Medical injection moulding utilises one of the most widely used manufacturing processes in the plastic industry. Injection moulding is popular due to its quick cycle of production, material and colour flexibility, low labour costs, design flexibility and low waste.
Injection moulding is the preferred process for manufacturing thermoplastic and thermosetting plastics parts in diverse industrial sectors including medicine and healthcare.
At Europlaz, we offer a bespoke medical device and medical parts plastic injection moulding service designed to help our clients mass-produce medical products in a safe environment. Our highly-specialised injection moulding systems are also designed to create identical items to ensure your medical products function exactly as designed.
How does Medical Device Plastic Injection Moulding work?
The process converts solid plastic pellets to viscous masses by thermal conduction and pressure which are then injected into a mould. The melted plastic acquires its final shape by cooling down in the moulds. The process cycle can vary, typically from a few seconds to minutes, depending on the size of the moulds, the complexity of the medical injection moulding project, and the materials used.
Material granules for the part are fed via a hopper into a heated barrel, melted using heater bands and the frictional action of a reciprocating screw barrel. The plastic is then injected through a nozzle into a mould cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity. The mould tool is mounted on a moveable platen – when the part has solidified, the platen opens and the part is ejected out using ejector pins.
After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, moulds are made by a mould maker (or toolmaker) from metal, usually either steel or aluminium and precision-machined to form the features of the desired part.
Why choose Medical Injection Moulding?
Speed and efficiency. Injection moulding can produce a large number of parts per hour.
Low costs. Plastic injection moulding is an automated process where the majority of the process is performed by machines.
High pressure is used on the moulds which allows for a huge amount of detail to be imprinted and intricate shapes manufactured.
Large material selection. There is a large selection of polymer resins to choose from.
Low waste. Technical injection moulding produces little post-production scrap compared to traditional manufacturing processes.
Identical products are manufactured.
Little post production work needed.
Cleanroom Medical Injection Moulding
Europlaz is a full service medical device partner, our expertise is founded on technical injection moulding, tool making and wealth of material and process knowledge.
Precision moulding – conforming to the requirements of complex components
Injection moulded medical products made on this site since 1970
Since 1970 we have built a reputation for innovation, quality, and cost-effectiveness.
We use our experience and state-of-the-art technology to streamline all stages of the medical device manufacturing process for you – moving your product quickly and safely through development, and speeding up regulatory approval of medical devices.
Our UK-based ISO 13485 certified and FDA-compliant facility means that we have complete control of the process, from under one roof. We are flexible, and resourceful, and can take on projects of any size. Our clients range from small start-ups to international blue chip medical device suppliers.
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