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   Blow Molding       Blow molding is similar to injection molding except that hot liquid plastic comes out of a barrel vertically, in a hollow molten tube or "parison." The mold close on it and compressed air blows up the parison like a balloon, forcing it outward to conform to the inside shape of the mold. After cooling, a hollow part emerges. Typically used for jars, bottles, containers etc. Part prices are generally higher than injection molded parts, but lower than rotationally molded parts. Tooling costs are moderately expensive. 
   Compression Molding       A slug of hard plastic is pressed between 2 heated mold halves. This is generally done with vertical presses as opposed to the horizontal presses used for injection and blow molding. After being formed, the part is air-cooled. Both tooling and piece part prices are moderate. 
   Dip Molding       A process similar to hot dip coating, in which the finished product is the fused plastisol stripped from the dipped mold. Dip molding is used to produce such parts as gloves, grips, and protective caps. 
   Film Insert Molding (FIM)       A special process to permanently embed an image beneath the surface of a molded part.  In the Film Insert Molding (FIM) process, a material such as a film or a fabric is inserted into a mold, and then plastic material is injected into the mold to make the part. 
   Gas Injection Molding (GIM)       Gas Injection Molding (GIM) can be used to produce plastic parts with hollow interiors.  In gas injection molding, a partial shot of plastic is followed by high-pressure gas to fill the mold cavity with plastic.  Also called Gas Assist Molding. 
   Injection Blow Molding       Injection blow molding is a two-stage process where the molten plastic is first injected into a preform mold and then blown into the blow mold. 
   Reaction Injection Molding (RIM)       In the Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) process two or more reactive chemicals are mixed at high speed as they are being injected into a mold. This is a low temperature process that typically takes under a minute, including mixing, curing, and demolding. 
   Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)       Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) is a liquid molding process that is commonly used for the aerospace and automotive industries.  In the RTM process, a resin is mixed with a hardener and then injected at low pressure into a mold containing dry fibers.  The part must cure for several hours at room temperature before it is removed from the mold. 
   Rotational Molding       Hollow molds filled with powdered plastic are secured to pipe-like spokes that extend from a central hub. The molds rotate or tumble on separate axes at once. The hub swings the entire mold into an enclosed furnace room that causes the powder to melt and stick to the insides of the tools. With the molds still tumbling slowly, the tools swing into a cooling room where sprayed water causes the plastic to harden into a hollow part. Low tooling costs and high piece prices are typical of this process. Cycle times average around 40-45 minutes. 
   Structural Foam Molding       Structural Foam Molding is a type of injection molding process commonly used for parts that require thicker walls than standard injection molding.  Introducing a small amount of nitrogen or chemical blow agent into the plastic material allows for the creation of the thicker walls.  Foaming occurs as the melted plastic material enters the mold cavity.  A thin plastic skin forms and solidifies along the mold wall and supports the interior cellular foam on the inside.  Structural Foam Molding can be used with any thermoplastic that can be injection molded. 
   Thermoplastic Injection Molding       This is perhaps the most widely used of all plastic processing methods. The injection molding machine reduces pelletized raw material and colorant into a hot liquid. This "melt" is forced into a cooled mold under tremendous pressure. After the material solidifies, the mold is unclamped and a finished part is ejected. Injection molding offers the lowest piece prices available, but tooling prices are generally the highest. 
   Thermoset Cast       Thermoset polymers decompose rather than melt when heated and, once set into a final shape, do not flow. Because this class of materials does not shrink significantly during molding, large cross sections can be molded without causing warping or sinking problems, as occurs in thermoplastic molding.  In the thermoset cast molding process, liquid material is poured into an open mold. 
   Thermoset Injection Molding       Similar to thermoplastic injection molding except uncured thermoset resins are mixed, injected, and held in the mold until cured. After the material solidifies, the mold is unclamped and a finished part is ejected. Injection molding offers the lowest piece prices available, but tooling prices are generally the highest. 
   Thermoforming (Vacuum or Pressure)       Sheets of pre-extruded rigid plastic are heated horizontally and sucked down into hollow one-piece tools. After the hot plastic solidifies again, its shape conforms to that of the mold. Trimming is usually necessary to put the part in final form. Vacuum forming is done at atmospheric pressure (14.2 psi). A variation of this process, pressure forming, incorporates the use of a pressure box built around the tool which increases the pressures far beyond atmospheric. Greater surface definition in parts can therefore be achieved. Tooling costs are generally low and piece prices can vary depending on machinery. 
