality plastic injection molding products since 1999. Their dedication to quality, timeliness, and price has fueled notable growth in less than two decades. Currently, GreenLeaf works with companies across the nation to supply diverse industries with highly functional, top-quality products and components for manufacturing as well as injection molded products for consumer use.
Major automobile manufacturers depend on precision plastic injection molded products to produce many of the thousands of individual components that make up high-quality new cars and trucks. Here’s a list of some of the plastic parts that GreenLeaf manufactures components for world-class companies like Honda, Toyota, Acura, and Dometic, a manufacturer of mobile homes and RVs.
- Oven and Range Knobs
- Automotive Trays and Lids
- Transmission Caps
And, if you happen to be in Dollywood, you can enjoy a beverage served in a plastic injection molded boot, custom-made for the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge TN.
Critical Elements of Custom Plastic Injection Molding
One of the great qualities of custom injection molded plastic products is that just about anything can be produced and duplicated. The three key elements of successful injection molded plastic product manufacturing are:
Everything begins with precision design and engineering. Understanding exactly what the customer needs and designed to precision is the only way to give a client what they need. In manufacturing, there is zero-tolerance for error, and the plastic components must be produced exactly to specification time-after-time without deviation.
Manufacturers and other clients rely on having the right product in place at the right time. Missed deliveries result in expensive delays. Companies like GreenLeaf Industries, suppliers to Honda, Toyota, and Acura, realize that even a single out-of-stock part can cost the client millions of dollars in production delays. “100% on time every time” is GreenLeaf Industries’ motto.
Keeping costs in line is a fundamental component of the customers’ bottom line. The global marketplace is competitive, and GreenLeaf’s commitment to U.S.-production requires that all injection molded parts must be held in line in light of lower labor costs from Asia and Mexico.
Efficiency is the key.