Key Operations for Plastic Fabrication

Across various industries, plastics and polymers are used in countless applications with a broad range of complexities. Because of the prevalence of plastics in many industries, plastic fabrication has become a widespread, standardized manufacturing process that many technicians specialize in. In accordance with the rise in use of plastics in an industrial setting, the standards for quality control and the type of fabrication procedures have expanded and improved. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we provide comprehensive plastic fabrication services for the production of components and assemblies for OEMs and other customers.

 

Our plastic fabrication facilities can perform a wide range of operations, including advanced forming and specialized welding. The core operations of plastic fabrication at hand in our toolkit as a contract manufacturer include the following.

 

  • Molding: A large majority of plastic forms are shaped using molding techniques. Molding is one of the oldest forms of plastic fabrication, and today, many types of different molding techniques are available. Injection molding, compressed molding, blow molding, and rotational molding are several common types of plastic molding used in industrial facilities for varying results.
  • Welding: Plastic welding is a highly complex process that requires an understanding of the plastic type, the format of the weld, and the calibration of the welding tool. For polymers and other plastics that cannot be reliably connected with adhesives or other binding methods, welding is critical. Plastic welding techniques include hot plate welding, speed tip welding, hot gas welding, and ultrasonic welding.
  • Extrusion: Many components are made using extrusion methods. Extruded plastics are melted and forced through die systems to create seamless forms in various tube shapes and sizes. Thanks to their reliable fabrication, clean results, and fast production, plastic extrusion methods are a common and desirable manufacturing technique.
  • Forming: Plastic forming is a broad term for many different production techniques. In general, most plastic forming techniques include blending and compounding of different plastic materials, thermoforming shapes, lamination of surfaces, and plastic foaming of insulation and other free-form components.
  • Cutting: There are many common cutting, milling, and lathing techniques of plastic components. In addition to machine cutting of simple shapes, die cutting provides a method of creating more intricate forms.

 

Our plastic fabrication capabilities offer a highly comprehensive production program. Our technicians can create a broad range of simple to complex components and full assemblies. To learn more about our plastic fabrication program, contact MultiSource Manufacturing at (952) 456-5500. Request more information or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Certifications for Quality-controlled Contract Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our network of facilities manufactures custom components and assemblies for an extremely varied and wide range of industries using a broad spectrum of equipment and operations. Because of the range of our manufacturing services, quality control and safety at every step are the most critical aspects of our daily standard practices. To meet national and global standards for quality contract manufacturing and excellence of service, the MultiSource network continually works to maintain certifications annually. Our current certifications with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the SAE International meet some of the highest levels of excellence in advanced contract manufacturing and design.

 

Each of our multiple branches is certified for the specific industries it serves. For example, some branches are certified for aerospace manufacturing, while others are specialized for medical devices and equipment production. Our current ISO and SAE certifications include:

 

ISO-9001: This ISO certification is a more generalized umbrella describing the standards set for a quality management/control system for the comprehensive practices of a contract manufacturer. To qualify for this certification, our facilities and staff must show that we practice standards that offer consistent quality and long-term reliability of product, meet customer satisfactions, and stay within government and legal operation regulations. For all our facilities, the standards involved in an ISO-9001 certification are met on a daily basis in all areas of operations.

 

ISO-13485: This specific ISO certification applies directly to the production of medical devices, surgical equipment, and other medical components. It’s especially important to hold this certification for manufacturing medical equipment that could be key in saving a life or providing long-term treatment. Meeting these standards means our contract manufacturing services protect the safety above all in any medical design, fabrication, assembly, packing, and shipping.

 

AS-9100D: When it comes to aerospace and defense manufacturing, the advanced technology involved requires extremely specific design, assembly, and materials. Because of this, the SAE AS-9100D certification is key in practicing quality control and managing intelligent fabrication systems in each of our aerospace manufacturing facilities. This certification pairs with an ISO-9001quality management standardization to support the best practices possible in the production of aviation, defense, aeronautics, and space travel mechanics and equipment.

 

ISO and SAE certifications are key in maintaining standardized quality across the board for contract manufacturing in many different industries. To learn more about our custom manufacturing and the MultiSource network, contact us at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.