Injection Molding: Your Questions Answered

If you have an idea for a custom plastic part, you may have a lot of questions about the manufacturing process. Injection molding is a time-efficient and cost-efficient way to achieve the quality part you need. 

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about custom injection molding: 

How do you know if injection molding is the right process for a product?

There are several ways to manufacture a plastic part. Understanding and knowing the part design, the end function of the part, the quantity needed, and the target part cost will help determine if injection molding is right for you. 

What is the minimum number of units required for a new molding project?

Due to the high cost of the mold ($10,000 – $200,000), injection molding is typically a good choice if you need a higher volume/quantity of your part. If you only need 100 parts, injection molding may not be right for you. This depends on your budget and how critical the part design is to your project’s success.

Will a prototype be tested for durability and usability before the mold and lot are produced?

Sometimes yes, only if the customer requests it and or if it’s recommended by our engineering team. There are two types of prototypes: prototype parts made by a 3D printer (extremely small volume) and prototype molds (which will produce exactly what the production mold will produce). The prototype mold is used to produce many parts for sizing and extensive physical testing, prior to production mold build.

How do you know what type of resin is best for a product?

Since there are over 100 different types of resins, we’ll need a good understanding of your vision for the product and what it will be used for. If it needs to have physical requirements like a special color or specific heat resistance, among many other possible factors will help determine which type of resin will meet those needs. Learn more about resins here

How long does it take to build a new mold?

Depending on the complexity of the part, the number of cavities (parts in the mold), and the size of the mold, it can take anywhere from 2 to 26 weeks to build a new mold.

Will the molds for my part be maintained between production runs?

Yes, all molds at Pioneer Plastics are on a PM (preventive maintenance) schedule.

Can the injection mold be modified after the first run of production?

In some instances it can, but not always. It depends on what the change is and whether or not it interferes with the function of the mold. If the modification is major, it may simply require a new mold.

Are there any size limits on parts that Pioneer Plastics can produce?

Pioneer Plastics can produce items as small as a pen cap and as large as a lawn chair. Learn more about our injection molding machines here

Does Pioneer Plastics offer secondary services (like part assembly)?

We offer assembly, in-mold decorating, pad printing, heat transfer decal, and more. Learn about all of the additional services we offer here

For more than 35 years, we’ve been experts in the design, development, and distribution of custom plastic parts. Contact Pioneer Plastics to get a quote for custom injection molding services.

Insert Molding vs. Overmolding: What’s the Difference?

The custom injection molding process starts with a conceptualized design and ends with a uniquely manufactured product. 

If your product needs to be aesthetically pleasing or ergonomically friendly, injection molding techniques like insert molding or overmolding might be used to achieve those needs. 

It might be difficult to figure out which process is best for your custom plastic part. Here’s a break down of the insert molding and overmolding processes. 

Insert Molding

Insert molding is a process where a rigid plastic resin is injected over another material, typically metal. The metal piece is placed in a tool for the plastic to be injected around. Encapsulating the insert with plastic creates a single molded piece that’s typically stronger than one created by assembling separate pieces together. 

An example of insert molding (a white blower wheel)

This process is most commonly used for custom-machined metal parts like threaded fasteners and electrical parts. There is no chemical bonding between metal inserts and plastic, so the insert and resin components must be designed for mechanical bonding. 

Insert molding is controllable and allows better encapsulation than other methods used to mold plastic around metal parts. Molded inserts eliminate the need for a secondary insert installation process, making it more time-and-cost-efficient. 

Benefits of Insert Molding: 

  • Eliminates secondary assembly operations like gluing and fastening. 
  • Creates design functions and features that are not feasible by plastic alone. 
  • The encapsulating process can add strength and durability to parts. 

Overmolding

Overmolding is the process of adding an additional layer of resin to the existing plastic part. This process adds characteristics that a single piece of plastic can’t provide. 

An example of overmolding (a red caster wheel)

One common reason to use this technique is to add a soft, functional, ergonomic layer of rubber-like material (typically a thermoplastic elastomer) over a hard surface. This improves the grip of a hand-held item. 

