As a growing number of companies in the aerospace and aviation industries make the transition from metal to more durable plastic materials, OMICO is prepared for the increased use of plastics and, subsequently, production. Many aircraft feature parts made with aerospace plastics instead of heavy metal parts, mainly due to plastic’s lightweight nature.
If you require reliable plastic parts for applications in the aerospace and aviation industries, OMICO can provide you with top-quality products.
Custom Plastic Blow Molding Capabilities
OMICO offers full-service blow molding solutions for many parts used for aerospace and aviation applications. Our staff and equipment can manufacture a wide variety of products of different sizes, ranging from one inch to six feet in length. These products work with many applications.
OMICO also accommodates nearly any project specifications, including:
- 26 plastic molding machines with a shot capacity of 0.66 to 25 lbs.
- Product sizes ranging from one inch to six feet
- Multi-component assemblies with press-fitting and plastic welding
- Insulated product foam filling
Advantages of Blow Molding for the Aerospace and Aviation Industries
Several key benefits make blow molding the ideal process for many applications in the aerospace and aviation industries. These advantages include:
Stiffness & Strength
Although plastic is more lightweight than many metal materials, it doesn’t experience any compromise in strength and stiffness. Blow-molded plastic products provide the durability needed for nearly any aircraft component.
The stable density of blow-molded thermoplastic materials makes them suitable for many mechanical, exterior, and interior aircraft components.
Thermoplastic’s low rate of thermal conductivity makes it ideal for different types of aircraft galley equipment.
Blow-molded thermoplastics feature superior corrosion resistance compared to steel and aluminum. In many applications, galvanic corrosion causes structural failure, but thermoplastic composite fuselages continue to reduce instances of corrosion, resulting in safer aircraft.
Low Cost for High-Volume Production
Blow molding is a more cost-effective method compared to thermoforming, rotomolding, and other methods when producing mass quantities of hollow parts. Low pressure and the technology involved in blow molding also help reduce labor costs and make for more efficient processes.
One of the main reasons aluminum has been so popular in the aerospace industry is its ease of manufacturing for these components, but thermoplastic materials are equally easy to produce and design. Today’s technology enables improved flexibility of design and manufacturing for thermoplastic parts.
The latest innovations in blow molding have allowed for automation of the process from start to finish. Automation has drastically increased production speed and streamlined the assimilation and integration process for different parts.
Blow molding can help produce prototypes of aircraft components much faster than other techniques. Through the use of plastic prototypes, you can gauge whether the product is the right fit and size and make the necessary changes within days, whereas traditional methods would stretch the process to weeks.
Because of these benefits, the aerospace and aviation industries feature blow-molded plastic materials in many interior applications, such as:
- Tray tables
- Footwell trays
Plastic Blow Molding Services for Aerospace & Aviation Industries
Blow molding for plastic materials can help manufacture top-quality components for use in all types of aircraft applications. Depending on your project’s specific needs, the experts at OMICO can give you the best results with reliable blow-molded plastic components. At OMICO, we offer custom mold design, new product development, existing product redesign, finishing, inspection, assembly, and packaging and shipping services. As a result, you’ll benefit from a full-service solution that meets all of your needs with the same partner.
To learn more about OMICO’s capabilities and how we can help with your aerospace or aviation application, visit our capabilities page. You can also contact us to discuss your specific needs or request a quote to get started.