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Frequently Asked Questions


– Who is PMC?

We are a custom manufacturer of:

 

  • Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE):  Offering a variety of non slip applications, engineered to
    meet your customized needs.
  • ABS, HIPS, HDPE, and Acrylics for custom thermoforming
  • Point of Purchase (POP) display material

– What do you consider to be your company’s biggest strength?

We have many years of experience manufacturing sheet material, but we think the biggest strength we offer the custom market is our flexibility. We are willing to work with our customers to create a product that meets their needs. Through our relationships with an assortment of material vendors, we can work to find a solution.

 

 

– What kind of material would be best for my project?

The material selection process varies from project to project, depending on several factors, including: Fabrication process, product configuration, cost structure, and end use requirements. PMC has the capability to analyze a project and consult on the best material selection for the application, including custom blends.

 

– We have been doing business with the same vendors for years. Why should we switch to PMC?

We appreciate loyalty; we are loyal to our vendors also. But we are constantly looking to see what new companies and technologies are available. We owe it to our employees and stakeholders to constantly monitor the performance of our vendors, assuring that we are receiving the expected value in return for our business. The PMC Team welcomes the opportunity to help you explore all of your options.

 

– What is the minimum run you are willing to produce?

PMC will evaluate  production runs of any size. We evaluate each project independently based on material, thickness and schedules.

 

– What is your turn-around time to do a trial production run?

PMC will do what it takes to meet the needs of the customer. Depending on raw material availability, our standard lead-time is three to four weeks.

 

– What technical services are provided when working with PMC on a project?

Our technical services include material sampling, ASTM testing, dry blend technology, color matching and applications testing (UV stability, durability, etc.).

 

– Who are PMC Customers?

PMC Customers are:

  • Custom Thermoformers
  • Display Fabricators
  • Display Designers
  • OEM Manufacturers
  • Anyone who wants a high quality product at a reasonable price.

 

– What is TPO?

TPO (Thermoplastic Poly Olefin) is a compounded alloy of polypropylene, elastomers and mineral fillers offering a unique balance of stiffness and thermal expansion, as well as impact and chemical resistance properties.

 

 

– What are the advantages of TPO?
  • Durable:  With improved impact strength over ABS, HIPS and Fiberglass materials, PMC’s diverse portfolio of high quality TPOs can withstand real world wear and tear, eliminating the need for costly secondary preventative measures, such as pre-drilling holes to prevent crack propagation.
  • Cold Weather Performance:  Cold temperature durability/impact resistance for versatility and longer wear. PMC’s TPO products are the clear choice for impact-critical applications- with a ductility down to -30° C, they excel in environments in which other plastics cannot endure.
  • Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (CLTE):  Our portfolio of performance TPOs have less than half of the CLTE of ABS- one of the major attributes that solves the field cracking issues common to ABS. (CLTE is commonly confused with impact strength and cold climate durability.)
  • Sound Deadening:  TPOs possess sound deadening characteristics, resulting in a greater reduction of interior cab noise than that of styrenic-based panels  and limiting the “buzz, squeak and rattle” associated with low-quality interiors.
  • Thermoformable:  New High Melt Strength grades for TPO have opened up the process window further, so these products can be used for a variety of challenging, thermoformed  applications.
  • Recyclable:  100% of trim scrap can be reused, resulting in cost savings. Compliance with environmental standards. RoHS compliant, with no heavy metals.
  • Custom Colors, Finishes and Decorations:  To suit your applications and your customer’s discriminating taste, PMC’s TPOs are offered in metallics, pearlescents and textured patterns. They are also available in a variety of finishes, including haircell, calf, matte, smooth, scratch-resistant gloss and custom finishes.
  • Variety of Cap Layers and Specialized Grades:  PMC offers a full array of high & mid gloss, scratch whitening resistant, stress whitening resistant, and TPE cap layers.  In addition to our variety of performance substrate TPOs, V0 & V1 FR TPO materials are available.
  • UV Protected and Outdoor Weatherable Throughout:  Designed for superior performance in interior and exterior applications. Formulated using the latest coloring technology to ensure that the product will exhibit little fade, even in extreme conditions. Accelerated UV stability packages available. Improved heat aging without cracking.

 

– Many extrusion companies require full truckload quantities of my trim scrap material before considering a buy-back program. How is PMC different?

PMC is always interested in utilizing your trim scrap material and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your specific situation.  We carefully isolate your materials for future use in your next order or in many cases, can blend it with other materials for a more cost effective solution.  Depending on the type of scrap, a truckload may range from 10,000-40,000 lbs.  Pricing will be based accordingly.

 

– How do I get the most value out of my surplus/excess plastic resin?

Contamination free material has the highest value for any extrusion operation. If you have the original sales order information and lot tracking numbers, PMC can help you recover the most value for your materials. Specification sheets on custom materials are very helpful and sampling may be requested.

 

– How can I get the most money for my plastic trim scrap?

During your manufacturing processes, segregate your waste and trim scrap by resin material type and color. The more careful you are with isolating specific materials by product family and color, the more easily the load can be reprocessed for maximum return. Load your material into clean Gaylord boxes, with a clean liner, mark the material type and the estimated weight less the “tare weight” of the packing and skid, and we can handle the rest.

 

– What about quality issues with my trim scrap shipment?

We inspect each return lot and issue a report indicating the level of contamination, if any. We will work with you to maximize the value of your return and resolve contamination issues for future buy back opportunities.