One example of this is toothbrushes. Toothbrushes are often made from a hard plastic center with a soft plastic grip around the handle. 

Another use for over-molding is to change or enhance the appearance of a part by overmolding material of a different color or finish. 

There are two primary methods of overmolding: 

  • Two-shot molding uses a single production mold.
  • Pick-n-place molding uses two production molds where an entire batch of parts are molded. Then, they are manually placed into a second mold where the overmold resin is injected to produce the completed parts. 

Thousands of possible combinations exist for over-molded material. Resins have to be adhesive and compatible with each other in order for the process to work. 

If the goal of using overmolding is to enhance grip or increase cushioning in your product, make sure your injection molding company knows those goals. Factors like cushioning, flexibility, and friction will play into the type of resins that are used in the product.

Benefits of Overmolding:

  • It can provide a soft, non-slip grip to your product. 
  • It acts as an environmental barrier to shock, vibrations, and noise.
  • It creates colorful, visually attractive surfaces. 
  • It reduces the number of secondary steps and costs associated with them, in turn reducing the complexity of assembly. 
  • It can provide adhesion between different materials and eliminate the need to assemble different materials by hand. 

Why Choose Pioneer Plastics?

We specialize in all aspects of the process- from concept to consumer. We can design, build, produce, and distribute your part. From insert molding to overmolding and so much more, we can help you produce your custom plastic part.

Contact us today to get a quote for the production of your part. 

Injection Molding Defects and How to Avoid Them

Just like the design of the part, the manufacturing process is important to the integrity and function of the part. If not executed properly, the injection molding process can cause cosmetic defects and form defects, sometimes compromising the safety and performance of the product. With that in mind, be sure that your injection molding partner takes the proper precautions with your product so that none of these types of defects occur.

Here is a list of common injection molding defects and how to avoid them:

Flow Lines

Flow lines are lines commonly caused by a variation in the cooling speed of the material as it flows through the mold. They often appear in a wavy pattern and might be a slightly different color than the rest of the piece. Flow lines don’t typically impact the integrity of the piece, but they can be unsightly and unacceptable in certain products (like high-end frames for glasses).

How to Avoid Them:

Flow lines can be avoided by increasing the injection speed and pressure to ensure the material fills the mold before cooling. You can also try rounding the corners of the mold to increase wall thickness and keep flow rate consistent.

Burns

Burns can be caused by trapped air or overheated resin in the mold during injection. Excessive heat or increased injection speeds can cause overheating, in turn causing the resin to burn. Burns can appear as black or brown colored spots on the edge or surface of the part.

How to Avoid Them:

To prevent burns, lower the melt and mold temperature to prevent overheating, reduce the injection speed to limit the risk of trapping air, and shorten the mold cycle time so that trapped air and resin doesn’t have time to overheat. 

Warping

Most commonly heard when referring to wood that has dried unevenly, warping is a deformation that appears when different components of the plastic part shrink unevenly. During the cooling process, uneven shrinking can put stress on parts causing bending or twisting. Most often, the cause of warping is the cooling process happening too quickly. 

How to Avoid It:

Warping can be prevented by ensuring the cooling process is long enough to prevent uneven stresses on the material and by lowering the temperature of the material or mold. 

Sinking

Sink marks are depressions on an otherwise flat surface of a part. These can occur when the inner part of the mold shrinks (or cools too slowly), pulling the outside inward before it has a chance to completely cool. 

How to Avoid It:

To avoid sinking, increase cooling time and increase holding pressure to allow the material at the part’s surface to cool. 

Air Pockets

Air pockets are trapped air bubbles in the finished part. Air bubbles are commonly caused by inadequate pressure to force air out of the mold. Larger air pockets can weaken the part. 

How to Avoid Them:

To avoid air pockets in the mold, raise the injection pressure to force out trapped air pockets.

Weld Lines

Weld lines are a result of weak material bonding. They appear on the surfaces of parts where the material has come back together after splitting into two or more directions in the mold. If the material bonding is weak, the overall strength of the part is lowered. 

