Performance Plastics continues to add more capabilities that allow them to push the limits of tolerance control. A 165 Ton Sodick GL150A with Ultra-Precision Repeatability, was just installed at Performance Plastics facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 165 Ton Sodick GL150A, achieves high speeds and pressures up to 500mm/sec and 49,700 psi. High response injection is one of the most important characteristics in critical molding applications. The machine’s low mass/ low inertia plunger is directly responsible for its quick deceleration and ultra-precision control. The exceptional speed of the controller provides real time response during injection and records the melt cushion in 0.001″ for accurate process stabilization. This new Sodick machine will allow Performance Plastics to continue to push the limits of High Precision Molding with their “Problem Solved” approach. Below are some of the features this machine provides:

    • Up to 500 mm/sec 19.69”/sec) speed
    • Up to 343 MPa (49,750 psi) pressure
    • High dosing accuracy combined with an ultra-repeatable process
    • Quick response in injection acceleration & deceleration
    • Reduced shear melt vs traditional Injection Molding Screws
    • Shot usage from 10% of total shot or less vs 20% for traditional Injection Molding Process
    • Backflow prevention

“Performance Plastics has been a targeted prospect for Sodick Injection Molding machines by Plustech Inc. for some time due to a similar mindset. High temperature materials, complex geometry applications, along with micro “feature” parts can be difficult if the right machinery and personnel are not in place. Once both of our engineering teams collaborated on a challenging application it was then when we began our relationship. Performance is a company that has the capabilities to work on the high end of the technology curve and we look forward to continue to work and grow with the Performance Plastics team.” Len Hampton, Sodick National Sales Manager

“Purchasing the Sodick GL150, was an easy choice for us. We have worked with Sodick for several years. Their sales staff knew we were looking for a machine to take our abilities to the next level. The GL150 gives us that, increasing our maximum pressure by 33% over our current capabilities. Sodick provided our team with extensive training, making sure this new technology was fully implemented within our systems and facility. The Sodick GL150 gives us one additional tool in our arsenal to push our limits and to create solutions for our customers.” Chris Lawson, Performance Plastics, Chief Operating Officer

About Performance Plastics
Performance Plastics is a Cincinnati based precision injection molder founded in 1982. Performance Plastics design and manufacture injection molded parts made with ultra-high-performance plastics, specializing in complex geometries and tight tolerances for critical applications. For more information visit or contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or

Industrial CT Scanning can help during multiple manufacturing stages

CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 30, 2019 ― Performance Plastics is pleased to announce a new service that helps round out its offering: industrial computed tomography (CT) scanning.

Performance Plastics CT Scan ServicesIndustrial CT scanning gives customers access to the inner workings of a part without having to destroy the original. The scanner rotates the part 360 degrees and uses X-rays to create a precise 3D model. This allows for a thorough analysis of object dimensions, porosity, wall thickness, assembly defects, comprehensive comparisons, and reverse engineering.

The CT scan can then be compared to the CAD model and to other parts. Plus, it can easily analyze surface variations and provide cross sections to reveal hidden features.

Performance Plastics offers a variety of CT scan-related services:

  • Part-to-CAD comparisons create a precise overlay of the scanned part to the original 3D part model database
  • Part-to-part comparisons provide an overlay of two scanned parts to reveal dimensional deviation
  • Void and inclusion analysis provides material and defect analysis showing void or inclusion size and locations
  • Wall thickness analysis measures slight changes in the wall stock of complex parts without destructive testing
  • Dimensional analysis provides full article inspections and reporting
  • Reverse engineering capabilities that generate a 3D CAD file

“Industrial CT scanning can be necessary during five different manufacturing stages,” said Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “When you’re in pre-production, it can help with the project design and analysis. During production, you can use CT scanning to evaluate consistency. At the failure investigation stage, it will find defects. The CT scanner can run repeatability tests when you’re doing inspections. And if you need design adjustments or are doing further R&D, it can help with reverse engineering.”

As for what Performance Plastics can handle when CT scanning:

  • Maximum part size is 300mm diameter x 350 mm tall
  • Scan time is typically less than one hour
  • Accuracy (using Calypso) of 9+L/50 microns
  • X-ray-based measurement system is non-contact
  • Parts do not require potting

About Performance Plastics

We are problem solvers. We design and manufacture injection molded parts made with ultra-high-performance plastics such as Torlon®, PEEK, Ultem® and fluoropolymers. (FEP, PFA, PVDF). We specialize in molding parts with complex geometries and very tight tolerances for critical applications such as aerospace/defense, medical, and energy. We achieve this by combining a unique product design approach with proprietary process technology and state-of-the art quality control that provides our customers the “lowest cost solution.” Our engineers deliver results where others say, “it can’t be done.”


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