Injection Moulding & Tooling

Injection Moulding

Whilst tooling is the first issue to resolve, injection moulding goes hand in hand with it.

We have the expertise and capacity to run a variety of tools from hand loaded development tools to fully automatic production tooling, all in a wide variety of materials.

We will also run existing tooling if you are planning to re-shore, subject to understanding the product requirements and the nature of the tooling.

For more information, take a look at Adept Precision, our dedicated tooling and moulding sister company. To discuss your particular project, give us a call or upload details of your requirements here.

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Injection Moulding

Development Tooling

There are times when product development can only take place on components produced in production intent materials. Manufacturing tooling at this early stage in a development programme is high risk as the design is immature and changes are likely to be required.

We have the experience and expertise to create development tooling quickly and factor in potential changes so that they can be realised with the minimum of delay. This facilitates either the creation of several options or the iterative tuning of a part to achieve your design goal.

We are injection moulding specialists with a dedicated tooling and moulding sister company, Adept Precision. If you would like to discuss your development programme, please give us a call or upload an enquiry here.

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Development Tooling

Rapid Tooling or Prototype Tooling

This class of tooling is driven by the need for speed! We are used to plastic prototypes in circa five days from Stereolithography and Laser Sintering; therefore this class of tooling is all about getting injection moulded prototypes, in production materials, fast!

This is achieved through standardisation where possible and the use of lose inserts if applicable to resolve undercut features. We regularly use prototype tooling to produce injection moulded parts in quantities ranging from sub one hundred to low thousands.

We are injection moulding specialists with a dedicated tooling and moulding sister company, Adept Precision. If you need tooling fast, please contact us or upload an enquiry here.

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Rapid Tooling or Prototype Tooling

Bridge Tooling

Bridge tooling came about initially to ‘bridge’ the gap between prototype and production, however today we commonly use this as a low volume production tool with great success.

Addressing the need for a cosmetic finish, injection moulded materials and a short leadtime, bridge tooling can be invoked due to the leadtime associated with the production tooling, programme slippage, market research, or often as a low volume production tool.

Manufactured from a large range of aluminiums and steels, tool life can run into tens of thousands of parts, effectively deliver many of the advantages of production tooling without the long leadtime!

If you are looking for low numbers of parts, bridge tooling may be the answer. Please give us a call or upload an enquiry here.

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Bridge Tooling

Production Tooling

Our production tooling is manufactured in a range of tool steels to suit the tool life requirement, and sourced from the UK and the Far East depending on time, logistics and client preference.

Tooling can be manufactured and then moulded in a wide range of engineering materials including ABS, PC, ABS/PC, PA, PAGF, Ultem, and PVC to name a few.

Production call off can be scheduled and shipped as required worldwide. Alternatively Plunkett Associates can arrange for these tools to be shipped after trialing, for the client to mould in house or at their nominated supplier.

We are injection moulding specialists so if we could help with your production programme, please see our sister company's tooling and moulding website, Adept Precision, give us a call or upload an enquiry here.

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Production Tooling
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    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
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    Stuart Wilson, Design Director, TRT Lighting
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    Andrew Peters, JMDA Ltd
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    Jim Copestick. Design Manager, Thorlux Lighting
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    Mark Williams, Research and Development Director, Johnson Safety Products
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    James Clark, Group Commercial Director, The Airdri Group
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    Jon Todd, Design Manager, PHS Group
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    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
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