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The Plastics Advantage in Transportation

Posted by McClarin Plastics on Sep 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Heavy-duty trucks and buses are the backbone of the transportation industry. McClarin Plastics has been working with your industry and your top equipment to create custom manufactured parts that provide a wide variety of benefits.

JERRDANWith a focus on plastics and custom development, McClarin is able to consistently deliver high value-added services that provide our transportation partners with on-time delivery of high-quality components—all while helping to reduce costs.

We Know Transportation

Custom manufactured parts that will save customers money and help to consistently deliver mission-critical elements requires vast industry knowledge. McClarin Plastics has worked with industry professionals to manufacture replacements, custom equipment, and high-volume orders.

Our staff of expert technicians provides a comprehensive design service no matter how you handle transport. Thermoformed, reaction injection molded (RIM), and fiberglass-reinforced plastic components can protect your equipment.

Whether you need a new engine cover, are looking to replace your airline seating elements, or want to improve your transit rail cars, McClarin has the experience you need for a better component.

Choosing Plastic for Trucking

gilligbus_300x200-1The trucking and transportation world is continuing to turn to plastics because of the cost savings. There are many different ways plastics have proven themselves, but some of the best for your bottom line include:

  • Weight reduction. Improve your fuel economy with a lighter load. Whether the market is up or down, you’ll save on that one expense you can never escape: fuel.
  • Impact resistance. Plastics can take blows and keep going. You’ll see reductions in maintenance cost and often a cheaper cost if you need to replace parts.
  • Improved corrosion resistance. Because plastic doesn’t rust, you’re saving your trucking equipment from the most common on-the-job type of corrosion.
  • Color application savings. Remove the need to paint and repaint areas that have wear or take up a large section of your equipment. With plastics, color is integrated. Say goodbye to scratches that ruin your look.

These are just a few of the top elements that can improve your products by switching to plastics. Our experts recommend TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) that can withstand a wide range of temperatures, impacts and more.

As a partner throughout the manufacturing process, McClarin has continually added value to our customer’s equipment and improved their bottom line, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today for more information.

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Topics: transportation

Benefits of Closed Molding for Applications in Transportation

Posted by Jeffrey Geiman on Aug 14, 2014 11:03:00 AM


The process of “closed molding” composite parts provides many benefits for a wide range of applications in the transportation industry. 1

At McClarin, the closed molding process includes three major methods: Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), Light RTM (LRTM) and Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP).

Light RTM and Vacuum Infusion are closed molding processes often used by McClarin for Transport Applications.

Advantages are based in the fact that very large parts, of medium volume runs can be accomplished at low project costs. These processes also allow for laminate designs that target structure, low weight applications for interior and exterior component applications.

Close-Molding-Truck-BodyBoth processes include glass fiber laid or packed into the mold. The mold is then clamped (LRTM) or bagged (Infusion) and a resin is pumped/infused in under pressure vacuum.  Once all of the air within the mold has been displaced with resin the cure cycle begins. This rather simple approach allows for very large intricate molds to be made with very low tooling costs. With the addition of gel coats, finished parts may require only minor trimming for a finishing step.

The Benefits of Closed Molding Components

  • They are durable and offer high performance.
  • They can adhere to strict guidelines pertaining to toxicity, flammability, smoke emission, etc.
  • They can be custom designed and engineered
  • They are affordable from an overall project spend comparison.
  • Fast production for quicker product availability.

Closed molding has been used in the transportation industry for decades. Throughout the years, mold designs have been enhanced, as well as product engineering, resulting in a better finished product. Regardless of what kind of transportation component you are looking for, closed molding products should be given consideration as they can provide high quality results and may be best suited for the application.

If you are interested in learning more about the closed molding process or if you’d like to discuss your upcoming project with a designer engineer, contact the experts of McClarin Plastics today and ask to speak with one of our experts.

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Topics: transportation, closed molding, transportation industry