Custom Injection Molder, In-house Design, Paint, and Hydrographic Abilities
Jones Plastic is a full-service supplier of engineering services, product design and integration, and contract manufacturing of a wide variety of injection molded components and subassemblies. Using Pro/Engineer, our Application Development Engineers assist customer design teams with part designs and performance specifications. Other tools include Finite Element Analysis and Mold Filling Analysis. This upfront approach ensures low cost producibility, shorter lead-times and significant savings on capital tooling dollars. Once the design is complete, Jones Plastic can help validate it with in-house 3D Printing capability, or can provide soft-steel prototype samples in as little as two weeks.
After design validation, Jones Plastic Tooling Engineers will manage the design and construction of all project molds and dyes. Our Engineers work with a wide network of mold shops in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Our goal is to source each mold or dye with the shop offering the best value for our customers. Considerations include, cost, lead-time, and specific experience and expertise related to the application. Jones Plastic Tooling Engineers will take 100% responsibility for each mold from design through construction, and PPAP confirmation.
Production is provided from any of our four manufacturing locations in the United States and Mexico. We provide products to a variety of industries, including the Automotive, Appliance, and PowerSports Vehicle markets. Each Jones location is capable of providing short-run / high changeover quantities, and/or high volume jobs. From small machine, non-appearance applications, to large machine, Class-A-surface jobs, Jones Plastic services hundreds of customers with varying degrees of performance criteria.
After parts are molded, they are often decorated, welded, tested, and then integrated into assemblies with other components such as electronics, metals, and glass, and then packed out for end-use by consumers. Lastly, warehousing and logistical support is provided to guarantee on-time delivery in exact quantities for every shipment.
Jones Plastic & Engineering offers a wide spectrum of design services giving your team a competitive advantage in the market. Our product development team leverages our skills and experience to take your concepts and transform them into products that are technologically feasible, and economically viable, as well as aesthetically pleasing. From initial research and analysis, to industrial design and engineering, to prototyping, validation and production, we work with our clients to maximize their impact and realize their goals. Our team has the talent, experience, and expertise required to translate your ideas into winning products. We have used solid modeling for over 24 years to bring thousands of products to market accurately and on time. For some products, we start from a sketch, understanding our customer’s needs in terms of how their product should be shaped, how it should feel and perform, and what it should look like. Using PTC Creo, we model the product in 3D CAD, sculpting every curve, edge, and surface. When an accurate visualization of the product is needed, using 3D rendering software can provide a more realistic image compared to looking at a CAD model. Using Lightwave 3D, we can apply photorealistic textures, colors and scenes to fully define a product before a mold is built. Prototyping Sometimes, a 3D solid model and photorealistic renderings need to be turned into something physical. We have had various 3D printers in house for over 14 years printing parts for both visual and functional uses. In our Prototyping lab, our Stratasys Objet30 Pro prints highly accurate models down to 16-micron layers that feature dimensional stability and high-detail visualization, and are designed to simulate plastics that closely resemble the end product. We have the ability to run a transparent material, a high-temperature material for advanced functional testing requiring high heat, and a simulated polypropylene that offers toughness and durability to create smooth prototypes with living hinges, flexible closures and snap-fit parts. We also print mold cores/cavities to pour silicone molds used to make silicone and urethane-based prototypes to even more closely match injection molded resin properties.
Having been in business for over 50 years has afforded Jones Plastic the experience and ability to run a variety of injection mold styles. We currently run many different types of injection molds, from traditional two-plate and three-plate molds, stack molds and family tools to MUD base molds, utilizing a variety of advanced injection molding capabilities such as gas-assist, over-molding, and robot-loaded insert-molding. We build molds for a wide range of part sizes, from less than 1 gram to 26 lbs! Stack molds have become an excellent way for us to help our customers to increase cavitation without increasing the machine size required. We currently procure tooling from our North American, East Asian, and European-based tooling partners. Our in-house team of tooling experts provides both design and maintenance support throughout the corporation. Given our extensive experience with injection molding, Jones Plastic is always open to evaluating and incorporating new technology into our injection molds.
A relatively small portion of the components we provide are what are called "shoot and ship". We do more than just stick a part in a box and ship to our customers. We robotically assemble components, robotically dispense adhesive, and use digital torque guns to assemble products. We also vibration weld, ultrasonically weld, spin weld and heat stake many components together. To make sure that the products we manufacture are performing to our customers’ expectations and specifications, we can pressure decay test for leaks as well as destructively test and in-process check the sub-assemblies we make. Many of our plants have lab equipment to test material properties and performance as well as perform destructive and non-destructive testing on parts and assemblies.
Many injection molders can mold parts, put them in a box and ship them out the door. We differentiate ourselves by bringing additional value through a variety of different technologies. We have a proven track record of helping our customers get their product to market, not just molding, but everything else that brings additional value as well as reducing handling, labor and shipping costs. Jones Plastic offers a variety of injection molding resins from commodity grades to engineering grades, along with material selection expertise and world-wide sourcing. We currently manufacture parts out of PVC, High and Medium Impact Polystyrene, ABS, Polycarbonates, PC/ABS blends, Acetal, and Nylon as well as many other commodity, engineering grade and exotic materials. Jones Plastic runs a variety of insert-molded and over-molded parts. We offer both hand-loaded and robot-loaded inserts ranging from small metal conductors and threaded inserts, to a large 16 lb iron bearing that is preheated with an induction heater and robot-loaded into an 1800-ton press. We also over-mold a variety of thermoplastics including rubber-like resins such as Santoprene. Jones Plastic is an industry leader in gas-assist injection molding (GAIM) with over 20 years of experience. We mold a large portion of appliance handles for several major OEMs, as well as several other gas-assist molded products. We also provide in-mold labeling with a variety of resin and label substrates as well as first- and second-surface capabilities.
Plastic parts just look better when decorated. Our in-house processes to decorate our customers parts include: In Mold Labeling, Hot Stamping, Pad Printing, Heat Transfer Labeling, and Laser Etching. We outsource painting and chrome plating and bring those products back in house for inspection and assembly. Jones Plastic provides a variety of part decoration options in-house for our customers such as pad-printing with a variety of inks (including metallic) on numerous substrates, laser-etching, hot-stamping, and heat-transfer labeling. We also outsource painting and chrome plating through our trusted suppliers and bring the parts back in-house for inspection and assembly. Connect with us and see what we can do to make your products look better.
Our newest facility, Juarez Paint and Hydrographics, is located next door to our Juarez Molding Division. This 90,000 sq. ft state of the art painting and hydrographics dipping facility features a 25,000 sq. ft air conditioned clean room paint line. We utilize FANUC paint robots to paint racks mounted on a floor mounted conveyor to minimize contamination. We wash all parts with a 5 stage washer and then robotically flame treat all of our parts for maximum adhesion. We can apply 1k adhesion promoter, 1k base coat 1k pearl (mid coat) and 2k clear coat layers. All parts of our system is RFID encoded to be able to make color changes and program changes on the fly. Our state of the art Quality lab contains the latest in multi-angle spectrometers, surface finish wave scanners and Keyence Digital Microscopes to ensure that the products we produce are consistent in appearance and performance. Our Hydrographics tank is the only one in the world to handle 1.3 meter film with the largest dip tank area. We can dip hundreds of different patterns on plastic parts that are painted to ensure adhesion. Each part is controlled by an RFID system to make changes to dip program on the fly. All parts are then washed by a three stage wash system and dried in an oven to ensure that the parts are ready to be covered by the clear coat. Our onsite R&D lab gives us the ability to prototype spray, dip and wash parts in preparation for producing on our production line.