According to the American Manufacturing Resurgence Poll, 48% of CEOs have restored some or all of their operations.

Reshoring refers to the process of bringing back manufacturing or other business operations to the domestic country from overseas locations. Transferring molds from Asia back to the United States has been a huge topic post-Covid.  In a post-COVID environment, reshoring can offer several benefits, particularly in light of the disruptions and challenges that the pandemic exposed in global supply chains. Here are some potential benefits of reshoring in a post-COVID world:

  • Supply Chain Resilience: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted vulnerabilities in global supply chains, as lockdowns, travel restrictions, and disruptions to transportation led to delays and shortages. Reshoring can help reduce dependence on distant suppliers and mitigate the risk of similar disruptions in the future, leading to greater supply chain
  • Reduced Lead Times: Shorter supply chains associated with reshoring can lead to reduced lead times, allowing companies to respond more quickly to changes in demand and market conditions. This agility is especially valuable in a rapidly changing post-pandemic business landscape.
  • Quality Control: When operations are brought closer to home, it becomes easier to implement and enforce stringent quality control This can lead to higher product quality, fewer defects, and improved customer satisfaction.
  • Innovation and Collaboration: Proximity to manufacturing operations fosters collaboration between different departments, such as design, engineering, and production. This can lead to increased innovation, as teams can work closely together to develop and refine products.
  • Trade Cost Savings: Reshoring can reduce or eliminate costs associated with international shipping, customs duties, and other trade-related expenses, potentially leading to cost savings for companies.
  • Risk Mitigation: Having production facilities in multiple geographic locations can diversify risks and reduce exposure to disruptions caused by localized events, such as natural disasters or geopolitical tensions.

It’s important to note that while reshoring offers various benefits, it may not be suitable for every industry or company. The decision to reshore should be based on a thorough analysis of factors such as cost, labor availability, skill sets, regulatory environment, market demand, and more. Reshoring is just one strategy that companies can consider as they adapt to the evolving global business landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on how Performance Plastics can assist in reshoring your mold, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at [email protected], or visit our website at


Expertise plays a vital role in precision injection molding. Precision injection molding involves the production of high-quality, complex, and intricate plastic parts with tight tolerances. It requires specialized knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve consistent and accurate results.

Here are some reasons why expertise is critical in precision injection molding:

  1. Tooling Design: Expertise in precision injection molding includes a deep understanding of tooling design. This involves designing molds with precise cavities, gates, runners, and cooling systems to ensure optimal part quality and dimensional accuracy.
  2. Material Selection: Knowledge about different types of plastic materials and their properties is crucial. Experts can select the most suitable material based on the specific requirements of the part, such as strength, flexibility, heat resistance, or chemical resistance. This helps in achieving the desired functionality and durability.
  3. Process Optimization: Injection molding experts have in-depth knowledge of process parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and injection speed. They can optimize these parameters to ensure consistent part quality, minimize defects like warping or sink marks, and reduce cycle times.
  4. Troubleshooting: Even with careful planning, issues can arise during the injection molding process. Expertise allows for effective troubleshooting and problem-solving. Experienced professionals can identify and resolve issues like air traps, short shots, flash, or dimensional variations, ensuring that the final parts meet the required specifications.
  5. Quality Assurance: Precision injection molding demands stringent quality control. Experts can develop and implement robust inspection and testing protocols to verify part dimensions, surface finish, and other critical parameters. This helps in maintaining consistent quality and meeting customer expectations.
  6. Cost Optimization: Expertise in precision injection molding can help in optimizing costs. By fine-tuning the process, reducing scrap rates, and minimizing cycle times, experts can enhance efficiency and reduce overall production costs.

Precision injection molding requires a high level of expertise to achieve accurate and consistent results. Performance Plastics possesses the knowledge and experience of experts in areas such as tooling design, material selection, process optimization, troubleshooting, quality assurance, and cost optimization are crucial for producing high-quality plastic parts with tight tolerances.

For more information on how Performance Plastics can offer expertise on your next Precision Injection Molding project, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at


In order to ensure the safety of medical devices, USP Class VI testing is required.  Developed by the United States Pharmacopeia, the Class VI test is a specific test conducted on medical devices to assess their biocompatibility.  It is designed to evaluate the potential adverse biological effects of the materials used in a medical device when they come into contact with living tissues or bodily fluids. Performance Plastics is proud to announce we have passed the test – we now offer material and process expertise.

The USP Class VI test is particularly important for medical devices that directly or indirectly interact with the human body, such as implants, surgical instruments, catheters, and tubing. The test helps to ensure that these devices are safe and do not cause harmful reactions or toxicity when used in clinical settings.

