Category Archives: Plastic Molding

Aerospace Relies on Injection Molding

Plastics are one of the few materials that work for both the outside and inside of an aircraft. Many industries rely on the durability and versatility of injection molded plastics, but perhaps none as much as the aerospace industry where the materials involved must withstand high forces and extreme temperatures all in the name...
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Why Plastic Injection Molding is Efficient

At Harkness Industries, we understand that decisions around your plastic needs often involve more than just the ability to output a finished product. Sometimes, knowing which process can be quicker, uses less material, or outputs a more consistent piece is what contributes to the ultimate choice. If you're considering plastic injection molding, here are...
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Altering Cast Polyurethane

  While casting provides the products you need, sometimes secondary machining activities are required in order to get the polyurethane elements into just the right place and in the right working order. Hard urethanes (90 Shore A and up) are fairly easy to machine.   The key is to rely on a plastics expert who understands the machinability...
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Molding – Understanding the Difference Between Injection and Cast

Your project is unique to your needs and determining which process to use comes down to a few key differences in the production processes between urethane cast molding and injection molding. First, let's consider the similarities: Both processes allow for a multitude of colors, soft or rigid durometeres and the ability to "wrap" or cast around...
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What is Profile Extrusion?

  Harkness Industries produces several resins suitable for profile extrusion. The extrusion process for profiles is similar to sheet extrusion. The resin is fed into an extruder which melts the material and forces it through a die that gives it the desired shape. Additional processing is necessary to give the extruded profile its final contours. Profiles may...
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Harkness February News Update

We hope your February is off to a great start. We have a few exciting updates to bring you this month, so let's get to it! First, we would like to welcome Tim Emerson to the team as our Controller. Tim brings with him experience in strategic planning, operations management, as well as financial analysis and...
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The Pros and Cons of Cold vs. Hot Runner Molds

Every plastic part starts in a mold.   Molds are classified into two main types, cold runner and hot runner.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.   Your plastic injection molder will be able to give you the costs and benefits of using these different systems.  However, by understanding the key differences of these technologies, you...
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Rethinking Mass Production: How 3D Printing Is Changing Manufacturing

How can 3D printing help change the way we think about mass production and injection molding? How is helping change the way we think about prototyping and creating new ideas? Here we look at the basic tenets of mass production and how technology is changing the marketplace. It’s a basic tenet of mass production: Making things...
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