May 25, 2021

(Cincinnati, OH) Performance Plastics – Problem Solved – today announced the launch of its newly designed website to provide customers more relevant and easier to find information on thermoplastic high-performance polymers for the aerospace, medical and diversified industrial markets.

Since 1982, Performance Plastics, has partnered with its customers to leverage the performance advantages of high temperature thermoplastics. We have extensive experience injection molding materials such as Peek, Torlon, various fluoropolymers (e.g. PFA, FEP, PVDF, ETFE, etc.) and other high performance thermoplastic compounds.  Further, our company is one of the few able to injection mold fluoropolymers using 8 cavity, high volume molds with hot runner systems to produce thin-walled intricate parts.

The purpose behind the new look and feel of the Performance Plastics website is to provide innovative resources and information to clients. The website provides information and news that illustrate that Performance Plastics is at the forefront of industry trends and technology.

The new website features a comprehensive ecommerce portal for our EnduroSharp® patented line of Torlon® Aircraft maintenance tools.  The ecommerce application features a convenient user-friendly shopping experience which includes 24/7 service, order tracking, order history with reorder functionality.

“This new website for Performance Plastics properly aligns with our company vision for growth and expansion in the future.” – Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Performance Plastics.

Performance Plastics is a custom precision injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components. We specialize in geometrically complex precision parts that consist of chemically inert materials.



Computed Tomography Measures Tighter Tolerances

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Plastic injection molding continues to become more and more sophisticated with part tolerances becoming tighter and tighter. Initially, tight tolerance was defined as +/-.002 inches (0.0508 mm) and a very tight tolerance is +/-.001 inches (0.0254 mm) But today there are many factors that impact tight tolerance including part complexity and size, resin selection, tooling, and process conditions. So, getting the mold, part design, material selection and process correct is crucial when working with a product that requires tight tolerances.

Tight tolerances are essential when manufacturing complex parts, especially in the aerospace & defense, medical & life sciences, and diversified industrial sectors.  A few thousandths of an inch can be the difference between a component that fits and one that does not – if tight tolerances are not achieved properly the resulting products may underperform. So, it is critical that clients understand tight tolerances and their underlying objectives. Performance Plastics has parts in production that are +/-.0004 inches (0.01016 mm). Parts are measured in their Metrology lab with a CT Scanner. Engineers use Zeiss metrology equipment to analyze every aspect of parts and the problem at hand, not just the data on the part dimensions and the dimensional tolerances.

Benefits of Tight Tolerances

There are many benefits to manufacturing parts with tight tolerances. It ensures that parts work together smoothly and fit as intended in their final form; parts mesh well and deliver enhanced functionality.   They produce lower failure rates and result in higher client satisfaction. Tight tolerances can also result in fewer post-molding processing requirements.  Additionally, tight tolerances allow for parts to be transitioned from metal to plastic, reducing overall weight and cost of the final product. This can be very advantageous in some industries, such as aerospace and defense.

Design for Tight Tolerances

Not every plastic injection molding project requires tight tolerances, and some organizations insist on tight tolerances for non-critical features.  Tight tolerance should only be required in instances where they are critical.  Many products require standard tolerancing because the consequences of failure are low.  As a general rule, designers should keep tolerances as large as possible while maintaining the desired functionality of the part.

Materials for Tight Tolerances

Additionally, material selection is a critical element in achieving tight tolerances.  Certain resins perform better under certain circumstances.  An experienced design engineer can guide a client in choosing the most affordable material that will deliver the best result.  So, it’s critical to bring in an experienced team early in the design process.

By engaging a production team during the design phase, part functionality, material selection and design can be discussed upfront, and the team can jointly develop a manufacturing process and correct materials that will produce high-precision components. It is crucial for organizations to partner with an experienced injection molder, who has expertise; the design and manufacturing teams should be integrated to allow manufacturability issues to be identified and addressed during the design process – thus saving significant time and unnecessary cost.

