Structural Foam Molder- FWP adds Manager

Bobby Bizwell has joined the FWP team as Plant Manager. Bobby comes to FWP after previous managerial and plant supervisory roles at Tokheim Corporation and Lincoln Manufacturing in Fort Wayne. Bobby has an A.S. degree in Industrial Technology from Ivy Tech Community College.

A Rieves, TN native, Bobby enjoys spending his free time with his daughter, reading the Bible, fishing and making trips home to Tennessee.

Fort Wayne Plastics is a leader in structural foam molding and structural web molding with close to forty years in business. Fort Wayne Plastics has nine low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding presses with capabilities of up to 150 lb. shot.  In addition to structural foam molding, FWP is a viable technical resource for plastic conversion opportunities and new product development. FWP also has a 70,000 + square foot warehouse and secondary assembly capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Addition to the FWP Team

Rebecca Fortman has joined Fort Wayne Plastics as a Plant Accountant.

Rebecca graduated from Huntington University with a degree in Accounting & Business Administration. She has 10+ years manufacturing industry understanding in addition to experience in public accounting, customer relations, and engineering software sales management. Rebecca and her husband John are Fort Wayne area natives. In her free time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family & friends in addition to camping, reading, and horseback riding.Fort Wayne Plastics is a leader in structural foam molding and structural web molding with close to forty years in business.Fort Wayne Plastics has nine low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding presses with capabilities of up to 150 lb. shot.  In addition to structural foam molding, FWP is a viable technical resource for plastic conversion opportunities and new product development. FWP also has a 70,000 + square foot warehouse and secondary assembly capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FWP – Structural Foam Molder – ISO 9001-2008

FWP is pleased to announce the successful completion of FWP’s ISO 9001-2008 surveillance audit. The surveillance audit, conducted by Perry Johnson Registrars Inc., was performed in May 2013, without findings or non-compliant discoveries.

FWP has been an ISO registered company since 2011 and is annually audited by Perry Johnson Registrars.  In 2014, FWP’s annual review will consist of a comprehensive re-certification audit.

FWP’s ongoing commitment and disciplined approach to ISO along with a comprehensive Quality Management System have shown continuous marked improvements in all areas since inception.

Fort Wayne Plastics is a leader in structural foam molding and structural web molding with close to forty years in business.

Fort Wayne Plastics has nine low pressure multi-nozzle injection molding presses with capabilities of up to 150 lb. shot.  In addition to structural foam molding, FWP is a viable technical resource for plastic conversion opportunities and new product development. FWP also boasts a 70,000 + square foot warehouse and secondary assembly capability.

Markets and Product Applications for Low Pressure Multi Nozzle Structual Foam Molding

Fort Wayne Plastics is a leading custom structural foam molder located strategically in the heart of the Midwest.
The process of low pressure, multi nozzle structural foam molding is the manufacturing molding process of choice for application requirements in which high strength to part weight is critical.
Structural foam molding allows for the injection molding of thick wall parts with the addition of a foaming agent. In order to produce a thicker wall part, a small amount of nitrogen or chemical blowing agent is injected into the plastic material. Under pressure within the injection screw and barrel, the foaming agent does not expand. When the melted plastic enters the mold cavity and core, the foaming process occurs. As the foamed plastic fills the mold, the wall of the part hardens against aluminum mold wall. A thin layer forms a skin structure that is supported by the foamed inner core.

The product choices are virtually endless and span a myriad of industries. Structural foam molding is widely utilized in the material handling industry; plastic pallets, knockdown containers, trays, totes, carts, etc. From a variety of drainage and water filtration applications to lawn and garden, to medical industry uses structural foam molding provides product designers with lots of choices and design flexibility.
Other industries that utilize structural foam molding include building products, transportation, agriculture, recreation, HVAC, marine, furniture, just to list a few.
Structural foam molding and gas assist structural web molding offers a number of advantages including lower cost aluminum molds, multiple parts per shot, material and part recycling and overall durability and strength.
FWP has nine structural foam presses and more than 35 years of experience in low pressure multi nozzle structural foam molding and gas assist structural web molding

Polypropylene

Polypropylene

Polypropylene is a very common material molded at Fort Wayne Plastics. Polypropylene resin is regularly utilized in both low pressure, multi-nozzle, structural foam and gas assist structural web injection molding process formats. Polypropylene is widely used in returnable material handling products, medical applications and many other product applications that require toughness.

Polypropylene is a commonly recycled material and is recognized with the number “5” as its recycling identifier.

Polypropylene Plastic Properties:

At higher temperatures, PP is resistant to stress and cracking, as well as chemical solvents, bases, and acids. Standard polypropylene has a melting point of 320°F (160°C) and possesses an outstanding balance of mechanical properties, melt flow, color stability, and moisture barrier properties.

