by Chris Devers
An Insight into the World of Plastics Fabrications
Plastics are used in the manufacture of thousands of things these days. Take a look around your home and you will be surprised at how many items have made by the plastic fabrication process.
Your plumbing system, your children’s toys, the interior of your refrigerator, your kitchen gadgets, baby equipment, gardening equipment and components in your car or motorcycle – many of these things will have been made by the plastics fabrications process.
So what does it actually mean and what is involved? The term is really used to describe any of the processes which are involved during the manipulation of any plastics in the pursuit of a wide variety of end results. Plastic fabrication is usually done by a specialist company which exists solely for the purpose of handling plastics and creating everyday plastic products.
These companies will usually work with large quantities of plastics and heavy plant machinery in order to keep the costs down and for convenience, after all plastic fabricating units are not cheap and do need to be fully utilized in order to make the substantial financial investment cost effective.
Some plastic fabrication companies make products by manipulating the raw materials. Something like a toy manufacturer will use a significant quantity of plastic in their production. Many modern toys are made entirely from plastics and can be manufactured in their entirety by this process.
Other products are made up from many different components, only some of which can be manufactured using the plastic fabrication process. One example of this may be the screws, casings, fixtures or fittings of other products. This type of work may be done in a small scale at a factory which produces the remainder of the product or indeed outsourced to a company which specializes in the fabrication of plastics.
In some cases the company which needs the fabricated parts may make up a prototype in their own workshops before sending the completed design for mass production at a lower cost than they could produce it for themselves.
The world of plastics fabrications is extremely competitive with many companies specializing in particular products or types of product for a particular sector. Whether it is the filler cap for the petrol tank on your car or the trainer cup your toddler uses to learn how to drink unaided without spilling juice everywhere these items have all been made using the same general process.
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