Establishing the right process and correct materials for each product and developing repeatability are key to manufacturing tight tolerance parts. While every application is different, there are some process and material conditions that impact tolerances. For example, quick cavity filling and uniform cooling at the desired temperature are conditions that are crucial to achieving repeatability, and thus, parts with tight tolerances.


Posted from Metrology News – April 8, 2021

Performance Plastics LLC is pleased to announce the renewal of our ISO 9001:2015 certification, valid from March 2021 through March 2024. The ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Quality Management System is applicable to all our processes including development, sales, production, service and after sales.

At Performance Plastics, our Quality Policy revolves around ensuring that requirements are met while continually improving our Quality Management System. Creating customer satisfaction is our number one goal. The ISO 9001 standard is based on several quality management principals including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implementation of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. ISO 9001 ensures that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn ensures your satisfaction. Each of our custom projects receives the same attention to quality.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH has over 30 years’ experience in molding tight tolerance advanced plastics such as Fluoropolymers (FEP/PFA Torlon, Peek & Ultem) for many industries. We have developed proprietary processes enabling injection molding of parts that are thin walled, with tight dimensional tolerances, and complex geometries. For more information and solutions, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 513-321-8404 or email [email protected].

Performance Plastics Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Fawley to Automation Technician.  Brandon has been with Performance Plastics for over 19 years in several roles, most recently as a 1st Shift Process Technician.  Brandon will have responsibility overseeing and maintaining our electrical and automation assets.

“Brandon has been with Performance Plastics through our growth and has extensive tribal knowledge second to none,” said Chris Lawson, , Chief Operating Officer.  “Shifting Brandon to this new role is a statement of our commitment to expand our capabilities, increase efficiency provide our customers with the excellent service they expect from an industry leader. We are excited that Brandon has accepted the challenge of a new role.”

Brandon Fawley is a native of Goshen, OH and attended Goshen High School as well as the Live Oaks Vocational program where he received his degree in Engineering Technologies and Robotics. He has acquired extensive experience by working within many departments within our organization and possesses valuable knowledge of the workings of our proprietary processes and automation technology.

Brandon stated, “I look forward to helping Performance Plastics continue to exceed customers’ expectations by providing the highest level of quality, as well as working with my new supervisor Jake Edwards.  Jake is a great guy and I look forward to learning from the best”.

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.

Clean Room

Performance Plastics Ltd – is pleased to announce the addition of new high-performance equipment and a new clean room environment.

Milacron Fanuc S450iA – High Speed Press -The Next Generation of Artificial Intelligence in injection Molding Machine.  Named the “Roboshot”, it features a high precision, reliable molding capability.  It is designed for cleanrooms and molding environments that demand precise process control, high speed injection and consistent reliability.

Yushin 0B7 Collaborative Robot – Features productivity, accuracy and safety. It is the next generation of collaborative robots.  Equipped with safety sensors, is can work at high speeds performing complex automation jobs.

Terra Universal Cleanroom – Features Whisper Flow Technology, our 10 x 20 custom soft wall cleanroom is configured with ceiling grid lights and fans/filters.

“The investment in the two new pieces of equipment and clean room environment expands our capacity to produce high volume, technically challenging parts for our customers” stated Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “We aspire to be the best not the biggest and become an invaluable customer resource in solving our customers engineering challenges”.

Performance Plastics Ltd offers high-performance injection molding thermoplastic expertise featuring tight tolerances and thin walled part geometries.  The industries we serve include aerospace/defense, medical and industrial applications. For more information, please visit our website at

Tara CollinsPerformance Plastics Ltd is pleased to announce the addition of a new Quality Manager, Tara Collins.  Tara joins Performance Plastics with over 15 years’ experience working with manufacturers who offer highly engineered products that require complete conformance.  Tara will have responsibility for our continued exceedingly high-quality standards.

“Tara brings a wealth of experience in ISO Standards, quality management systems (QMS) and an overall quality customer experience to our company,” said Chis Lawson, Chief Operating Officer for Performance Plastics.  “The addition of Tara as a quality leader is a statement of our continuing commitment to provide our customers with the excellent service, they expect from an industry leader. We are excited that Tara has joined our team and look forward to continued growth.”

