Capabilities

Package Development

Research & Development

Plastek’s Research and Development personnel are constantly innovating new products through a multi step creative process. New designs are continually being invented for the company’s extensive inventory of stock products.

Plastek’s R&D personnel are committed to provide consistent critical expertise to all aspects of each customer’s development project.

Product Development

• Research / Information gathering

– existing products, new technologies, assist in defining product with customer.

• Concept development

– mechanical/cosmetic/ergonomic etc.

• Assembly and 3D model development.

• Rapid prototype – SLS/SLA/FDM etc.

• Design/engineer for assembly and manufacture.

• Engineering completed during prototyping is applied to the production tool making phase to ensure minimal lead times and tooling costs.

The Team

The disciplines represented by Plastek’s R&D personnel are wide ranging. Project management, product engineering, Injection molding, plant engineering, product cost studies, industrial design, and high level communication skill are all key parts of the repertoire.

The Steps

Research

The R&D process starts with the gathering of information and formulation of project objectives.

Shape & Functionality

Concept Phase

The next step is the creative ideation process.

Shape & Functionality

Detail Design Mechanical Engineering

Once a design direction is selected the detail aspects of the design are worked out. The renderings are presented to the customer’s marketing and management personnel for critique.

Integrity for molding, assembly methods and equipment, material specifications, fits and seals, tolerances, functionality of the mechanical aspect of the product and color and finishes are all addressed.

Model Development Presentation

Working models are created to verify the assumptions and decisions made in the previous steps. Often these models are used by the Customer’s package engineering and marketing people during marketplace studies such as focus groups.

Integrity for molding, assembly methods and equipment, material specifications, fits and seals, tolerances, functionality of the mechanical aspect of the product and color and finishes are all addressed.

Plastek Technology Summary

Creo 5.0 ptc

Plastek has been using Creo (ProE) for more than 20 years. There is connectivity from industrial design to tool manufacturing using Creo’s moldsplit and ProManufactuing functions.

Functionality

CAD software used from project inception to completion

Benefits

All CAD is linked allowing for increased efficiencies and faster response times

Fusion 360

Used as a preliminary test before Ansys or Abaqus is used to reduce number of iterations in that software

FEM Cooling allows for full 3D waterlines to be used but there needs to be a model, using Fusion will simplify this process

Generative Design is available through fusion and will be covered during training.

Functionality

CAD translation / Simple FEA / Generative Design

Benefits

Easier transition between engineering software

Luxion Keyshot 8

Rendering software used for photo realistic images to convey shelf appearance

Used to animate assembly / functional use to convey more detailed information

Functionality

Rendering / Animation software

Benefits

Produce photo realistic images and animations to convey shelf impression

Simulia Abaqus 2019

Abaqus purchased December 2018. Abaqus is a stress analysis software that can help predict problem areas in a part design and allow for modifications before a single real part is made.

6 – 7 engineers are learning to use software and incorporate Abaqus in the design process

Main users:
RD for part design finalization
Mold Design for tooling concerns

Functionality

FEA simulation

Benefits

Designs can be evaluated and refined before prototype / pilot tool phases

Autodesk Moldflow 2019

Software has been in use since 2010

Currently used from job to job basis
Plan in place to begin implementing full FEM analysis on all new projects

Will be used in conjunction with other software that are being purchased

Functionality

Mold filling simulation

Benefits

Designs can be evaluated and refined before prototype / pilot tool phases

Stratasys

Plastek is currently building a prototype mold to build 3D design cavity and core for quick turn around.

Plastek is working on 3D printing with labels to show on market components
Plastek is currently capable of printing 3 different colors
Plastek is connected with a supplier that can print market similar designs.

Plastek is able to print over molded, soft touch and multi color components.

Functionality

3D printer

Benefits

Samples can be produced in house for evaluation in hours instead of days

Sites

Contact Us

814.878.4400

info@plastekgroup.com

For employment inquiries

hr@plastekgroup.com

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