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Plastic Extrusion Services

Plastic Extrusion Services
Plastic Extrusion Services

Plastic is one of the most versatile manufacturing materials available for industrial, commercial, and consumer goods. Plastic extrusion is an equally versatile manufacturing method used to create precisely shaped goods and parts. During this process, manufacturers melt plastic flakes, granules, pellets, or powders into a liquid. Then, a gravity feed system forces the plastics through a die, down the extrusion line where it is cooled and formed into intended shape.

Plastic extrusion facilitates high-volume production of plastic goods in continuous processes that require a consistent cross-section. These applications include profiles, rods, and tubing, which can be cut to size after the material is forced into the right shape. For example, plastic extrusion processes form poly siphon tubes for hydroponics, irrigation, and agriculture.

Benefits and Capabilities of the Plastic Extrusion Process

Plastic extrusion can create long profiles or lengths of material with a consistent cross-section. That means the process can quickly create high-quality products requiring two-dimensional specifications.

The extrusion process works with a wide variety of thermoplastics and finishing processes can coil, cut, notch, or punch the material to meet specific design requirements. While the plastic extrusion process sounds simple, it is used to create complex products like medical tubing.

Inline Plastics serves a wide range of industries with our plastic extrusion capabilities. These include:

  • Appliances
  • Consumer goods
  • Electrical applications
  • Electronics
  • Fitness
  • Furniture
  • HVAC
  • Lawn and garden
  • Lighting
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Transportation
  • Signage
  • Agriculture
  • Sporting goods
  • Hydroponics
  • Aquatics/Pool supply

Applications of Plastic Extrusion

At Inline Plastics, we use multiple different extrusion methods to create required product profiles. We use anti-static, co-extrusion, foamed profile, and single-screw processes. We can also create small or large profiles with different shapes and sizes ranging from 0.018"-6.00" inches in diameter.

Our manufacturing capabilities include creating plastic extrusions with:

  • Enclosed profiles
  • Hollow profiles
  • Open profiles
  • U/H/C/T channels

Inline Plastics works with 20+ different types of thermoplastics. Some of the most common include:

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Acrylic
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyurethane
  • PVC, Flexible and Rigid

We support all run types, such as prototypes, low- and high-volume runs, and large-scale ongoing production. Extrusions may also be created with custom properties such as flexibility, flame-retardant capabilities, high-temperature performance, and resistance to water and impact damage, food-grade standards, and foams. Other finishing services include varying levels of gloss, metallic finishes, and faux wood grain designs.

Some industries, such as the food and beverage or medical sectors, require special handling and regulations for all plastic products. Our selection of materials includes:

  • FDA-certified materials (food and beverage, medical, and more)
  • RoHS-approved materials (electrical and electronics)
  • Class VI radiation sterilizable plastics (medical)
  • NSF-approved and UL-compliant materials (water, spa, high humidity, and more)

Additionally, all projects have a quality control manager to ensure all applicable regulations and testing requirements are met. Our team uses CMM inspection and Go/No Go gauges to ensure products meet dimensional specifications within tight tolerances.

Inline Plastics also offers machining, finishing, and packaging services for all orders. These services include:

  • Bonding
  • Drilling
  • Hot Stamping
  • Milling
  • Punching
  • Staking
  • Taping
  • Tooling
  • Assembly
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
  • Packaging

Inline Plastics, Inc. and Plastic Extrusion

Inline Plastics has been an industry leader in high-quality plastic extrusion, die development, and quality control for more than 75 years. We put our knowledge and experience to work to create precise products that meet even the most complex specifications. We've created extrusions for a broad spectrum of applications ranging from beer bongs to medical tubing.

Contact our team today or request a quote to learn more about our plastic extrusion capabilities and our wide selection of thermoplastic materials.

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Specifications

General Capabilities
Custom Coloring (Color made to match)
Custom Plastic Extrusion
Custom Plastic Tubing
Cut to Length
Large Profile
Small Profile
Extrusion Process
Anti-static
Co-extrusion
Foamed Profiles
Single Screw Capability
Shapes
Enclosed Profile
Rods
Hollow Profile
Open Profile
U, H, C, T, channels
As per customer specifications
Outside Pipe Diameter
0.180 in
Outside Tubing Diameter
5.5 in
Maximum Extrusion Profile Width
As per customer specifications
Maximum Extrusion Length
As per customer specifications
Tolerance
As per customer specifications
Materials
Acrylic
Polycarbonate
Polypropylene (Copolymer, Homopolymer)
Polystyrene (Crystal, High Impact)
Polyurethane (Ester, Ether)
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
Polyethylene (High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE))
Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) (Rigid, Flexible)
Quality/Inspection
Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
Go/No Go Gauges
Quality Control Manager
Extrusion Features
Dual Durometer
Flame Retardant
Flexible
Foamed
Food Grade
High Temperature
Impact Resistant
Weather Resistant
Finish
Clear or Translucent
Custom Colors
High or Low Gloss
Light Diffusing Additives
Matte Finishes
Overlays
Reflective Cap-Stock
Simulated Metallic
Simulated Wood Grain
Additional Services Provided
Assembly
Bonding
Decorating
Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Assistance
Drilling
Engineering Design Assistance
Foam Extrusion Capabilities
Hot Stamping
In-House Tooling
Inkjet Printing
Kitting and Packaging
Milling
Pad Printing
Plastic Punching
Routing
Sawing
Staking
Tape Application
Value Added Fabrication
  • On-Line
  • Off-Line
Adhesive-Backed Overlays
Production Volume
High Volume
Large Run
Large Scale Production Volume Run
Low Volume
Prototype
Small Run
Typical Lead Times Available
3 weeks

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Appliance
Building and Construction
Clean Energy
Consumer Products
Electrical
Fitness
Furniture
Health Care
Lawn and Garden
Lighting
Marine
Recreational
Transportation
And Many Others
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Point of Purchase (POP) Display
Industry Standards
Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
Restriction Of Hazardous Substances (RoHS Compliant)
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
File Formats
Bit Mapped Graphics (BMP)
Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format (DXF)
Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES), ANSI file format.
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPG or JPEG)
Portable Document Format (PDF)
SolidEdge (DFT)
AutoCAD (DWG, DWZ)
IronCAD (ICD, ICS)
Pro-E or Pro/Engineer (DRW, PRT, XPR)
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