   Vacuum Assist Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)       Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) is an infusion process where a vacuum draws a resin into a one-sided mold.  A cover, or bag, is placed over the top of the resin to form a vacuum-tight seal, and then the vacuum is applied, drawing the resin into the mold.  Also referred to as Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) molding. 
   Vacuum Bag Molding       Vacuum Bag Molding, or Bag Molding, is a process in which a sheet of flexible transparent material (bag), bleeder cloth, and release film are placed over the lay-up on a mold and sealed on the edges.  The vacuum is applied between the sheet and the lay-up, removing the trapped air.  The part is then cured with temperature, temperature, and time. 
   Vacuum Forming       Vacuum Forming begins with a thermoplastic sheet that heated to form a drape and is then drawn over or into the mold, assisted by vacuum holes in the mold, to impart the desired shape of the part. Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) is an infusion process where a vacuum draws a resin into a one-sided mold.  A cover, or bag, is placed over the top of the resin to form a vacuum-tight seal, and then the vacuum is applied, drawing the resin into the mold. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary molding process. 
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   Clean Room Molding       Clean room molding describes a molding process that takes place within a certified cleanroom. 
   Insert Molding / Overmolding       Supplier is capable of producing parts that either require molded inserts, typically metallic, or use an injection molding process to mold over another material or solid object.     
   Large Part Molding       Supplier has capabilities to mold large parts. 
   Micro Molding       Micro molding serves a variety of industries including medical, automotive, and consumer electronics by utilizing specialty miniature molding machines to produce very small (typically <2 grams) parts. 
   Reel to Reel Molding       Suppliers capable of molding continues strip of parts. Typically done to assist in material handling and automation. 
   Two-shot Injection Molding       Only applicable to Injection Molding, it produces a part with two different raw materials or colors in a single operation. The machine has two injection units: one vertical and one horizontal. By using a rotating mold, the machine automatically produces a substrate of one resin or color and overmolds the part with the second resin or color. Due to moving parts, tooling is expensive, but piece part prices can be low. 
   Prototype / Market Entry Molding       Supplier can create prototypes to lend substance to ideas or investigate true manufacturing costs. 
   Low Volume Production (Short Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing low volume production runs; typically means a production run time of less than one week. 
   High Volume Production (Long Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing high volume production runs; typically means a production run time of over one week. 
   Assembly Services       Supplier provides secondary operations and assembly services such as electro-mechanical assemblies, ultrasonic and heat welding, printing, painting, bonding, and machining. 
   Tool / Mold Making       Suppliers have in-house expertise and a tool shop to create molding / tooling necessary for production. 
   Bonding       Supplier has capabilities to bond the molded material to metals, wood, plastics, or other substrates. 
   Design Assistance       With design assistance, suppliers can assist with concepts, manufacturing costs, manufacturing techniques and material considerations. Suppliers may also be able to assist in upgrading or redesigning, re-evaluating or modernizing existing products to increase performance and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Some suppliers offer material sourcing and CAD modeling as well. 
   Graphics       Supplier can mold-in or mold-on graphics, such as company logos, warning labels, and instructions.  Mold-in graphics is a method of incorporating a decal into a molded part.   The decal is applied to the mold surface and becomes integral to the molded component.  Mold-on graphics can be applied after the part is molded. 
   Hot Stamping Services       Supplier can perform Hot Stamping for molded parts. 
   Just-In-Time Capability       Supplier has Just-In-Time manufacturing capability of parts in order to reduce need for inventory maintenance. 
   Machining       Machining is the removal of material through milling, turning, drilling, and other processes. 
   Packaging / Shipping       Supplier provides packaging and shipping capabilities including bulk shipment to facility for further processing or final packaging and shipping of product or device directly to the individual end customer. 
   Custom Compounding       Molder has the capability of preparing plastic formulations by mixing or/and blending polymers and additives. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary service. 
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Industry
           
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   Aerospace       Aerospace manufacturing is a high technology industry that produces "aircraft, guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft engines, propulsion units, and related parts," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States website. Most of the industry is geared toward governmental work. For each original equipment manufacturer (OEM), the U.S. government has assigned a CAGE code. These codes help to identify each manufacturer, repair facilities, and other critical after-market vendors in the aerospace industry. 
   Agricultural / Forestry       Companies and organizations that produce, grow, raise, harvest, process, store, market, and/or sell food, and other crops and livestock. 
   Appliances       Companies that produce commercial appliances. 
   Automotive       The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. 
   Biotechnology       Biotechnology is any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use 
   Building and Construction       In the fields of architecture and civil engineering, construction is a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure. 
