What to Look For In Structural Foam Molding Companies

When looking for structural foam molding companies, it can be overwhelming trying to find the best fit for your project and your business. Luckily, there are a few things you can look out for when choosing your structural foam molding manufacturer. Our team has outlined them below.

What Polymers Do They Work With?

Some structural foam molding companies use specific polymers in their structural foam molding processes. When choosing your structural foam molding partner, it is important to ensure that they have access to and experience working with the polymers your application requires.

At Port Erie, we work with polyethylene and polypropylene for structural foam molding projects. Both of these polymers have many beneficial properties. Polyethylene is durable and lightweight with excellent load-bearing, shock absorption, and resistance to chemicals and moisture. Polypropylene is a rigid and lightweight polymer that has excellent compression and impact resistance as well as chemical and moisture resistance.

Do They Have Experience With the Process?

Working with an experienced structural foam molding company can make a world of difference. This experience allows your chosen structural foam molding partner to seamlessly perform the production process while being able to identify and fix any issues that may come up over the course of the project.

Port Erie has over 60 years of experience in the structural foam molding industry. We have taken on countless projects and have helped numerous clients improve their structural foam process or move their projects to structural foam molding. See how we helped one of our construction clients redesign their trench drains for the structural foam molding process, improving the quality of the product while reducing production times in our case study.

Do They Provide Assistance Throughout the Process?

Knowing that your project is moving smoothly can put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on other important aspects of your business. Working with a manufacturer who is there for you from start to finish can ensure your projects run smoothly, saving you time and money.

At Port Erie, we assign a plastics engineer to each project. Our engineers will help you with your project from start to finish. They can assist in improving your designs, source alternative resins, and provide insight on potential improvements to your tooling. To learn more about the specifics of what our plastic engineers do for your project, check out our blog.

What Other Services Do They Offer?

When you work with a structural foam manufacturer that offers other services, you won’t have to find a second or third partner, saving you time and money. These services may include tooling and mold design, secondary operations, and more.

Port Erie is here to take on all of your plastic projects. We have capabilities to create products through structural foam molding as well as custom injection molding and automated injection molding. We also offer additional services aside from manufacturing processes. With our mold design and tooling transfer services, we are able to design and create everything you need to complete your project. Additionally, we offer secondary operations services, including assembly, decorating, and more so your products look exactly as you imagined when they leave our facility. Once your project is finished, we are able to warehouse them and help with distribution.

How Do They Treat Their Customers?

Exceptional customer service allows manufacturers to forge strong relationships with their customers. In doing so, they open up lines of communication between manufacturer and customer so the process runs as smoothly as possible and the client receives the product they expect.

The team at Port Erie is more transparent than other structural foam molding companies. We strive to provide excellent customer service and open communication so you know exactly what is going on in the production of your product each step of the way. Not only do we respond quickly so you are always in the know, but we offer tours of our manufacturing facility so you know what you are getting into before the project even begins.

Choosing Between Structural Foam Molding Companies? Partner with Port Erie

When you partner with Port Erie for your structural foam molding projects, you will have access to the plastic engineer assigned to your project so you are always in the know. Additionally, we are able to assemble and decorate your products with our secondary operations and warehouse your products once they are completed. And, if you need, we can help with distribution.

Contact our team today to get started.

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