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Adding value upfront with DFM

For many types of engineered products, the sooner you can discover and solve design and manufacturability problems, the better. Nowhere is this more true than in plastic injection molding. High-quality molded parts require a perfect synergy between part design, mold design, and molding processes. That’s why New Berlin Plastics conducts a preliminary design for manufacturability…

NBP’s precision approach to traceability and recordkeeping

Traceability and recordkeeping are essential elements of modern plastic injection molding operations. Rigorous data collection and analysis ensure the molder can quickly respond to part quality issues by tracing root causes and taking steps to ensure they won’t happen again. The best possible scenario is a plastic injection molder that operates at this level of…

12 rules of thumb for successful part design

Designing parts for plastic injection molding requires a delicate balance of functionality, quality, and cost. Fortunately, part designers, molders, and material providers have distilled many years of experience into a set of design guidelines. These rules of thumb lead to higher-quality parts that are easier to produce. Most importantly, they can help you to avoid…

Why invite your molder earlier into your product development process?

Want to increase the odds of success for your new product development project? One of the most effective ways to do that is to engage your plastic injection molder earlier in your product development process.

Designing effectively with plastics

What do you need to know to successfully design and produce high-quality, highly-engineered plastic parts? Here are five inter-related variables you need to keep in mind: part design, material selection, mold design, molding presses and production processes. The right combination of them can increase your odds of success with your next plastic injection molding project.…

New Berlin Plastics Joins MaskForce Initiative

Recently, a consortium of Milwaukee-area manufacturers teamed up to help alleviate the shortage of face masks that hospital workers desperately need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This group, which calls itself MaskForce, has designed, developed and produced a reusable face mask with easily changed filter media.

Infographic: 4 Aspects to Eliminating Cosmetic Defects in Plastic Parts

Many different cosmetic defects can make plastic parts unsuitable for use. Weld lines, small scuff marks, and other issues may not detract from part performance, but consumers won’t want to purchase a product that has visible imperfections. Overcoming these cosmetic defects, then, is just as important as dealing with other issues.

[Infographic] 9 boss design tips for plastic parts

Bosses are protruding features on parts. They are frequently used as a point of attachment or assembly. Often, they are designed as cylindrical projections with holes that are designed to accept screws, threaded inserts or other types of fastening hardware. Because bosses are often subjected to loadings not encountered in other sections of a component,…

[Infographic] How Plastic Injection Molders Achieve Uniform Wall Thickness

If you look closely at any plastic injection-molded product — be it a toothbrush holder, electric razor housing, or phone case — you’ll notice how their walls are all relatively uniform. Achieving uniform wall thickness is one of the fundamental concepts of plastic injection molding. Ignoring it can result in sinking, warping, and even dysfunctional…

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