Injection moulding continues to form the core of its services but APL also provides a diverse range of complementary services that ensure customers can achieve a finalised product that exceeds their expectations in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Automatic Plastic’s extensive experience means they can provide comprehensive consultancy services. Within the provision of consultancy services activities such as advising customers on the design of a new tool, detailing costs of business plans and project feasibility may be included.
Enabling customers to work with APL from the early stages of a project and tap into their experience design and mould flow analysis services can result in significant efficiencies and cost savings as a project progresses. APL can ensure manufacturing best practices are implemented and tooling costs are reduced. By considering the potential for longer term engagement early on in the design process significant cost savings can be made. Even very small changes in tooling design can translate to substantial efficiencies in production and cost.
Insert moulding and 2 Shot moulding add significantly to the possibilities of the injection moulding process. Insert moulding allows for the insertion of metal or plastic components into the product during the moulding process. With such insertions products can be strengthened in key areas or can be made to better connect to other components made from different materials. This can substantially improve the functionality of the product.
2 Shot Moulding allows for 2 separate plastic injections to occur within the same moulding process. These can be of two different types of plastic or plastics of two different colours. Not only does this provide much greater variability of final products but it also provides greater efficiency by having both injections occur within the same moulding.
Component assembly services can mean even greater efficiencies and cost savings for customers. Rather than transporting finished components from APL and other suppliers to third party assembly plants secondary products can be delivered to APL for assembly by an experienced team of manual workers.