There’s a Reason for the Resin: Why Injection Molding is All About the Pellets

Resin is what everything plastic is made of.

Once heated, Resin is a free-flowing polymer used in plastic part production. In the injection molding industry, this highly-viscous material is what’s actually injected into the mold to create a product.

Resin starts in pellet form. You’ve probably seen them before.

Resin pellets are typically either cylindrical or disc-shaped. Here are some styles of resin pellets that most custom injection molding facilities offer:

  • Low-density polyethylene pellets
  • High-density polyethylene pellets
  • Linear low-density polyethylene pellets
  • Polystyrene pellets
  • Polypropylene pellets
  • Polyethylene terephthalate pellets
  • Polyvinyl chloride pellets

Okay. Now, go find a plastic product. Any product.

What you’re holding in your hand right now is the final shape of the cooled resin that has been injected into a custom mold.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the material that’s used to make plastic products, let’s mold that brain of yours.

How Do You Choose the Right Type of Resin?

One of the most important parts of the manufacturing process is picking out the best type of resin for your plastic product.

“There’s a Reason for the Resin.”

There are over 100 different varieties of resin.

So how do we choose the right one?

First, we get a good understanding of what your product is going to be used for. Then, using our knowledge of the industry, we’ll pick the resin based on those needs.

For example:

  • Some products need a material that can handle high heat.
  • Some need a material that can handle chemicals.
  • Some need FDA approval.
  • Some need to be crystal clear.
  • Some need impact resistance.
  • Some need to be able to hold a lot of weight.
  • Some need a combination of the above.

Based on these unique product needs, we will find the resin to meet your needs.

There Are Two Grades of Resins:

  1. Commodity Grade Resin
  2. Engineering Grade Thermoplastic Resin

What’s the Difference?

Commodity grade resins are usually less expensive, and they’re typically easier to manipulate and process. This is usually the material used in consumer products like toys and packaging.

Examples of commodity grade resins:

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene

Engineering Grade Thermoplastic Resin, while more expensive, has better thermal properties than commodity grades. 

Because of this ability to withstand extreme temperatures and corrosion, this extremely durable material is usually used in equipment where there’s frequent friction.

For example, engineering grade resin is commonly used for items like replacement bearings or other steel parts.

Examples of engineering grade resins:

  • Nylon
  • Polycarbonate

Why Choose Pioneer Plastics?

Pioneer Plastics has knowledge and experience with over 100 different resins.

We evaluate each customer’s needs, and we pick the resin that would suit their project best.

We only use the highest quality materials. From commodity grades to engineered thermoplastics, our engineering team will pick the best material for your project.

Our staff has over 140 years of combined experience in the injection molding industry. We’re experts in finding the right resin for your plastic product.

If you want to learn more about our plastic product manufacturing process, read more here!

What’s the Best Way to Protect Your Collectibles?

Everyone seems to be collecting something these days. Dr. Mark B. McKinley, a professor of psychology and author of The Psychology of Collecting, says, “Everybody collects something! Whether it be photographs of a person’s vacation, ticket stubs from ballgames, souvenirs of trips, pictures of one’s children, athletes’ trophies, kids report cards…” Dr. McKinley also notes that people collect for different reasons: People collect for investment purposes. People collect simply for fun. People collect to preserve the past or a “piece of history,” and people collect for social reasons, too, sharing their passions with “like-minded souls.”

The list of items people collect today seems to be endless. These days, it seems as though there truly is a collector for every item! Here are just a few of the more popular items people are collecting now:

  • Antique toys
  • Autographed items
  • Baseball cards and souvenirs
  • Coins and stamps
  • Depression glass
  • Movie memorabilia
  • Sports jerseys… and more.

Whatever drives you to collect, and whatever you’re collecting, you want to be sure to protect your collectibles so that they hold their value, whether that “value” is monetary or simply sentimental. For most items, the best way to protect your collectibles is by encasing them in plastic display cases. Clear plastic display cases are available in all shapes and sizes, perfect for displaying collections while protecting collectibles from exposure to the elements and minimizing any wear and tear.

One more quick tip about protecting your collectibles: If you’re collecting for investment purposes, or your collection has significant value, you also want to make sure your insurance policy covers your collection and protects your investment. Contact your insurance company for more information.

These Containers Are Really Sweet!

If you are looking for an easy and attractive way to showcase sweet treats in your store, check out these containers. The cut comb honey containers are conveniently available in 3 sizes – 14 oz11.5 oz, and 9 oz – and they are special for a number of reasons.

Superior Materials and Construction

Cut Comb Honey Container

Cut Comb Honey Container

Firstly, each container is made of high-quality, food-grade polystyrene. Along with superior materials, we use custom injection molding to form the square shapes, with the biggest one holding an impressive 14 oz.

Each clear plastic part has an insert lid too, which protects the yummy bites inside. It is also made of polystyrene that the FDA has deemed safe to use in contact with food.

Did we mention they are sustainable, too? The lightweight, resource-efficient parts reduce waste and use less energy. These attributes make them great for packaging purposes.

High Functionality

The cut comb honey containers are multifunctional. Uses include honey packaging, holding candy and nuts, and storing dried fruit.