Here are a few key reasons why the USP Class VI test is conducted on medical devices:

  1. Patient Safety: The primary objective of the USP Class VI test is to ensure patient safety. By assessing the biocompatibility of the materials used in medical devices, it helps identify any potential risks or adverse reactions that may occur when the device is used in the human body.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: Compliance with regulatory standards is a crucial aspect of the medical device industry. Many regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), require medical device manufacturers to demonstrate the biocompatibility of their products. Conducting the USP Class VI test helps meet these regulatory requirements.
  3. Material Selection: The USP Class VI test aids in material selection for medical devices. It helps manufacturers evaluate different materials and determine which ones are the most suitable in terms of biocompatibility. This allows them to make informed decisions about the materials used in their devices, minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.
  4. Product Development and Improvement: The test is also valuable during the product development and improvement stages. By identifying any potential biocompatibility issues early on, manufacturers can modify or optimize their device design or materials to enhance safety and efficacy.
  5. Industry Standard: The USP guidelines are widely recognized and accepted within the medical device industry. Conducting the USP Class VI test demonstrates a commitment to quality and safety, providing confidence to healthcare professionals, regulatory bodies, and end-users.

It’s worth noting that the USP Class VI test is just one of several tests and evaluations conducted to assess the biocompatibility of medical devices. Other tests, such as cytotoxicity, sensitization, and irritation tests, may also be performed depending on the specific device and its intended use.

For more information on Class VI testing and how Performance Plastics can assist in certifying your medical device, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected], or visit our website at

A Mold flow analysis is a software simulation that can show how resin will fill the mold during the injection molding process. By understanding material fill, injection mold designers can better position gates, anticipate where knit lines will appear, and locate difficult-to-fill spots in the mold.

The predictive process of mold flow analysis can uncover design issues, save resources, allow for preemptive correction, speed up overall cycle time, and present your business with an abundance of benefits. Mold flow analysis is essential to ensure that a mold can produce the strongest and most consistent parts.

Here are our top six reasons why you should always perform a mold flow analysis:

  1. Optimization of Design

Without the investment of tooling or molding, all the what-if questions can be addressed ahead of time. Mold flow analysis can point out many concerns or production factors, including:

  • Material selection issues
  • Thickness/thinness problems
  • Structural concerns
  • Residual or structural stress issues
  • Filling concerns
  1. Quick & Immediate Decisions

With mold flow analyses, you can make immediate, informed decisions. These decisions can impact multiple areas of the process including:

  • Product design
  • Material and process selection
  • Tooling
  1. Optimization of Injection Molds and Tooling

You will have all the information upfront to make the most optimal choices in injection molds and tooling to create the perfect product. Mold flow analysis can show you everything you need:

  • The optimal gate locations
  • Balanced filling and packing
  • Cavity layout
  • The best cooling layouts
  • Structural and thermal analyses for tool life
  1. Trying Different Materials

You’re able to test out different materials and designs without building any prototype parts or tools. You can get virtual parts with a simulation as well, so you can have a full process simulation with minimal upfront investment.

  1. Optimize Overall Cycle Time

Mold flow analyses can optimize your overall cycle time by up to 10-30%. That reduction percentage on just one part can cancel out the cost of a complete flow analysis of multiple molded parts!

  1. Specification

Plastic parts can be optimized for exact machine specification, cycle time, cooling, DOE, and more, without reducing production time or putting any tools on molding machines; this can help improve your bottom-line profit.

The predictive process of mold flow analysis can uncover design issues, save resources, provide for preemptive correction, speed up overall cycle time, and present your business with an abundance of benefits.

Performance Plastics provides mold flow analysis to help your business improve manufacturing processes by saving time and money. For more information on how mold flow analysis can provide simplicity and quality to products, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected], or visit our website at



Micro injection molding is a specialized form of injection molding that is used to produce small, intricate parts with high precision and accuracy, It has gained significant attention in various industries, including medical devices, electronics, automotive, and aerospace/defense.  In recent years, several innovations have emerged in micro injection molding, improving its capabilities, and expanding its applications.

