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How Does Tooling Impact Product Quality, Budgets, and Timelines?

May. 29, 2018

Tooling is a key technology used in aerospace, automotive, and other major industries to manufacture parts or components. Different types …

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How It’s Made: Transforming Polyurethane Foam Into Production Tooling

Mar. 13, 2018

The process of creating the tool needed to produce parts is a critical portion of the manufacturing process. It is critical enough where the quality of the finished part is dependent on choosing the right tool design.

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2017 Highlights and 2018 Preview

Dec. 27, 2017

As we near the end of 2017, we asked President/CEO Mitchell Johnson to look back on his first year at …

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Low-Density Rigid Foam for Dielectric Applications Offer Clear Advantages

Nov. 29, 2017

General Plastics recently introduced its advanced dielectric foam material for use in radomes, antennas and other radio frequency (RF) communication …

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Satisfying the Large and Small of Customer Tooling Needs

Sep. 14, 2017

Tool and mold makers have long specified General Plastics’ high-performance LAST-A-FOAM® tooling boards and custom services. From custom-size foam blocks and on-time delivery to supplying economical material, General Plastics’ makes short work of customers’ tooling requirements.

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General Plastics’ Polyurethane Foams Show Value in Subsea and Marine Applications

Jul. 31, 2017

From deep-diving construction engineers and underwater surveillance vehicles to surfers and paddle-boarders, users of polyurethane foams fulfill diverse subsea and marine applications. Thanks to their unique chemical and physical properties, General Plastics’ specially formulated foams outperform wood and other materials while addressing specific challenges.

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Custom Rigid Molded Parts Ace Cost, Delivery and Detail Requirements

Jul. 5, 2017

From ongoing cast part programs to high-volume runs for a discrete application, we’ve been providing customers with a fast-cycle, low-cost, highly detailed alternative to machined parts.  

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General Plastics’ Polyurethane Foams Chosen for Deep Space and Defense Applications

Jun. 5, 2017

In 2016, Promontory, Utah, nozzle plugs made from General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4300 played an important role in protecting rockets for …

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General Plastics’ testing services: Quality testing and fast results

Apr. 27, 2017

General Plastics’ testing services span the full range of quality assurance. We work with customers from determination of test methods to final test certification. Services include physical property, developmental testing, and flammability testing, including the seat cushion oil burner test.

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Aerospace composite tooling with LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4500: Soft tooling delivers hard benefits

Mar. 29, 2017

When it comes to short-run, prototype tooling or tooling support for aerospace, composites prove their strength and value.

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LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 Multi-Use Foam Series: The economical, easy-shaping multitasker

Feb. 28, 2017

General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 multi-use polyurethane foam boards ably fill the bill for low-cost, easily finished, uniform stock material that …

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Core Distinctions: Choosing the Right Foam for Critical Composite Core Applications

Feb. 6, 2017

Design engineers are continuously faced with a growing need for composite core material that is lightweight and cost-effective with long …

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Protecting Signal Strength – General Plastics’ Foam for Radomes

Dec. 28, 2016

From defense and solar system research to boats and aircraft, radome structures perform the function of protecting radar equipment. These …

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In the Making: Padded and Flexible Parts for Aircraft Interior Applications

Nov. 29, 2016

Extending from the flight deck in the fore to lavatories in the aft, General Plastics’ flexible polyurethane foam parts play …

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Form and Function: GP Foams Ace Aircraft Interior Applications

Nov. 7, 2016

For more than half a century, General Plastics has worked closely with aircraft OEMs to satisfy continually evolving, highly demanding …

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Supporting Process Control and Stability with High-Temp Tooling Boards

Nov. 6, 2016

General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4700 High-Temperature Tooling Board Series has been a proven performer since its introduction in 2011. These rigid, …

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Testing Expert Shares Inside View of Flammability Testing

As Quality Solutions Director at General Plastics, Tod Maurmann oversees its FAA-approved testing facilities and works with customer engineers to …

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Which foam is the right choice for your tooling application?

General Plastics offers four different rigid high-density polyurethane foam series that satisfy a wide range of tooling applications – each …

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The Essentials in Aerospace Composite Cores: Light Weight, Safety and Cost Efficiency

Selecting core materials for aerospace applications presents today’s design engineers with expanding choices and increasing challenges. Since the advent of …

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Molded Parts Program Q&A: Top-Flight Padded Parts

In our last blog post, we featured one of the value-added services General Plastics’ provides, specifically the production of gap …

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Molded Parts Program Q&A: No Gap Left Unfilled

For the past few months, we have been highlighting General Plastics’ value-added services. In addition to producing high-performance rigid and …

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Tooling and Molding Capabilities for Unique Projects

General Plastics Manufacturing Company goes beyond simply making rigid and flexible polyurethane foams. As part of our production services, we …

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CNC and Other Production Capabilities Offer End-to-End Project Solutions

While General Plastics is best known for the performance of our polyurethane foams, many customers also rely on the efficiency …

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead: 75 Years of Success

Nov. 5, 2016

In 1941, Lou Schatz started General Plastics, then a manufacturer of preservative coatings for wood and other organic materials in …

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Growing Distinction: LAST-A-FOAM® R-3300 Submersible Foam

When we last featured our LAST-A-FOAM® R-3300 submersible buoyancy foam, we walked through its various applications and key benefits. Now …

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Beyond the Recognition: General Plastics Recognizes Employees Who Embody Company Core Values

Every year, General Plastics, through the Vision, Mission and Values awards, recognizes and rewards employees who personify our company values …

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Aircraft Interiors Expo Recap: FST/OSU Materials Showcased at Aircraft Interior Show

Each year aerospace suppliers, manufacturers, and airlines come together at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas to showcase new materials and …

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Taking Flight: The Next Generation of Composite Core Material for Aircraft Interiors

For the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), passenger safety is the main concern. Since the Aviation Safety Research Act of 1988, …

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Adhesives 101: Understanding Your Application

Download the Tooling Guide. When it comes to choosing an adhesive material to bond foam blocks for monolithic tools and …

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Partners in Success: Meet the General Plastics Sales Team

Passion, drive, and knowledge – three words couldn’t ring more true to describe the values instilled in our sales team …

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