Our Modern Product Manufacturing Process
Our manufacturing processes are mostly injection moulding and associated processes. We currently operate machines ranging from 35 to 450 tonnes. In order to stay abreast of injection mouldings constantly emerging technologies, our most recent machine additions have been all electric, state of the art machines with every bell and whistle imaginable.
FT processes are highly strategic. Everything we do focuses on quality injection moulded outcomes. We firmly believe that if you carefully control what goes into a process, you can be very confident in the outcome. This is why we go to great lengths to determine and control tool temperatures, and the moisture content of our polymers. It is also why we have invested so significantly in material moisture analysis equipment.
Our moulding machines are monitored regularly and quality control checks performed frequently by qualified personnel. This level of focus helps explain why our quality rating is currently and consistently at 97%. All our machines are modern, well maintained and capable of high quality production outcomes.
We are well versed with the concepts of scientific moulding as well as the associated statistical work that goes into understanding a good moulding outcome. We can also perform designed experiments and various in-depth process analyses such as SPC analysis.
Forme Technologies can mould some of the most difficult and sophisticated engineering polymers on a daily basis with minimal scrap rates. See the FAQ’s down below for a full list of the materials we use.
Forme Technologies has a wealth of knowledge on moulding for electroplated applications. This involves new materials and an even greater level of part scrutiny and control.
We manufacture according to programmed production schedules, which are often linked to customer Kanban requirements in Australia and overseas.
What is Plastic Injection Moulding?
Plastic Injection Moulding is the manufacturing process we use to mass produce complex or simple plastic parts. Heated plastic is pressured into a mould to form different parts and products. The process requires a moulding machine where plastic granules are poured into a hopper and are then heated through the machine and injected into a pressured mould, often called a tool. For over 20 years, we have earned an excellent reputation in comprehensive plastic injection moulding services.
What materials do you use?
Most products we develop require a high level of engineering input, which means we specify the best engineering materials available. We work with commodity plastics and exotically engineered materials. Some materials are unique to us in Australia. We regularly use and specify materials that are either UL compliant or conform to the ISO 10993 certification for medical and food applications. The materials we use include:
PI – polyimide
PEI – polyetherimide
PEEK – polyetheretherketone
PSU – polysulphone
PC – polycarbonate
PPO – polyphenyleneoxide
PET-G – polyethylene terephalate (glycol modified)
PMMA – polymethylmethacrylate (acrylic)
POM – polyoxymethylene (acetal)
ABS – acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
PC-ABS – polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
PP – polypropylene
PE – polyethylene
What is your Quality Assurance?
We have built an excellent reputation for achieving superb quality on every project, no matter how unique, unusual or complex. We are ranked in the top percentile for quality and delivery standards with our local and international customers. While we are currently an ISO 9001 accredited business, we have recently decided to pursue the ISO 13485 accreditation – the recommended standard for manufacture in the medical industry.
Do you support low volume manufacturing?
Yes, we support both high and low volume manufacturing.
Are you green?
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and making ongoing improvements in the way we run our business. More than half our operation is now powered by solar energy and conditioned by a new power factor correction system.
What are the costs involved in a manufacturing projects?
The cost of manufacturing will depend on the complexity of the project. We go to great lengths to specify and cost manufacturing according to customer budgets and to maximise the product yields and net return on investments.