Thinking Laterally to Create Custom Quantities of Specialist FEP Tubing
At Adtech, we produce plastic tubing products of every possible size, shape and form.
While we are able to produce large quantities of plastic products for our customers, we also specialise in producing in-house impressively small batches of custom components for many different functions.
Take for example this square-profile tubing which we created for a university project in Malaysia. For this project, our client required very small volumes of FEP tube with a 2mm x 2mm square profile x 0.2mm wall thickness. The overall length of each tube was to be 100mm in total, and they required a batch size of just 20-50 units per year.
Typically, square tubing is usually created using injection moulding or standard extrusion processes, but in this case, we felt that this traditional method would be too expensive for the project to justify. It costs a significant amount to create the initial dye mould, and therefore a large minimum extrusion quantity is required. Therefore, because the customer only wanted a very small quantity of the tubing, we decided upon another method to keep production as cost effective as possible for them.
However, our engineers at Adtech had a solution. By taking production in-house, we were able to reform the existing circular stock FEP tubing to fit our customer’s specifications.
Using entirely in-house tooling and processing techniques, this dramatically reduced production costs, enabling us to produce the small batches of square tubing much more efficiently, meeting the exact specifications that the customer had requested.