  • Advanced Tooling: Innovations in micro injection molding tooling have significantly contributed to improved part quality and increased production efficiency. High-precision molds with complex geometries and tight tolerances can now be manufactured using advanced machining techniques like micro-milling and electrical discharge machining (EDM). These techniques enable the creation of intricate features and microstructures in molds, producing highly detailed micro parts.
  • Material Selection: Micro injection molding has benefited from the development of new materials specifically designed for small-scale molding. These materials offer enhanced flow properties, dimensional stability, and improved mechanical properties. They include specialized engineering plastics such as high-temperature thermoplastics. The availability of a broader range of materials expands the potential applications of micro injection molding.
  • Process Monitoring and Control: The integration of advanced sensors and monitoring systems has improved the control and consistency of the micro injection molding process. Real-time monitoring of key process parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate, allows for better process optimization and early detection of issues. Closed-loop feedback systems can automatically adjust process parameters to maintain consistent part quality, reducing scrap rates and improving overall productivity.
  • Microfluidic Devices: Micro injection molding has found extensive use in the production of microfluidic devices, which are used in applications like medical diagnostics, chemical analysis, and drug delivery systems. Innovations in microfluidic design and fabrication techniques have enabled the integration of complex fluid channels, valves, and sensors into small, disposable devices. Micro injection molding provides a cost-effective and scalable manufacturing method for producing these devices with high precision and reproducibility.
  • Multi-Material and Overmolding: Recent innovations in micro injection molding have focused on enabling multi-material molding and over-molding processes. Multi-material molding allows for the integration of different materials or colors within a single micro part, expanding design possibilities and functionality. Overmolding, on the other hand, involves molding one material over another, creating bonded layers or adding soft-touch grips to parts. These capabilities enhance the versatility and aesthetics of micro-injection molded products.
  • These innovations in micro injection molding have expanded its capabilities, enabling the production of smaller, more complex parts with improved quality and functionality.

Micro injection molding is widely applied for parts and devices in medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, optical, and other industries. In general, the medical micro injection molding market is the leading one, due to an increase in the usage of sophisticated micro components for endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive treatments, and other advanced technology developments.

Performance Plastics are experts in precision injection molding.  We have developed proprietary tooling, unique metallurgy equipment, and processes that produce custom-molded plastics such as fluoropolymers, Ultem®, PEEK, and Torlon®.  We leverage our high-performance polymer expertise and technology to develop thermoplastic compounds and techniques to deliver the best possible results on our projects.

For more information on how micro molding can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at




A family mold is a mold that produces different parts using the same base.  There can be multiple cavities for different part numbers.  Family molds often have a building cost advantage over molds dedicated to a single part number.

A common usage is to combine two halves of housing into a family mold. Halves are purchased in sets which makes running them together a good option.  They don’t have to be run together, so a shut-off runner must be included which allows one or more cavities to be turned off during production.

Family molds are often more practical than dedicated molds with moderate production volumes, whereas dedicated multiple cavities would be more expensive.  But family mold layout design is demanding and requires experience when dealing with advanced materials.

There are big differences between the properties, processing methods, and applications of various advanced materials.  Engineers need to understand the properties of the materials when using a family mold.  All advanced materials have benefits and deficiencies, so this understanding is key to the success of a project.

The conditions encountered when forcing molten plastic through a mold’s sprues, runners, and gate change as the mold becomes larger, and more complex, which impacts the molding process and material quality.  Thermal variations within a family mold become more of a concern, increasing the risk of partially filled cavities as well as part deformation.

Performance Plastics are experts in precision injection molding.  We have developed proprietary tooling, unique metallurgy equipment, and processes that produce custom-molded plastics such as fluoropolymers, Ultem®, PEEK, and Torlon®.  We leverage our high-performance polymer expertise and technology to develop thermoplastic compounds and techniques to maximize your family mold and provide the best quality on your mold investment.

For more information on family molds and how they can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at


Injection molds are one of the most significant investments a manufacturer can make.  The lifespan of the injection mold depends on several factors; the design and construction of the mold, the type of material being molded, the operating conditions, and the maintenance practices employed.  Generally, high-quality molds are built to be durable and last for a significant period.  Below are some factors that affect the longevity of injection molds:

  • Operating Conditions – The conditions in which your injection mold operates have a corresponding effect on the lifespan of your mold. Will the mold be used in dirty or harsh environmental conditions?  Or is it run in a clean, sanitary environment? Dirt can take a toll on your mold.
  • Time between production runs – In general, the less time between runs the shorter the lifespan of your mold will be. The result of less time between runs is that molds may be less likely to get full mold maintenance between each cycle.
  • Cycle times – Longer, slower cycle times can be less taxing on your molds, which in turn may help them last longer. The length of your cycle time is largely dependent on elements of your design, including wall thickness, as well as design complexity.
  • Injection mold material – The materials used to create your mold will also play a role in its longevity. Aluminum molds, for instance, won’t last as long as their steel counterparts. The materials being molded also play a role in longevity, as some materials will be harder on molds than others.

It’s important to mention that the lifespan of an injection mold is not solely determined by the number of cycles but also by the overall condition and functionality of the mold.  Factors such as wear, damage, and changes in the molding material or production requirements can necessitate repairs.

Performance Plastics are experts in precision injection molding.  We have developed proprietary tooling, unique metallurgy equipment, and processes that produce custom-molded plastics such as fluoropolymers, Ultem®, PEEK, and Torlon®.  We leverage our high-performance polymer expertise and technology to develop thermoplastic compounds and techniques to maximize your mold and provide the best ROI on your mold investment.


