Gas-assisted injection molding
This service is for large, dense parts that are made with a hollow inside.
Used in cost saving initiatives for weight reduction and cycle time reduction. Process strength in all 4 facilities with the know how to update to any facility in a matter of days. Thomson has the infrastructure to feed the Nitrogen gas to any injection molding machines directly vs. bottle that creates its own safety and process concerns. In our GA and NC plants, investment previously made for a 1500 Gallon external tank that allows for the proper infrastructure. Investment made in 2021 of $500,000 to improve high pressure gas control equipment that includes diagnostic information through USB data transfer.
Decades of experience as a leader in gas assist molding.
Gas Assist qualification through destructive testing and weight management.
Substrate (polyprop) steering wheel and mold it, store it, and put it in another machine where it is molded with a second material with soft touch.
Mostly in the Outdoor and Automotive markets for Steering wheels, shifter handles, and cargo organization storage aka. Bookends.
Over 5 million overmolding steering wheels produced at Thomson Plastics to service the Recreational and Lawn and Garden markets.
Cost Benefits through Value Add / Value Engineering.
Used primarily in the Recreational, Lawn and Garden, and Light Industrial markets.
Components robotically installed to precision tolerances.
Adhere metal to plastic during the molding process for better part integrity vs. a post molding process.
Multiple insert types from different materials, shapes, weights, etc. is utilized at Thomson through collaborative robots which helps improve cycle time.
Over 100s of millions of components produced in the history of Thomson Plastics through successful insert molding.
In-mold label (IML or IMD)
For critical safety applications and can not miss warnings embedded in the part. Decorative and Critical applications for sales, marketing, and branding.
Tight tolerances to precision molding.
Robotic install with static charge.
Secondaries design external and internal for proper label presentation and precise label placement through cameras.
Need to include Laser Etching.
1 million parts laser etched each year for the past 3 years at Thomson Plastics.
Robotics & part picking
In addition to linear actuation robotics, we have collaborative robotics in place from production to packaging.
Automation to get ahead of the labor shortage.
95% of our machines include robotics.
Ranging from 3 to 6 axis.
In-House personnel to design, install, customize and maintain robots including end-of-Arm Tooling.
Partnering with a 3rd party robotics group to stay on the leading edge of technology.
RJG master molders (Decoupling Process)
Qualification process used for Process Engineering, Tech., and Managers.
Multiple Master Molders certified throughout Organization.
Establish scientific processes that allow us to be competitive in the market with not just price but quality as well.
Troubleshooting problems and providing solutions.
Our expertise is our customers advantage.
We execute the visions of our Customer to bring them to a reality, on time through the focus of cross-functional teams meeting the Customer milestone steps.