Plastic Shapes Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Plainwell, MI

    If you are in search of a variety of plastic shapes or perhaps a single plastic solution then we can assist you. We have nearly 40 years experience and we are eager to supply our customers with the highest quality plastic shapes. As a premier custom extrusion manufacturer we value on-time delivery and guarantee your satisfaction. You can rely on us for your plastic needs! Give us a call or visit our website for more information!

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  • Modesto, CA

    Our profile extrusion capabilities are vast and adaptable to meet your specific needs. Whether you require rigid, flexible, dual, or tri-profile extrusions, we have the expertise and technology to deliver. We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what's possible in plastic extrusion, and we welcome the opportunity to tackle even the most challenging projects.

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  • Milwaukee, WI

    Here at Absolute Custom Extrusion Inc we believe in quality performance and superior design. We have been developing plastic shapes for over 30 years and our customers are always our number 1 priority. We are committed to quick turnaround and customized extrusions. Let us be your plastic shape supplier! Please visit our website or give us a call for more information!

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  • Middlefield, OH

    At Plastic Extrusion Technologies, we specialize in the production of extruded plastics, catering to both large-scale manufacturing needs and smaller custom projects, all tailored to your precise specifications. We understand the importance of high-quality products, prompt delivery, and responsive service in today's fast-paced business landscape, and we are committed to meeting these expectations.

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  • Johns Creek, GA

    As our name suggests, we are a leading custom extruder of plastic shrink tubing, flexible and rigid tubing, and profiles in standard or custom colors in a multitude of material options. We use state-of-the-art machinery for our extrusions and perform secondary operations on site, such as drilling, slotting, notching, etc. Pexco is ISO 9001 certified.

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  • Sheboygan, WI

    At Northland Plastics, we are the experts in unique custom plastic extrusions. We specialize in single and dual durometer profile extrusions, vacuum calibration, automated inline fabrication, custom fabrication, and more. Custom colors and various additives are also available. As an ISO 9001:2015 company, we value product quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, and excellent customer service above all else. Contact Northland Plastics today for all your extrusion needs!

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  • Middlesex, NJ

    Petro specializes in plastic shapes, offering our customers many capabilities, such as customized shapes & extruded tubing, along with tape application, coiling & angle cutting. We have a full staff of engineers who can assist you & ship out stock products within 24 hours of your order. At Petro, we take extreme pride in our service & quality. We will deliver a product on time – every time.

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  • St. Charles, IL

    We ensure you we are a frontrunner of the plastic extrusion and plastic shapes industry. Our engineers can create solutions in a variety of colors and models. We can meet your needs, no matter how large or small. Our diverse product offerings are ideal for your work zone environments, recreational facilities and more. Feel free to contact us today to learn more!

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  • Manchester, NH

    Since our founding more than 55 years ago, we at Keller have been the most innovative thinkers in the plastic profile extrusion industry. Our continued investment in new technology continues to pay off for our company and our customers; we are able to offer programs that eliminate tooling costs, we offer stocking and inventory programs and we can provide concept to tooling in less than five days.

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  • Strongsville, OH

    At GSH we know plastic, rubber and aluminum extrusions. We do tubing, injection, plastic, aluminum and rubber fabrication. We serve a variety of industries with our products, including automotive, consumer, electrical and marine. We know plastic extrusions! Come to us for superior customer service, product knowledge, on-time delivery and competitive pricing!

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Plastic Shapes Industry Information

Plastic Shapes

Plastic shapes are specially-formed plastic objects that have been processed by a plastic shaping process. There are many plastic shaping processes, and they include molding, extrusion, casting, and other methods. Each method is intended to create a different kind of plastic shape. Molding, for example, is the process best suited for the creation of complex, discrete products. Examples of discrete products include fasteners, pallets, and cases for small electronics. Extrusion, on the other hand, allows for the creation of complex, continuous products. Examples of continuous products are trim, hoses, and tubes.

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Applications of Plastic Shapes

Industry and commerce require broad access to discrete plastic shapes as well as plastic shapes produced by continuous manufacturing processes like extrusion. Extruded plastic products like PVC pipes, plastic hoses, plastic tubes, trim, channels, and coextrusions are used extensively in all kinds of applications. Plumbing, gardening, chemical processing, building construction, and furnishing depend heavily on extruded plastics.

A wide variety of plastic materials can be extruded, including:

  • High and Low Density Polyethylene
  • Butyrate
  • Vinyl
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Acrylic Materials

Plastic Shape Extrusion Process

The plastic extrusion process takes place in a few steps. First, the raw thermoplastic material, in flake or pellet form, is poured into a hopper. From there, it is fed down into a conveyance channel, where it is heated by the turning of a large shearing screw. The friction caused by the turning of the screw combined with heat from electric heating elements causes the plastic to become molten by the time it reaches the end of the channel. At the end of the channel is a die, which is a tool used to shape raw materials into useful products. In the case of plastic extrusion, the die is a specially-cut shape in a metal plate through which the molten plastic passes. Once the plastic has become molten, it is forced through the die and emerges on the other side as a newly extruded plastic shape. Once extruded, the shape is allowed to cool and harden. It can then be cut to the appropriate length and either sent for shipment or prepared for additional processing like painting or labeling.

Innovations in the Plastic Industry

Researchers have recently discovered a polymer that is able to change shape automatically and repetitively. The shape shifting is prompted by temperature; when the material reaches a predetermined temperature, the plastic shifts into the new position. Once the plastic cools, it reverts back to the original form. This new innovation, known as a “polymer actuator,” has the potential to be utilized in a wide range of industries. One of the main advantages of this new polymer design is the fact that it requires no outside electricity to create a linear motion.

Another interesting innovation in the plastic industry is hand moldable plastic. This plastic has a very low melting point and can easily be formed into any desired shape. This product is ideal in situations where a handcrafted plastic solution is necessary perhaps for an attachment or component replacement. The process to utilize this innovation is simple; heat the plastic between 136°F - 140°F and then it is ready to be molded. A big advantage with this type of plastic is it can be reformed an infinite number of times. This moldable plastic is ideal for prototyping, quick fixes and unique design.

These two advances in the plastic industry are only examples of the innovation potential from the industry. The repeatability and usability of these products are key factors to their success. Certain applications that require linear motion could greatly benefit from the self-sustaining feature of the polymer actuator. Further manipulation of these materials on the molecular level will expose a plethora of discoveries that can be beneficial for consumers as well as manufacturers.

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