How to Avoid Them:

Weld lines can be avoided by increasing the material temperature to prevent uneven solidification and increasing injection speed and pressure to limit cooling before the mold is filled. 

Jetting

Jetting occurs in molded parts when the initial jet of molten material starts solidifying before the rest of the material fills the mold. Jetting looks like squiggly lines on the surface of the part. 

How to Avoid It:

Jetting can be avoided by reducing injection pressure (to prevent rapid movement of the material into the mold) and increasing material and mold temperature (to keep the material from solidifying too early). 

While there are many potential problems that can occur, partnering with an experienced custom injection molding company like Pioneer Plastics should relieve your worries.

If you have an idea for a plastic product and would like to partner with a company that has been manufacturing them for over 35 years, contact us today!

When Designing Custom Plastic Parts, Fit And Function are Important

When designing your plastic part, it’s crucial to consider what the part’s fit and function will be.

First and foremost, the function of the product will affect the fit and form of the plastic part in almost every case. So as you draw out your design, make sure you’re cognizant of its fundamental usage.

The Design & Discovery Process

What special properties need to be included to make your plastic part stand out as more functional than potentially competing products?

Ask yourself these function-related questions:

  1. What is the minimum required strength required for your product to perform successfully?
  2. What is your product’s intended longevity?
  3. Does your product need to be created with impact resistance in mind?

These, among many other product-specific questions, should be answered before you worry about the style of your custom plastic product.

Answering these questions provides you with a better understanding of what type of resin should be used to manufacture your part.

Determining Your Product’s Fit

Now that you understand exactly what your part needs to do, you’ll need to figure out what it will look like, how it will feel, and how it will interact with other elements within the product’s environment.

The goal is to strive for optimal performance.

In this context, “Fit” refers to how a plastic part mates to another part or occupies a specified amount of cubic inches within a box or on a shelf. *

For Example:

  • How a container lid mates to its container
  • How the plastic housing envelopes a motor
  • How the product occupies shelf space at Walmart

Some Tips for Perfecting Your Product’s Fit

The thickness of the part’s walls should stay consistent whenever possible.

Inconsistencies in the wall thickness can cause the plastic to warp. When the plastic cools, it cools from the outside inward which can cause the outside walls to be pulled inward (called sinks), internal stress, or internal voids.

Make sure the walls of the part aren’t exactly perpendicular

This wall feature is called a draft angle. It allows the part to come out of the mold smoothly. We recommend a draft angle of between 2 and 5 degrees.

Consider Rounded corners

Rounded corners allow material to flow through the part more efficiently. This also reduces stress on the material during the cooling process, in turn reducing its tendency to crack, bow, warp, or have fragile corners.

Make note of parting lines

A parting line is a line where the two halves of the mold meet. This can create a thin blemish around the part depending on how it was designed. If you need a sharp edge on your part, you can reduce blemishes incorporating that edge in the parting line.

Consider hole depth to diameter ratio

Most plastics companies recommend the hole depth-to-diameter ratio to stay under two. There are two types of holes:
Through Holes
– Blind Holes

Unlike through holes, blind holes don’t protrude through the plastic part. The pins that are used to make these blind holes shouldn’t be too long, because the heat and pressure can potentially warp the insertion area.

Eliminate undercuts if possible

To save money, it would be wise to avoid using undercuts. Undercuts will almost always result in a more expensive part, due to a more complex mold design and typically more process time is needed to create them.

An undercut is any protrusion or indentation that houses any non-standard mating part of the plastic. (For example: A T-shaped connector)

Consider utilizing ribbed features

If you want to strengthen the molded part without adding additional wall thickness, ribbing is a great way to accomplish this. Taller ribs can lead to issues like warping and bending. But if your piece has subtle and simple ribbing, it should serve the function well.

Perfecting Fit & Function: The Case Studies


Panera Bread 

Panera Bread brought a prototype of their newest food tray into Pioneer Plastics.

The complicated design prohibited proper stacking and was not nearly as user-friendly as it could have been. Sometimes a fancy appearance can have costly results.