Torlon is a high-performance polymer that is often used in precision industrial applications due to its exceptional mechanical and thermal properties. It is a brand name for polyamide-imide (PAI), a thermoplastic material that exhibits excellent strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability.

Here are some key characteristics and advantages of Torlon in precision industrial applications:

  1. High Strength and Stiffness: Torlon has a high strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional rigidity, making it suitable for applications that require structural integrity and resistance to deformation under heavy loads.
  2. Dimensional Stability: Torlon maintains its dimensional stability even under elevated temperatures, which is crucial in precision applications where tight tolerances and accurate fit are required. It has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, reducing the risk of dimensional changes due to temperature fluctuations.
  3. Chemical Resistance: Torlon is highly resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, solvents, fuels, and oils. This chemical resistance makes it suitable for applications in chemical processing, oil and gas, and other industries where exposure to corrosive substances is a concern.
  4. High-Temperature Resistance: Torlon retains its mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, with a glass transition temperature (Tg) of approximately 280°C (536°F) and a melting point of around 310°C (590°F). This thermal stability allows it to perform reliably in high-temperature environments.
  5. Low Friction and Wear Resistance: Torlon exhibits excellent tribological properties, including low friction and wear resistance. This makes it suitable for applications that involve sliding or rotating components, such as bearings, bushings, and wear pads.
  6. Electrical Insulation: Torlon is an excellent electrical insulator, offering high dielectric strength and low electrical conductivity. It is often used in electrical and electronic components where insulation and electrical performance are critical.
  7. Machinability: Torlon is known for its machinability, allowing it to produce complex shapes and precise components. It can be easily machined using conventional machining techniques, including milling, turning, drilling, and grinding.

Due to its exceptional properties, Torlon is commonly found in industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, oil and gas, chemical processing, and various other high-performance applications that demand precision, reliability, and durability.

For more information on Torlon or how a high-performance polymers can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at

Gaskets, seals, and poppets are key components of industrial applications used to seal joints, limit vibration, and prevent leaks.  They serve critical functions, so it is essential to choose the correct material for the application.  Performance Plastics has a thorough understanding of high-performance thermoplastics including PEEK, PFA, FEP, Torlon, and Ultem to create reliable, better sealing, longer wearing, and more cost-efficient components.

When choosing a material, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure the material is correct for the application.

  • Temperature – material must withstand the entire design temperature range.
  • Pressure – material must withstand the entire pressure range.
  • Corrosion Resistance – material should not corrode when it encounters fluids or by environmental exposure.
  • Product Standards
  • Industry Standards

The materials need to have good flexibility, low density, and high tensile strength.  It also needs to have resistance to chemicals, internal pressure, durability, and adhesion with itself and the surfaces they touch.

It is important to understand the requirements of the particular application before making a material selection.  Our CT scanning metrology service allows us to offer the best in advanced measurement science.  Gaskets, seals, and poppets must be measured to deliver and maintain their seals for an acceptable period against all the operational forces present.

Performance Plastics’ team of experienced engineers possess the expertise to design and manufacture technically challenging projects and offer complex solutions within any industry. With the ability to hold tight tolerances (+/- .001”) in injection molding operations, we are exceptionally well-equipped to serve the Oil & Gas, Fluid Management, and HVAC industries.

For more information on how Performance Plastics can assist in your material selection challenges, please contact Rich Reed, VP of Sales & Marketing at 513.321.8404 or [email protected]


Plastics can be considered high-performance for a variety of reasons.  The specific application and the performance criteria are the most important.  Here are some characteristics that can contribute to a resin being classified as a high-performance plastic.

  1. Strength and durability: Many plastics are engineered (fiber reinforced) to be extremely strong and durable, with high tensile strength and resistance to wear, tear, and impact. This can make them well-suited for applications where mechanical stress is a concern. Examples include Torlon PAI and PEEK.
  2. Temperature resistance: Certain plastics are highly resistant to chemical corrosion or degradation, which can make them ideal for use in harsh environments or with corrosive substances. Examples include fluoropolymers such as PFA with a melting point of 581 degrees F.
  3. Electrical properties: Some plastics have excellent electrical insulation properties, making them ideal for use in electronics or other electrical applications. Examples include fluoropolymers such as FEP.
  4. Lightweight: Many plastics are lightweight, which can make them ideal for applications where weight is a concern, such as the aerospace, medical, or industrial markets.
  5. Versatility: Plastics can be easily injection molded into a wide variety of complex shapes and sizes, which can make them versatile and useful in a wide range of applications.

Overall, high-performance plastics can be custom designed to meet specific performance criteria and offer a wide range of benefits depending on the application.

For more information on high-performance plastics or other Performance Plastics services, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or call 440-785-7122.