   Chemicals / Materials       Companies that manufacture and/or distribute chemicals, including basic, intermediate, and specialty chemicals; petrochemicals; plastic resins and materials used in synthetic fibers; agrochemicals; and paints and coatings. 
   Computer       Companies that design and manufacture personal and large-scale computers, peripheral devices, data storage systems, networking equipment, point-of-sale (POS) devices, automated teller machines (ATMs), and other computer-based systems. 
   Consumer       Companies that design, manufacture, and/or market apparel, cleaning products, hand and power tools, home furniture, housewares, linens, and consumer electronics and appliances. 
   Education       The education industry produces products and services that both complement and supplement basic education services. 
   Electrical / Electronics       Companies that design, manufacture, and/or distribute electronic devices and equipment including semiconductors; semiconductor materials and production machinery; test, measurement, and inspection equipment; scientific and technical instruments; and electrical and electronic components such as connectors and display devices. Also includes contract electronics manufacturers. 
   Environment       Companies that provide waste collection, waste treatment and disposal, recycling, remediation, environmental engineering, and environmental consulting services, and/or provide purification and filtration technology and equipment, industrial air filters, and pollution control systems. 
   Food and Beverage       Companies that process, manufacture, distribute, market, and/or sell foodstuffs for human consumption. Companies that produce, market, and bottle alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks, juices, energy/sports drinks, water, coffee, and tea. 
   General Industrial       Companies that manufacture and/or distribute goods for industrial use, including construction equipment, heavy machinery, paper, and packaging. 
   Government       Government agencies or government-related establishments (non-military). 
   Marine       The marine industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of commercial ships and pleasure boats. 
   Medical       Companies that develop, manufacture, market, and/or distribute health-related products or provide health care services, such as hospitals, nursing homes, HMOs, medical product suppliers, medical equipment and medical device makers, and medical laboratories. 
   Metals and Mining       Companies that explore for, develop, mine, extract, quarry, and/or process valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein or (coal) seam. 
   Military / Law Enforcement       Companies that manufacture and/or distribute defense products and/or provide defense services. 
   Packaging       Manufacturers of packaging equipment and supplies. 
   Petroleum / Oil & Gas       The petroleum industry includes the global processes of exploration, extraction, refining, transporting (often by oil tankers and pipelines), and marketing petroleum products. 
   Pharmaceutical       Companies that research, develop, produce, and sell chemical or biological substances for medical or veterinary use, including prescription, generic and OTC drugs; vitamins and nutritional supplements; drug delivery systems and diagnostic substances; and related products, equipment, and services, including distribution and wholesale. 
   Pulp and Paper       The pulp and paper industry plays a large role in the production of pulp and its derived paper products in a great number of countries. 
   Rail / Mass Transit       Companies that manufacture and/or distribute locomotives, and provide services to the railroad industry. 
   Telecommunications       Companies that design, manufacture, market, and distribute equipment for long-distance, local, and corporate telecommunications networks. Companies that provide voice, data, and video communications services. 
   Transportation Services       Companies that provide transportation of passengers and freight, arrange for transportation of freight, and manage transportation infrastructure. 
   Utilities       Companies that provide energy products, including crude oil, natural gas, and refined petroleum; utility services, including the generation of electricity, the transmission and distribution of electricity, natural gas, and water; and/or the marketing and trading of energy commodities. 
   Other       Other unlisted industry type. 
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   North America       Companies are located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 
   United States Only       Companies are located in the United States. 
   Northeast US Only       Companies are located in the Northeast United States, namely Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 
   Southern US Only       Companies are located in the Southern United States, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. 
   Southwest US Only       Companies are located in the Southwest United States, namely Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 
   Northwest US Only       Companies are located in the Northwest United States, namely Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. 
   Midwest US Only       Companies are located in the Midwest United States, namely Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
   Canada Only       Companies are located in Canada. 
   South / Central America Only       Companies have facilities in South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, or Chile; or in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. 
   Europe Only       Companies are located in Europe, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, etc. 
   South Asia Only       Companies are located in South Asia, namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. 
   Near East Only       Companies are located in the Near East, namely Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. 
   East Asia / Pacific Only       Companies are located in East Asia, namely China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 
   Oceania Only       Companies are located in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and a large group of South Pacific islands that include Micronesia, Polynesia, Guam, Fiji, Tonga, etc.  
   Africa Only       Companies are located in sub-Saharan Africa. 
   Other       Other unlisted country or region. 
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