We have been compression molding UHMW plastic parts since 1996. We have the skills and equipment to accomplish your next compression molding project.
Our Plastic Compression Molding Capabilities:
Our compression molding shop.
Compression molded UHMW plastic parts are manufactured on compression molding presses. This is our molding shop in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Pride Solutions manufactures and markets C&A Pro high performance snowmobile skis. C&A Pro Skis are used by most professional snowmobile athletes, including Levi LaVallee. We mold the skis flat, then add the molded handles. This creates pre-loaded tension for shock absorption. C&A Pro Skis are a true testament to UHMW's durability.
We compression mold UHMW G4 Stalk Stompers for May Wes Manufacturing. We make thousands of G4 shoes every year using a multi-cavity mold. This custom UHMW compression molded part features a through feature. G4 Stalk Stompers are used by farmers to level cornstalks to prevent damage to combine tires and tracks.
UHMW can be over molded onto metal parts. Examples include UHMW poly capped elevator bolts which feature a slick and durable UHMW cap for industrial applications requiring a 100% poly surface. Our in-house CNC lathes make us a one-stop shop for turning metal and overmolding it with UHMW for a slick and durable finish.
UHMW Skid Shoes are compression molded in our Hutchinson, Minnesota compression molding shop, including UHMW molded cutterbar skid shoes for MacDon, Case IH & New Holland grain heads. Farmers use UHMW Poly Skid shoes to increase the efficiency of their operations and protect equipment.
The benefits of compression molding plastic parts:
Molding May Wes G4 Stalk Stompers with Zach Johnson, the Minnesota Millennial Farmer
The compression molding process is suitable for a wide range of engineered plastics and composites. At Pride Solutions, we specialize in compression molding Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE). We have 50+ years of experience working with UHMW.
Injection molding and compression molding are similar advanced molding processes that are used to create countless plastic products and parts.
Compression molding uses heat, pressure and time to force thermoset or thermoplastic polymers into the mold cavity to form a part in the shape of the cavity. Compression molding features a precision machined two-part metal tool that is placed in a vertical hydraulic press and heated. Resin, typically in powder form, is poured inside the mold cavity. The tool is then compressed at very high pressure for a set period of time, until it cools and the cured plastic part is removed. The compression molding operator then inspects the parts and removes resin flash around the edge of the part with a hand tool.
Injection molding is a high-volume and highly repeatable plastic parts manufacturing process that produces a wide variety of thermoplastic and thermoset parts.
Plastic injection molding involves heating and injecting melted resin into a mold cavity under high pressure until it is full. The mold, which is typically precision machined from steel or aluminum, is then cooled and the finished parts are released. An injection molding machine features a clamp unit and an injection unit. The clamp holds the mold closed while the resin is injected at high pressure by the injection unit. Examples of injected molded plastics include countless household items such as plastic bottles, TV remotes and toys; numerous plastic automotive components such as automotive intake valves, plastic bumpers, and automotive interior components; commercial products such as electronic housings, equipment housings and machine components; and dozens of plastic agricultural parts such as poly pickup bands for hay balers and drainage filter risers.
Pride Solutions offers in-house compression molding and thermoforming services, and has access to quality injection molding services and injection molded plastic parts through our supplier network.
Compression molding and injection molding both have their place. Compression molding often is used to manufacture larger flat or curved plastic parts that require repeatability and durability, or complicated parts that require features like holes. It is best used for parts that need to be manufactured at high volume because the initial investment in the mold is expensive, but the cost of the parts is low when manufactured in high volume. Whereas, highly complex parts and parts that require mass production such as electronic casings, car parts, and plastic bottles are better suited for injection molding. Many of the household plastic items you use every day were manufactured using these processes.
Examples of Parts Suitable for Compression Molding
This is determined by the ROI of the compression molding tool. Generally, if you require thousands of plastic parts, compression molding would be more suitable. Our sales team will help determine the most effective process for your application.
Compression molding is suitable for high volume runs of plastic parts. If you need prototype plastic parts please reach out to us.
We can often use our customers' existing molds. When we can't, our engineering team will work with you to have new molds made.
We compression mold thousands of May Wes G4 Stalk Stomper shoes every year. This UHMW part features a through feature and raised logo.
We manufacture C&A Pro snowmobile skis! Watch how Nick makes custom skis using different colors of UHMW resin.
Poly capped elevator bolts are made by overmolding UHMW resin onto a bolt head. Order Poly Capped Bolts
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