Plastic is used in a range of industries due to its wide range of desirable properties, making it versatile and cost effective for fabrications. We have over 15 years experience working with plastic and have provided a range of solutions to businesses in the aerospace, engineering, pharmaceutical, food, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Benefits of Working with Plastic
- Easy to clean – a necessity in the food & pharmaceutical industries
- Protection of critical components & faces – a key requirement in the engineering & aerospace, where a no metal to metal contact rule stipulates
- Hard-wearing & durable – making it a good long term solution
- Impervious to oil & chemicals – giving it good resistance properties
- Can machine to specifications – the use of machining makes a more accurate cut
- Watertight & water-resistant – making it a good solution outdoors
- Highly tensile – plastics such as nylon are good for high strength requirements
- Lightweight & cost-effective compared to other materials
With Plastic being so Versatile, it can be Used in a Variety of Ways
- It can be used for welding plastic dividers into boxes – giving your components extra protection & utilizing box space
- Using the ‘cut & shut’ process, it can be used to make custom-sized boxes & pallets – A cost-effective way of applying LEAN manufacturing & complying with health & safety
- Repairs things like silos & water tanks – without the cost of replacing
- Can be injection moulded – for intricate shapes & high volumes
- Can be thermoformed – for more simple shapes & lower volumes
Practically every industry has a use for the fabrication of plastic. The food & manufacturing industries uses it to make packaging through vac forming, the aerospace industry are highly regulated where a no metal to metal contact rule applies & the engineering industry uses it for the protection of critical components & faces.
Plastic fabrication can also be used as a cost-effective way for making prototypes or one-offs of a design to test how it can be integrated into the system and get feedback from your operators. This will allow you to check the ergonomics & efficiency, handling ability and the protection of your product. Any feedback can then be integrated into the design process before a full production run.
Plastic fabrication uses materials such as acrylics, nylon, ABS, polypropylene, polyethylene and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in thicknesses of 0.5mm to 100mm and in any size required.
RTP Materials Handling has a vast knowledge regarding the strengths and weaknesses of all the containers and boxes on the market as well as the materials that can be used with them. We are able to modify, manufacture and repair plastic containers & tanks of any size using the most appropriate material and method.
We offer a variety 3D printing service in a variety of plastics that have all been standardised and our printer has been calibrated to ensure highly repeatable part production every single time.
We can injection mould in plastic and foam. The foam density can be varied at manufacture from high to low.
Vacuum forming is where the piece of plastic is heated until soft and then sucked onto the mould, left to cool and removed from the mould.
Plastic welding is ideal for a completely non-metallic finish. Plastic welding is so versatile and is almost limitless in what you can do with it.
Being specialists in fabrication, we can also offer extra strength with reinforced bases, location pins, large rims & lashing points.
Cutting & Shutting
Re-manufacture of boxes & pallets using the cut & shut method, resulting in the required size for your component