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DeKALB Molded Plastics’ Virtual Home

As our culture continues to become more virtually and electronically connected, DeKALB Molded Plastics wants to ensure all visitors have a positive experience while on our company website. Whether you are sitting at a desktop computer or using a tablet at a business meeting, you will find the information you need quickly and easily.

While DeKALB places emphasis on the newest technologies and equipment for structural plastics inside our facility; continuous improvement and excellence applies to our virtual presence as well. We know our website is your first source of information for discovering how our expertise in the structural plastics’ industry can benefit you.

Therefore, we want all visitors to feel just as welcome on the DeKALB website as they would walking through our front door. The following updates have been implemented to make that possible:

  1. New Design – The new design complements our ever-evolving brand identity, which is centered upon superior customer service and quality products!
  2. New Pictures – We couldn’t think of a better way to showcase our company culture and overall capabilities than by simply showing you!
  3. Simpler Navigation – You want information quickly and efficiently; we put the most relevant information on the front page so you don’t have to click around!
  4. Responsive Design – Now wherever you are, we are! We want you to have the best access to our website no matter what device you are using.
  5. Updated Descriptions – Our website has been re-written to ensure you understand our core capabilities and products better.

While nothing compares to meeting with you in person, we hope the website makes you feel welcome and that you visit often. To get to know the team at DeKALB even better, make sure to connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Facebook!

What is Special Material Handling?

Transcription:  One of the target markets for DeKalb Molded Plastics is specialty material handling. We do pallets. We do containers. But really we do things that are specific to an application. It may be a metal product. It may be a medical product, but it has to be handled and protected really well and that’s what we do really, really well. A lot of people do pallets, a lot of people do the big containers, but we will specialize. Special totes, things protect and keep these things safe.

Does DeKalb Plastics offer gas assist injection molding?

Transcription: As part of our structural plastics work we do gas assist injection molding. Gas assist is really an injection molding process where we enter the melt and then we chase it with nitrogen gas. This allows us to channel out specific areas, thicker sections, build in strong points into the design of the part and really give a nice robust part.

How can DeKALB help with my plastic product design?

Transcription: I think DeKALB is very in tune with what the customer likes to see. We have the technical expertise here. We are not necessarily design responsible, but we have the ability to support, determine what structural parameters need to be into the design, so we assist with that. We assist with the tooling design to make sure that it’ll produce the part that they would like to see. We assist with material selections so that it will help the customer achieve the characteristics that they’d like to see, the performance criteria they would like to be able to achieve in their product design.

What is Foam Injection Molding?

Transcript: Foam injection molding is a process in which we take thermoplastic material and induce a colorant as well as a blowing agent in there to expand the material out. What we do is we bring in the material in from a hopper or a gondola, come into a process in which we blend it with that colorant and with that blowing agent into a hopper feeder. It then goes into a screw that is then fed the material into an accumulator. From that accumulator, then feeds into our injection process. The accumulator then feeds in through injection process into an aluminum mold. That’s the nice thing about our process is that we use less expensive molds. We don’t use steel ones. We use aluminum ones. By having that it’s a major advantage. The material is then through multiple ports injected into usually a single cavity tool. We may put more than one cavity into a press, but it’s multiple ports coming into one cavity.

What are Characteristics of Gas Assist Molded Parts?

Transcription: A gas assisted injection molded part is going to have a little more of a look like a high pressure injection molded product. There won’t be a lot of swirls. It’ll be more of a solid look, but still, won’t be a perfect class A surface. Adequate for most applications, it still is a very structural product. It has the gas channels but will look a lot like injection molding.

DeKALB is kicking off our annual United Way campaign

It’s that time of year again.

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DeKALB is kicking off our annual United Way campaign. Our goal for this year is $14,500, which shouldn’t be a problem since last year we exceed our goal by $4000!! This is a big event that typically results in 100% employee participation. We have games and weekly fund raisers throughout the campaign to help raise money and then wrap it up with a lunch to celebrate our success. This is a great opportunity for our employees to have fun while supporting our community.

DeKALB Molded Plastics attending MAPP 2013

The DeKALB team is looking forward to attending the 2013 MAPP Benchmarking Conference. Meet two of our newer employees who will be attending the conference for the first time by watching this video. We are excited to see our friends and colleagues next week!

What is structural foam molding?

Transcript:

Structural foam molding is a process in which we use similar thermoplastics but you use blowing agents and you use colorants, and the blowing agents allow you to expand the material into the mold at a much lower pressure than you would on a high injection pressure system. What that does that gives you very good structural strength, it gives you the ability to save between 15-20% of your thermoplastic materials, it gives you the ability to make larger parts of that structural condition that you may not be able to do within a high pressure injection molding process.

DeKALB Molded Plastics featured in Manufacturing Today

The summer issue of Manufacturing Today highlights DeKALB Molded Plastics’ commitment to strategy and investments which support not only the manufacturing process but also employees.

An excerpt of the article:

Founded in 1979, DeKalb Molded Plastics has spent more than 34 years building its reputation in the structural foam industry. A custom structural foam molder, DeKalb specializes in structural foam injection molding and gas assist molding, and large, multi-nozzle plastic products.

DeKalb was one of the first ISO 9002-certified structural plastics molders in the United States. Among the company’s services are in-house post mold painting; plastic decorating capabilities; kitting and assembly requirements for programs for single standalone products; or complex, multicomponent, multi-operation programs.

Read the entire article about DeKALB Molded Plastics.