ICL Tech creates many different types of fabricated plastics parts and assemblies for various industries and custom applications. Our highly skilled plastic fabricators use a range of methods including:
Hotline bending, drilling, CNC and manual routing, solvent welding, adhesive bonding, hot gas welding, annealing, laminating, cementing, etching, polishing, mechanical fastening, cut to size plastics, film and tape finishing, and full assembly.
These in-house resources allow ICL Tech to provide turnkey solutions for our customers who trust us to uphold the highest levels of quality at each stage of production. Working to customers’ exact specifications we aim to exceed their expectations, and are happy to integrate individual quality control and inspection measures as required.
Annealing is a term used with many different materials; in terms of plastics and polymer it is the process of slowly heating and cooling in order to relieve material stress and prevent part deformation. The process varies depending on the polymer being annealed, though it most often involves heating a plastic to a temperature nearing it's softening point holding it at that temperature for a set period of time and then cooling.
Technically this is a thermoforming process as it involves using heat. It is one that is commonly used in our facility. Drape forming is a process using pressure or gravity to create a desired shape from a heated plastic. A male or female drape forming tool is loaded into the oven with clamped thermoplastic, the plastic is then cooled and trimmed to shape. ICL Tech have the capacity to drape form plastics in our ovens up to 2m².
Many thermoplastics can be fastened together to form strong bonds using chemical adhesives or solvents. If a solvent cement is used, it actually melts the materials being joined. When the solvent evaporates, the materials have melted together to form a solid joint or bond. An adhesive cement will bond the material by adhering itself to the pieces being joined, providing a solid bridge between the parts.
Thermoplastic sheet can be bent, molded or formed when heat is applied. Hotline bending refers to heating a specific area of sheet and then bending the material into a jig. Once cool the plastic will retain the bend or bends put into the material during the forming process. This heat bending process is used with a variety of types of plastics.
CNC machines and laser cutting technology makes engraving and marking customizable plastic products easy. Engraving or etching plastic can be added into the production process to bring personalization of consumer items, the chance to advertise a company logo or brand, or perhaps for the coding or identification of plastic parts used in larger industrial assemblies.
A process of uniting materials with the welding rod, generally with the aid of heat (except solvent welding). Welding of thermoplastics is accomplished in three sequential stages, namely surface preparation, application of heat gun and pressure, welding material injection, and cooling. Click here for more details.
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