Your eatery’s displays will look amazing with these bulk containers – get a range of sizes to add visual interest throughout the store as you fill them various delicious treats! The edibles will look even more appetizing in these containers. Plus, the see-through plastic (lid included) won’t prevent customers from seeing what’s inside, whether you have a candy store, bakery, ice cream shop, or other type of eating establishment.

The attractive containers also are perfect for packaging candy and other foods. They can provide useful kitchen storage, too. Outside of consumables, the injection molded plastic containers can make life easier for those in science and education research, holding lab supplies, entomology laboratories, and in projects within the agriculture and research field.

Plastic Injecting is What We Do

At Pioneer Plastics, we specialize in top-quality injection molding of plastic parts and products, providing them in bulk to any industry. Contact us now to learn more about how cut comb honey containers can meet your food, laboratory, research or other needs. Also connect with us on our blogTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to learn more about how to sweeten your projects with our reliable offerings.

Bee-Friendly Business: Save the Bees and Keep Honey Production Flowing

Bees are an important insect vital to ecosystems throughout the world. They help to pollinate, to spread plants and ensure their wellbeing, and contribute to both honey and humans. Unfortunately, bees face more and more dangers every year, with scientists noting a decline in their population from pesticides, colony collapse, and more.

Quick Facts about Bees

  • Less than 50 percent of bees can sting – males don’t have stingers
  • The majority of bees don’t live in hives, instead preferring nests in the ground or trees
  • There are seven families of bees, along with over 20,000 distinct species
  • Bees pollinate roughly 75% of the world’s crops

Saving the Bees

The good news is that everyone can chip in when it comes to saving the current bee population, on a small and/or larger scale.

  • Read your Pesticides – The toxic neonicotinoid pesticides are some of the deadliest to bees that are available, so avoid using them. Look for alternatives, including more natural defenses against specific pest and insects. These are banned in Europe, but are still used in Canada and the United States.
  • Plant Bee-Friendly Plants – Native flowers with large blooms, herbs, and heirloom plants are favorites of bees – plant a variety of them around your house.
  • Give Them a Home – Create a bee-friendly habitat away from your home and places where you and your loved ones play and work. By creating an area for the bees, you can help your family be safe by providing a nesting area in a low-traffic place while giving the bees a safe place too.
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Pioneer Plastics and the Bee Industry

Here at Pioneer Plastics, we develop containers for one of the most valuable products that bees give us: honey. Honey is a great product, useful for everything from a sugar and food source, to salves, to soaps, even as an alcohol product known as mead when fermented. So not only does the humble bee pollinate and produce honey, but it also creates job opportunities.

Take a look at our various Cut Comb Honey Box and Containers that hold up to 9-14oz. These convenient high quality, food grade polystyrene holders can be used for honey packaging, candy, nuts, dried fruit, food services, food packaging, candy packaging, sustainable packaging, kitchen and food storage, science and education research, lab supplies, entomology laboratories or agriculture and research. They can also be used as a useful addition to candy stores, ice cream shops, bakeries, and other eatery displays.

Please join us here at Pioneer Plastics in creating a bee-friendly environment and helping to bring these important insects back from their decline. What they provide makes them an invaluable resource to our society.

Pioneer Plastics Rocks Outdoor Festivals with Outstanding Food and Drink Products

What would summertime be without having a blast at a festival, fair, or carnival? In almost every community, summertime brings locals and visitors to outdoor festivals. Just about every ethnicity hosts an event (Italian feasts, Greek festival, German Oktoberfest, etc.), school sports teams have summer carnivals, and summer arts offer outdoor performances like music, plays, and dance – not to mention the 4th of July. At an outdoor festival, there is something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.

Every summer, festivals give us the opportunity to relax and appreciate the atmosphere while being entertained, alongside eating and drinking (the best part of it all if you ask us!). The two are standard fare while walking around or picnicking. But have you ever noticed the kind of challenges eating and drinking at the same time in these crowds can pose?

In our May blog, we described our Drink & Plate and the benefits of including them in on your camping trips. Well, guess what? This killer combination is also perfect for the above too! Relish in the convenience of an attached cup and plate at festivals or include it as a part of your cozy picnic basket.

Since it is easy to hold the food and drink in one hand, you can stand, wander around, or sit and enjoy a show. Spilled drinks are now a thing of the past. These sturdy plates hold any kind of food, refuse to leak or bend, and offer easy cleanup. As if that isn’t enough, this easy to use plate/cup combo can be popped in the dishwasher, quickly ready for your next outing!

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Wanting more? This year Pioneer Plastics has also debuted a new product that is just the thing for summer festivals! Our 1-liter mugs, made of durable plastic, are a safe and attractive cup option for serving beer and any other beverage you might have. When customized with a logo or brand name, these become classic keepsakes and a special souvenir. For ethnic celebrations like German Oktoberfest or Italian Feasts, beverages served from these mugs not only look good, but taste even better—okay, we can’t guarantee a better taste, but we can guarantee a better overall experience with these snazzy mementos!

Both the Drink & Plate and 1-liter mug products have been developed to make entertaining all the merrier. Custom options and a wide selection of colors bring a unique touch to any party, festival, or event. Unbreakable plastic suits outdoor use and all age groups!

In need of our festive products for your next party or outing? Contact the party experts at Pioneer Plastics today!