After extensive testing with Pioneer’s new ergonomic design, we ended up solving the stacking issue while saving them $50,000 on mold cost!

The Inventor

An inventor brought in his plastic part that incorporated varied wall thicknesses. He didn’t understand that this inconsistency would cause shrinking and warping, hindering the product’s ability to be placed upright. 

After redesigning the product to have consistent wall thickness throughout the whole piece, it streamlined and improved the whole injection molding process.

This redesign strengthened his invention and promoted product longevity, which was crucial since his goal was to get this product on retail shelves.

How to Design Your Plastic Part For the Shelves of Walmart and Other Retailers

It’s all about the cubic inches.

Let’s say you own an ice cream company, and you’re hoping to modernize the ice cream container so that it increases user-friendliness and fits perfectly in the frozen section at Walmart.

You’ll need to design for a specific amount of shelf space. 

It’s important to know that this shelf space allotted varies for each product type. For example, Walmart won’t accept a 10-gallon ice cream tub.

Your contact for any of these big box retailers will be able to provide you with the exact amount of cubic inches your product can occupy. Be careful, because if you don’t abide, they don’t have to stock your product. 

Design Hint: You’ll need to understand the Supplier Standards, obtain a Universal Product Code (UPC), and you must carry Product Liability Insurance to sell your product in big box stores.

Also, you’ll need to notify your plastic part manufacturer that the retail market is your end goal! 

Pioneer Plastics will be able to create exactly what you want with the custom injection molding process, but we might not be aware of the demographic you’re hoping to sell to unless you inform us.

Basically, you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a container that looks nice, functions well, but can’t be sold at any major retailer.

To ensure that your product is of high-quality and ready for manufacturing, be sure to design it with these practical tips in mind!


Every custom plastic part is different. Some might need simple design tweaks, while others might need a complete overhaul.

To get a quote on the production of your custom plastic part, contact Pioneer Plastics today!

How Machinery is Used in Custom Injection Molding

When we hold plastic parts in our hands, we usually aren’t thinking of how it was manufactured or what machines were used in the process.

However, if you take a closer look at the intricacies of the product, you’ll realize that it takes a very sophisticated process and similarly sophisticated machinery to make that part.

Here’s a helpful guide that explains what these machines are and how they work.

First, after a part is designed, a skilled tool and die craftsman using state-of-the-art machinery like lathes, mills, or CNC machines creates a mold out of metal. This mold is created precisely for the specific plastic part.

Then, this mold is transferred to an injection molding machine, where the actual “molding” occurs.

Plastic part manufacturers typically have various sizes of injection molding machines that are capable of manufacturing different-sized parts.

For example, Pioneer Plastics currently operates 22 modern plastic injection molding machines ranging from a 75-ton to an 880-ton clamp force.

An Example of a Larger Machine –  The Cincinnati

  • 880-ton clamping force 
  • 232 oz shot size (1000 ton platen size)

Product Capabilities for Larger Machines:

Larger machines can produce pieces like refrigerator shelves, vent covers, washer and dryer doors, and much more.

An Example of a Small Machine – The Nissei

  • 75-ton clamping force
  • 5 oz shot size

Product Capabilities for Smaller Machines:

Smaller machines like the Nissei are capable of producing plastic parts as small as golf tees, tacks, toy car display cases, buttons, and various other small items.

What is clamping force?
Clamping force refers to the force applied to the mold (or plastic part) by the clamping unit of an injection molding machine. In general, the bigger the part, the more clamping force required.

What is shot size?
Shot size refers to the maximum amount of plastic that can be injected in one cycle of injection molding. The bigger the part, the larger shot size required.

So How Do These Injection Molding Machines Actually Work?

Since this can be a complicated process, we’ll compare it to the process of making fun Jell-O® shapes.

  1. Resin (a pile of plastic pellets) is fed into a hot, cylindrical barrel and is melted into a liquid.
    This is like when you mix the boiling water with gelatin in a big bowl.

  2. It’s mixed together with a large screw, which pushes the resin into a mold cavity. Think of this cavity as the Jell-O mold. It’s where the material forms to the specific shape.