Tara Collins brings with her extensive quality management knowledge as well as a demonstrated history of working in machinery, chemicals and the medical device industry. She brings knowledge from working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Quality Auditing, Medical Devices, Quality Management, Validation and Business Process Improvement. Additionally, she is a strong information technology professional with a RABQSA, Medical Device Management focused in ISO13485. Requirements TPECS from BSI Training.  She is a Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015, as well as Certified in Lean Manufacturing with a proven history of effective continual improvements through directing Kaizen events.

Tara stated, “I look forward to helping Performance Plastics continue to exceed customers’ expectations by providing the highest level of quality, as we grow this business”.

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.


Performance Plastics adds the Nutplate Abrasion Tool “NAT” kit to the EnduroSharp® Product line.  The rugged NAT case comes with a high-density custom foam insert for easy inventory and protection. Nutplate Abrasion Tool, “NAT” kit consist of 1 aluminum upper handle (top), 1 aluminum lower handle (base) and 4 nutplate base inserts (CR3, CR4, CR5, and CR6). Each nutplate base insert requires use with abrasive pads. The NAT kit is used to safely abrade bond surfaces of CR series adhesively bonded nutplates.

For more information about our NAT Kit or to place an order contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or [email protected]

Covid-19 has impacted our world in more ways than one. The ability to keep your office, workspace, and your whole environment sanitized has increased greatly. The use of cleaning supplies for sanitation increases depending on the type of surface that you are sanitizing. Some surfaces are more porous than others needing to be sanitized more often to maintain a clean environment. At Performance Plastics, we deal with different types of plastics every day, making us experts in various materials that excel in a clean environment.

The type of material a product is made from is a big factor when keeping a clean environment. We have a wide array of high-performance plastics to choose from for your product, however, our go to material for clean environments is always Fluoropolymers. Fluoropolymers are virtually impervious to chemical, enzyme and microbiological attacks while eliminating biodegradation issues. The non-stick properties of these polymers reduce adhesion, making it the perfect surface for clean environments. The ability to keep liquids, gel, powder and other contaminates from sticking to the surface is what makes fluoropolymers safe for clean environments. There are various types of fluoropolymers such as PTFE, PFA, and FEP. Each polymer has their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to various applications.

For more information on Fluoropolymers, contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or [email protected].

Performance Plastics adds the C-130 Prop Hub Adhesive Removal Kit to the EnduroSharp® Product line.  The EnduroSharp® C-130 Prop Hub Adhesive Removal Kit is used to safely remove adhesive from the propeller system.  The Kit comes complete with a case of custom foam inserts that contain: 2  pneumatic tools, 1 Class I, Division 2 flash light, 1 contoured sharpening fixture (requires 120 – 180 grit abrasive paper, sold separately) and 4 EnduroSharp® Torlon® Scraper Blades (2 each left hand and 2 each right hand).

Performance Plastics is excited to offer this new kit to our customers.  If you have any questions please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or [email protected]

Having a mold made is a big investment for an OEM or brand owner of any size—a large enough outlay that it needs to be reliable the first time, every time. And once the tool is built and passes all tests, it’s up to the molder to ensure reliable parts are made on every cycle.

Truth be told, some molders are not able to use these tools effectively, devaluing this significant and time-intensive investment. At Performance Plastics in Cincinnati, we frequently see customers looking to transfer their molds because their previous molder couldn’t achieve production goals with the tool.

Why Transfer?

The main reason for transferring a mold comes down to the molder’s expertise. Generally, when a mold is transferred it’s because part consistency is missing. Even if the molder makes improvements, the customer has to be able to trust its expertise and ability to solve problems right off the bat. A box of bad parts results first in a loss of confidence, followed by a lost order. There’s a saying: You only have one chance to make a good impression.

