Plastic Injection Molding
A highly versatile process, injection molding can be used to produce caps, bottle closures, toys, and a variety of industry-specific products.
Projected Growth for Injection Molding Across Industries
Plastic injection molding is one of the leading processes used for manufacturing plastic products. Its strength lies in its ability to rapidly produce identical parts with tight tolerances and high-quality finishes. This, in combination with rapid cycle times, makes plastic injection molding equipment ideal in an output-intensive industry that requires cost-effective consistency.
According to a report by Grand View Research Inc., the global plastics injection molding industry is expected to reach $478.72 billion by 2025 and register a CAGR of 5.7%. Increased demand for plastic components from various end-use industries, including automotive, packaging, home appliance, electrical, electronics and medical devices, is anticipated to drive this growth.1
Some Key Markets for Plastic Injection Molding
On-Site Injection Molding Equipment in Applications Hall
To set our technical service team up for success, we're filling the applications hall with state-of-the-art commercial equipment. As a result, customers can work hand-in-hand with our experts on our machines to test or qualify resin without having to shut down their business’ production lines.
The application hall will have three industrial-sized KraussMaffei injection molding machines:
- a machine typically used for making buckets
- a machine that can be used to make caps and closures
- a machine for making test parts
In-House Injection Molding Expertise
Francisco Alvarez, Senior Technical Service Engineer, Blow Molding and Injection Molding
An industry veteran, Francisco is an experienced chemical engineer and a certified project management professional. He has spent over 25 years in the polymers industry, imparting technical support globally to both converters and Polypropylene and Polyethylene resin producers. He has also developed new polymer additives and formulations for PP and PE (performance enhancement and nucleating agents), for which he has received two R&D 100 Awards and several patents.
Elliot Carnavale, Technical Service Engineer, Injection Molding
A member of the Shell Polymer team since 2018, Elliot has nearly ten years of experience helping customers innovate in the injection molding, extrusion, and thermoforming industries. During this time, he focused much of his effort on customer-centric development programs, for which he was recently granted his second patent for a novel polyolefin composition. In addition to his role in supporting customers, Elliot represents Shell Polymers and supports the plastics industry through board positions with the American Injection Molding Institute, Penn State Behrend, and the Society for Plastics Engineers.
Technical Resources from Our Injection Molding Experts
There are four common defects that can occur during this production process and compromise product quality.
Keep up with consumer demand and increase output in PE Film and Injection Molding applications with these expert insights from our Polymer Pros, Dan Falla and Elliot Carnevalle.
By using simulations throughout the part design process, many injection molding companies have unlocked bottom-line value such as reduced costs, fewer iterations and faster time to market.
A priority for plastic injection molding is high-quality output and fast cycle speed, the wrong lubricant can negatively affect these.