General Plastics to Feature Molded Parts Program, Production Capabilities and Testing Services at Aircraft Interiors Expo October 2-3 in Seattle

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High-density polyurethane supplier to OEMs will also highlight composite core materials and tooling board series.

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Our aerospace partners know they can depend on General Plastics for fast turnaround and scalability to meet their OEM production requirements.

General Plastics Manufacturing Company will participate in the 2013 Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, taking place October 1-3, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. This exhibition is the largest event in the Americas dedicated to airline interior design and airline cabin management systems. The company will feature its LAST-A-FOAM® rigid and flexible polyurethane foam aerospace products and production capabilities at Booth #810 in the Washington State Convention Center.

“Beyond producing the industry’s premier high-density flexible and rigid polyurethane foam boards, General Plastics is a sought-after partner for production parts,” said President Bruce Lind. “From Air Force One to innovators on the frontiers of space travel, our molded and machined flyaway parts and production services have long supported the needs of our aerospace partners.”

The company fabricates and machines custom-molded parts to customer specifications from its flame-retardant, self-extinguishing, integral skin flexible and semi-rigid polyurethane foam materials. Its aircraft molded-parts program spans flight deck and aircraft interior applications. Proven pattern-to-print capabilities and high-capacity production facilities enable General Plastics to scale production to project needs – from small, short-term runs of specialty parts to extensive, ongoing OEM parts programs.

“Our aerospace partners know they can depend on General Plastics for fast turnaround and scalability to meet their OEM production requirements,” Lind added. “From parts fabrication to custom formulation, we have the expertise and resources to address many high-performance applications.”

The company provides part and tool design, mold tooling manufacture, and production of parts through all phases to completion. Production and testing capabilities include the following:

Machined parts – With extensive CNC machining capabilities, the company produces high-performance parts to fit customers’ exact requirements. Customer service, engineering and CNC teams work closely with aerospace partners from concept to completion.

Molded parts – General Plastics’ unique foam formulations, proven pattern-to-print capabilities and high-capacity production facilities enable it to scale production from small runs of specialty parts to ongoing, high-volume OEM parts programs.

Complex laminates – The manufacturer offers build-to-print standard and custom complex laminates for diverse parts and assemblies used in aerospace and military applications.

Custom solutions – Capabilities include custom formulation, supplying foam material to size or shape, poured-in place mold services, and providing products already machined and bonded for the customer’s application.

Testing services – A dedicated Testing Services Group offers a wide range of flammability, physical and developmental tests in General Plastics’ on-site testing laboratories. These include an FAA-approved burn-test facility. All tests are conducted using calibrated equipment that is traceable to NIST.

Composite core solutions and sample kits
Expo attendees can also see General Plastics’ flame-retardant, rigid closed-cell foams and order its composite core sample kits.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-6700 Aerospace-Grade Series – This flame-retardant rigid foam for aircraft composite core withstands process temperatures up to 250ºF. It is an excellent choice for models and design prototypes, vacuum-form dies and mold patterns, and honeycomb edge closeout for aircraft interior sandwich panels.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-3700 Precision-Core Series – Tougher and less friable than the FR-6700, this flame-retardant, aerospace-grade (BMS 8-133-qualified) foam enables cutting of crisper edges. This quality makes it well suited to machining complex shapes for composite cores.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4300 Thermoformable Board Series – This flame-retardant foam series is ideal for composite panel cores and other structures where compound-curved surfaces or other details can be made with low-cost heat-forming methods.

“For generations, General Plastics has been a trusted resource to our aerospace partners for absolutely consistent foam formulations and scalable production solutions,” Lind said. “We look forward to discussing project needs at this show in our own ‘back yard’ and even showing attendees our facilities.”

About General Plastics Manufacturing Company    
Tacoma, Washington-based General Plastics has been a leading innovator in the plastics industry for more than 70 years. The company develops and manufactures rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, which include its signature LAST-A-FOAM® brand series and build-to-print composite parts. Through its network of distributors, General Plastics exports products to 25-plus countries for the aerospace and defense, nuclear containment, composite core, prototype and modeling, construction, dimensional signage, testing, marine, and renewable energies industries. General Plastics is certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C and meets such demanding quality systems as NQA-1, Mil-I-45208A and Boeing Company D6-82479. Visit http://www.generalplastics.com.

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