  3. The resin inside this mold needs to cool.
    This is like when you let the Jell-O sit in the fridge for a few hours to form.

  4. The plastic part is ready to use!
    The Jell-O is ready to eat!

To boil it all down, these machines inject resin into a mold, which shapes the polymer into a functional plastic part after it’s cooled. 

There are also machines used specifically for assembly & decoration:

The assembly and decoration processes occur after the plastic parts undergo the injection molding process. 

  • Assembly – the pieces of plastic parts are connected (if necessary) 
  • Decoration – Hot stamping, in-mold labeling, and printing are some methods used to decorate the plastic parts. 

Assembly & Decoration Machines

  • 1000 watt ultrasonic welders
  • Vertical hot stamp machines
  • Horizontal roll-on hot stamp machines
  • Heat transfer machine 
  • Pad printer
  • Blister pack machine 

The injection molding process requires an incredible amount of machinery to produce one small piece of functional plastic. However, these plastic parts, along with the equipment involved, create the backbone to many industries like food processing, packaging, and home appliance manufacturing.

If you’d like to learn even more about the custom plastic part manufacturing process, click here.


Why choose Pioneer Plastics to create your next plastic part?

Our 100,000+ square foot production and distribution facility is located in the heart of the Midwest, just a few hours from Indianapolis, St. Louis, Louisville, and Nashville. We have excellent access to all major transportation networks, allowing us to ship your products efficiently.

If you have a design for a plastic part or a custom injection molding project, contact us to see what Pioneer Plastics can do for you.

Regardless of the size of your plastic part, we can produce it.

You Know You Need a Plastic Part: What’s Next?

You’ve worked hard, maybe for years, to invent a plastic product that will either increase efficiency or improve the user experience in some way. So if it’s a helpful tool for you, then a lot of other people will probably find it useful, right?

Right.

So how do you take that next step? And after that, how do you take it from concept to consumer? 

It can be a stressful process figuring out where to start. But here’s a breakdown that will help you take your plastic product to the next level.

First, talk to an injection molding company about designing your piece for production.

In order for an injection molding company to take your idea to the next level, it needs to be designed specifically for the industry that you wish to target.

Ideally, working with someone that can design and manufacture your product will help make it a smoother process.

For example, Pioneer Plastics can handle the entirety of the design process before handing it off to the in-house production team.

Make a Prototype

They’ll create a prototype that will allow you to experiment with the finished product.

You’ll need to spend some time with it, testing durability and ease-of-use. You have to know that it works correctly first!

Create the Mold

Mold creation is all about building a high-quality injection mold that will produce your part.

Select the Resin

This is perhaps the most important step.

Once the prototype is approved, the injection molding company will help you decide what resin would work best for your plastic part. You might not realize it, but each type of resin has a specific use-case. Find out more about resin variations here.

Prep Your Plastic Part for Mass Production

Once you give final approval on the molded plastic part, a full-service custom injection molding entity like Pioneer Plastics will manufacture it. The resin they choose to use for your product will be injected into the mold and formed to the specified shape, creating your part. Then they’ll ship it out to the masses.

Congratulations! You did it! You took your idea to the next level!

Why Choose Pioneer Plastics?

We can turn your concept into a reality!

Advantages of working with Pioneer Plastics include:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Expert Product Design Guidance
  • Finalized Product Designed to Specifications
  • Mold Cost Savings – “We design it correctly the first time”
  • Labor Cost Savings – Proper design saves money on production
  • Short lead times for new products and replacement parts.

Our Sales and Engineering teams have over 175 years of combined expertise in project management and product development. Our industry experts are more than capable of educating you on the design and manufacturing process so that you feel comfortable making the decision to move forward with custom molding. We take pride in our personal relationships with our customers, many of which have been with us for over 30 years.

Learn more about the plastic part manufacturing process here.

Most Importantly, we’ll turn your investment into substantial profit.

If you’d like to partner with an experienced injection molding company to design, prototype, and produce your plastic part, let’s talk.

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.