At least half of Performance Plastics’ current client relationships started out with a mold transfer, including a tool that makes 1 million critical parts per year. With the previous molder, that customer was not getting consistent production and was worried that its products would fail in the field.

The Handoff

Like so many others, that million-part customer initially reached out to Performance Plastics to discuss mold transfer. But the first step in the process actually isn’t packing the mold into a crate and shipping it to our Cincinnati offices. The first step is defining the problem.

At least half of Performance Plastics’ current client relationships started out with a mold transfer

Before a company can understand why it’s not getting the type of product that it needs, it must know what it wants out of its finished product and what it should be able to do. Ask yourself: Do you know exactly what your product is and what it offers? Do you know all of its critical operations? You cannot have a solution without a clearly defined goal.

For example, your customer might need “Diameter A” to be perfect. However, production of the mold was driven more by another product feature.

Any qualified molder knows that it must understand what’s important to its customer and whether or not the customer is getting it out of the product. Define the problem; don’t just identify the symptoms.

Once the tool arrives, look at the project holistically and try to determine whether the problems described by the customer are related to the tooling, processing or molding capabilities of the prior molder. Review the tool completely, verifying tool steel, venting, cooling channels and any other pertinent aspects.

Once you have the mold in the press, utilize scientific injection molding principles to develop a process and set up the process-control variables to ensure that process is “locked in.” In some cases, the previous molders didn’t use a robust approach in working with the tool and just missed something. We’ve had some success at Performance Plastics identifying these types of mishaps by using our industrial computed tomography (CT) scanning equipment. By rotating the part 360° and using X-rays to create a precise 3D model, industrial CT scanning allows us to see the inner workings of a part without having to destroy it for inspection.

In addition to the application of scientific injection molding principles, use a design of experiments (DOE) to ensure you have identified the pertinent process-control variables and their limits. DOE is a branch of applied statistics that deals with the planning, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting of controlled tests to evaluate the factors that control the value of a parameter or group of parameters. At Performance Plastics, we use software that allows us to dial in and predict tolerances as they relate to process changes. DOE is a powerful data-collection and analysis tool that can be used in a variety of experimental situations. You need to know how multiple varying factors in a design interrelate and affect the results that you believe are important.

The Transfer Process

While transferring a mold from one supplier to another usually takes between two and six weeks, our experience has revealed it can actually be accomplished in as little as three days. Our engineering team works with the customer and its engineering department from the start to identify issues after the mold arrives.

At Performance Plastics, we have three in-house toolmakers that can handle mold modifications to correct errors and create fixtures and robotic end effectors if needed. In many circumstances, the prior molder and mold designer did not plan for adequate venting or they sized the mold to a poor process. After our trial runs, we are able to use our expertise in metrology to identify the best course of action.

We have a saying at Performance Plastics, “It’s not tight-tolerance unless you can measure it.” Once we know what we need to change, we work with our toolmakers to implement the plan. A lot of the timing revolves around the customer’s ability to supply its own clients. Since the mold is already in use and contracts have been signed, customers need to keep up their inventory of parts to meet demand, all while working to transfer the mold to another supplier who can use it more effectively.

We understand that it’s a painful process to transfer tools and switch suppliers. That said, we’ve handled more than 150 mold transfers over the years and know how to make the transition as seamless and painless as possible.

About the Authors:

Anthony Malone is VP of technology for Performance Plastics Ltd., a Cincinnati-based custom molder. With more than 25 years of experience in thermoplastics, Malone’s expertise extends into resin selection, part design and mold design. He works extensively with customers early in the product-design cycle to optimize part performance, manufacturability and life-cycle customer costs based on his extensive knowledge of advanced manufacturing techniques. Contact: [email protected].

Chris Lawson is COO of Performance Plastics and has more than 20 yr of experience with PPL. He started as a process engineer and then advanced through roles in quality, safety and manufacturing before assuming overall responsibility for operations. Lawson has specialized knowledge in the areas of automation (for production and inspection), vision systems, high-temperature polymers, process optimization and employee training. Contact: [email protected].


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