General Information:

  • Specific Gravity -  .90
  • Tensile Strength- 3500 – 4000 psi
  • Elongation :  8%
  • Deflection Temperature   -  87 C / 189 F
  • Flammability, UL 94   HB

 

Advantages of Polypropylene Plastic Include:

  • High temperature resistance
  • Good resistance to fatigue
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • High dielectric strength

 

sales@fortwayneplastics.com or call us 260.432.2250 for inquiries regarding low pressure, multi- nozzle injection molding of structural foam and structural web products.

Fort Wayne Plastics Announces New Additions to Management Team

John J. Young has joined Fort Wayne Plastics, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Young replaces the former CFO, Ray Linkhart, who retired from FWP after 34 years of service.

John graduated from Indiana University at Fort Wayne with a degree in accounting in 1995.  He is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in public accounting, banking, agriculture, and transportation. John and his wife Barbara have four young boys. In addition to raising children John is active with Church, charitable organizations and youth sports. In his free time John enjoys spending time with family, friends, hunting, fishing, and summers at the lake. 

 

Jessica Ginter joins FWP as our new Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Jessica brings 11 years of sales and marketing experience to FWP with expertise in campaign development and interactive marketing.  She attended Indiana University with a focus on communications and business and has spent the majority of her career in radio.  Jessica will be responsible for pricing, key account management, project management, new product development and interactive marketing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Product Launch

Fort Wayne Plastics is happy to announce the successful completion of a trial run of sample product for a new FWP customer.

FWP is always honored to partner with customers to mold their low pressure, multi -nozzle injection molded plastic parts. We value new and ongoing relationships and understand our services ultimately add value to our customer’s offerings.

We work very closely with our customers to effectively manage the implementation or transition of a new product into the fold of our molding operation.The FWP management professionals operate as a cross functional team with the aid of a lead project manager to assess and address all aspects associated with the successful transition of a new customer program. FWP technical resources work with the customer to meet and exceed expectations in all areas. In addition to part molding and mold-ability performance issues; procurement, scheduling, tool and material management, quality, shipping, and possible FWP warehousing plans are established during the early stages of a new tool build or existing tool transition.

FWP is proud to work with all of our customers and we deeply appreciate and recognize the importance of FWP’s role in our customers’ success in the marketplace.

Logistics

Advantage FWP

Fort Wayne Plastics speaks a great deal about our people, equipment and superior customer service as key differentiators in our ability to attract and retain customers.   The FWP facility is over 170,000 square-feet in size and almost half of the square footage is dedicated to our warehouse. The large space enables the under roof warehousing of FWP customer’s products.  FWP’s ability to mold and stage larger quantities is a key variable in determining molding run sizes and allows for more economical runs which aids in allowing Fort Wayne Plastics to arrive at the best piece part price. 

FWP is a service provider that blends systems, prudent business practices, facility attributes and flexibility to offer our customers solutions for molding, warehousing and distribution intent upon promoting our customer’s success in the marketplace.

FWP Customer Service

Meet Judy Koontz; Judy has been the voice on the phone for many years as Fort Wayne Plastics’ Customer Service Manager. Judy began with Fort Wayne Plastics in 1982 and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and represents FWP as the first point of contact with customer issues. Judy not only has electronic tools to access information quickly to answer questions and provide solutions but is backed up by a cross functional team of FWP managers devoted to customer satisfaction.

Superior customer service is a strategic goal for FWP and
has proven to be a key differentiator in todays’ marketplace. FWP’s superior
service is backed by organization-wide strategies and investments in people,
systems and tools to for delivering on the service promise.

• MRP SYSTEM provides instant access to inventory, scheduling, shipping, etc.

• Single point of contact conversant in all aspects of FWP’s services

• Committed to same day order acknowledgement.

• In compliance with our ISO certification improvement activities, FWP continually surveys its customer base for performance evaluation and ideas for FWP to improve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Structural Web Molding

Structural-web molding technology is a low pressure process
that creates controlled internal hollow channels in parts that increase
stiffness and strength while saving material and cycle time. It can be
performed on the same multi-nozzle, low-pressure injection machines utilized
for structural foam.

To compare with structural foam molding, a process in which nitrogen
gas is injected into the extruder barrel and mixed into the melt to produce a
part with a solid skin and cellular core; structural web injects nitrogen gas through
special polymer/gas nozzles directly into the mold. The result is a solid skin
with hollow thick sections such as structural ribs.

The web process produces a smoother surface finish than
structural foam with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Unlike
structural foam, structural web molded parts do not contain the characteristic
swirls on the part surface. Coupled with the advantages of the low pressure
multi-nozzle format; structural web allows for high quality appearance parts
which can be physically large and/or multiple parts able to be manufactured in
one shot.

The structural web molding process is favorable to other
molding processes due to the lower internal stresses to the part and lack of
sinks. Additionally, structural web molding lends itself to increased design
flexibility along with lower clamp tonnages and lower cost aluminum tools.