Light-weighting is the process by which we can work with customers to redesign components and modify tooling to deliver valuable savings in raw material usage and product weight without compromising function or end-user experience.

In one recent example, Plastek’s engineering and project teams worked with a long-standing customer to improve the geometry on the cap of a well-known consumer brand. With careful trialling to ensure an acceptable result, we were able to reduce the wall thickness, lessening the finished part weight by a remarkable 12%.

There is no compromise to quality, as the cap retains its structural integrity and performance characteristics, but this valuable exercise will achieve plastic usage by an excellent 115,000 kg per year on a single product.