Manufacturing

Manufacturing the future… One system at a time.

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ABC Group operates 36 global manufacturing facilities, strategically located throughout the world, to provide direct support and services in close proximity to our international customers. Designed primarily to meet customer and product-specific production and assembly needs, these facilities provide maximum flexibility, efficiency, and responsive just-in-time delivery. Each plant operates independently, offering comprehensive resources and capabilities that can be dedicated and custom-tailored to meet specialized customer needs and opportunities.

Local managers and engineers work in close collaboration with the ABC Group Tech Center’s corporate-based, cross-functional engineering and development teams. Based on customers’ individual product requirements and priorites, the ABC Group’s manufacturing facilities can provide a variety of processing capabilities:

Blow Molding:
In extrusion blow molding (EBM), plastic is melted and extruded into a hollow tube (a parison). This parison is then captured by closing it into a cooled metal mold. Air is then blown into the parison, inflating it into the shape of the hollow bottle, container or part. After the plastic has cooled sufficiently, the mold is opened and the part is ejected. (John Vogler (1984).�

Small Scale Recycling of Plastics. Intermediate Technology Publication. p. 6.) ABC Groups’ Innovative, proprietary technologies and broad expertise in monolayer, multilayer and other extrusion processing methods.

Injection Molding:
With injection molding, granular plastic is fed by gravity from a hopper into a heated barrel. As the granules are slowly moved forward by a screw-type plunger, the plastic is forced into a heated chamber, where it is melted. As the plunger advances, the melted plastic is forced through a nozzle that rests against the mold, allowing it to enter the mold cavity through a gate and runner system. The mold remains cold so the plastic solidifies almost as soon as the mold is filled. (Manufacturing Processes Reference Guide) Advanced injection molding technologies are used in the production of substrates and multi-component assemblies.

Continuous Extrusion:
High-capacity synchronized systems accommodate a variety of rigid and flexible product applications

Thermoforming/Sheet Extrusion:
Applications include flexible skins for instrument panels and other interior components, multi-layer door surfaces, and large exterior heavy-gauge thermoformed assemblies.

Machine Building
Comprehensive custom design-build capability

Testing & Analysis

System Assembly
To meet customer requirements for the efficient, timely delivery of complete product systems, ABC Group ships fully assembled product systems ready to install in the customer’s vehicle. ABC Group uses extensive proprietary secondary and finishing fixture technology to optimize cost efficiency and product quality. Our assembly systems incorporate proprietary and custom-adapted robotics technologies. Secondary operations are often integral to the molding process in providing the finished product.

Secondary operations include such services as post-mold trimming and finishing, welding, cutting, drilling, and the mounting of brackets, clips, fasteners and other hardware. Secondary operations can also include quality control measures such as pressure and leak testing.