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A merger of two manufacturers

Whistle Stop Plastics Ltd and Modern Moulds Ltd, were two individual manufacturers with a shared goal, to listen to customer’s ideas and help them achieve it. As a result, in June 2017 WSM Plastics was created! A merger of the two companies who have been working together for many years, with mutual goals and values, our partnership is a strong asset.

We can help you achieve your goals by offering a complete service, all under one roof.

 

1987

Modern Moulds and Tools Ltd was created. The company offered businesses in the plastics industry high-end design and bespoke manufacturing of moulds.

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1997

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Whistle Stop Plastics was established by Modern Moulds and Tools as their sister company following customer feedback for an injection moulder to work alongside them.

Although they were two independent companies, both worked together to provide injection moulding and tooling services to customers.

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2011

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Whistle Stop Plastics Ltd and Modern Moulds Ltd were integrated into the Bright-Tech Investments Group, the parent company of WSM Plastics.  All Bright-Tech Investments Group businesses share the same values of customer focus, premium quality, and innovation.

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2017

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Whistle Stop Plastics Ltd and Modern Moulds merged and became WSM Plastics Ltd.

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2019

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In April 2019 WSM Plastics was acquired by Seko S.p.A. Seko, founded in 1976 with their headquarters in Italy, is a global leader and manufacturer of dosing pumps and control technology. WSM Plastics continues to operate under its own name as a separate entity to Seko, retaining its existing R&D, sales, marketing and administration functions while continuing its long-term growth strategy.

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Today

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WSM Plastics are professional toolmakers and plastic injection moulding specialists of commodity plastics to high-end engineering polymers. At WSM Plastics, we take your product idea from concept to creation. We adopt a unique approach focused on individual project development, by offering comprehensive and tailored services.

 

 

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Krauss Maffaei machine

Key things to consider when choosing an Injection Moulding supplier

Polymer Selection

Polymer selection is an important part of injection moulding so when looking at suppliers it is key to identify whether they can assist with polymer selection. There are different types of synthetic plastics that include:

  • Standard polymers
  • Engineering polymers
  • High-performance polymers

There are different benefits of each type of polymer so it is important for suppliers to be able to inform and advise on what is suitable per the job requirements.

Design Capabilities and In-house Tool Making

When selecting an injection moulding supplier, it is beneficial to choose one that has design capabilities and in-house tool making facilities. This means that the process of injection moulding including the design stage and tool making is done under one roof. This makes it easier for teams to communicate at each stage of the process and it eliminates possible delays and encourages less room for mistakes.

Certified Quality Management System

Quality Management Systems (QMS) were designed to help organisations meet the needs of customers and key stakeholders. A QMS is a formal system that documents the processes, procedures and responsibilities in order to successfully achieve the aims of a project, whether this is tool making or injection moulding. A recognised international QMS system is ISO 9001 and is based on 7 quality management principles, which include having a strong customer focus, the involvement of top management, and a drive for continual improvement.

Post Moulding Services

Services don’t stop once the parts are made. Ultrasonic welding is a technique commonly used in the plastic injection moulding industry to join two components together with high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations. The finished product consists of glue-less joints free from connective bolts, screws or fastenings.

One of the biggest benefits of ultrasonic welding is that it is a cost-effective way to join parts, and helps designers overcome design constraints sometimes experienced with other joining methods. Our ultrasonic welding facilities can weld a variety of thermoplastic components. The equipment provides a high degree of reliability and repeatability and can be used for other functions including riveting, swaging and inserting.

Pad printing can add detail to your product to increase usability, add a personal touch and is a useful way of emphasising certain parts of the product. For example, you can pad print safety features onto a device to illustrate the correct operation to users.

At WSM Plastics, we have two colour pad printing in-house and have an established supply chain for Painting, RFI Coating and other special finishing operations. The flexibility of pad printing allows us to print high-resolution, defined designs onto almost any product regardless of size or shape, while the variety of inks available means that we can match the colours to suit your company’s corporate colours and branding guidelines.

The benefits of Project Management

Project management is put in place with the aim of increasing customer satisfaction. A project manager helps deliver the desired results of a project, whilst avoiding any unexpected costs and meeting the set deadlines. A project manager will also outline the risks of the project and work to mitigate them. Effective project management delivers project updates and information to the internal personnel and acts as a go-between with the client and the company. This decreases confusions and increases successful project completion.

Ranging machine sizes for flexibility

Injection moulding machines are referred to in their clamp tonnage, the tonnage will determine the size and number of cavities that can be produced. The bigger the tonnage means a larger component with a higher number of cavities that can be produced. For example a small machine has a 22 tonne clamp tonnage and a large machine has a 650 tonne clamp.

To find out how WSM plastics can support you through the injection moulding process, contact us today and we will be happy to support your needs.

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Exhibition hall

WSM Plastics are at three exhibitions this year!

2020 is set to be a busy year for the team at WSM Plastics as the company will be showcasing its capabilities at three exhibitions. WSM Plastics offers a unique one-stop-shop to assist your business from product concept, manufacturing to product aftercare. We offer our customers design support, toolmaking, plastic injection moulding and post moulding services.

Aircraft Interiors Expo – Hamburg

Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) is described as the event that unites the world’s airlines with aviation interior suppliers over three days of face-to-face business, networking and buying at the Hamburg Messe each spring. From the 31st March – 2nd April, you can visit the WSM team at stand 4US64. WSM Plastics has over 20 years’ experience in offering solutions to its customers in the aerospace industry. You can be assured that we follow the strict requirements and regulations of the industry.

Farnborough International Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow is the place where the entire aviation and aerospace industry gathers to learn, network and do business.

Responsible for hosting some of the largest and most successful events in the ever-changing aviation sector, Farnborough International Airshow has established a reputation for providing an unrivalled platform for businesses of all sizes, from all tiers of the industry, to showcase their latest innovations. We will be on stand 2536b in hall 2. The WSM Plastics stand will feature some of the recent products that we have manufactured for our customers.

Interplas NEC

Interplas is the biggest plastics industry event in the UK. A triennial event, over 500 exhibitors invest time and planning into demonstrating their latest machinery, equipment, products and services for visitors to view, test and experience at the show.

Visitors will be able to see the entire spectrum of moulding and forming machines in action as well as materials, automation, contract manufacturing and supporting technologies including software, testing, inspection, surface treatments and much more. WSM Plastics will be showcasing their capabilities in hall 4 on stand 639, including tool design, tool making and plastic injection moulding.

If you require information on the services we can offer but are unable to visit the stand at any of the exhibitions, contact us today and we will be happy to support your needs.

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Soldering in process

Post Moulding Services offed by WSM Plastics

At WSM Plastics, our services don’t stop once the parts are made. We are able to offer secondary operation services to complement our tool making and injection moulding.

Ultrasonic Welding

 Ultrasonic welding is a technique commonly used in the plastic injection moulding industry to join two components together with high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations. The finished product consists of glue-less joints free from connective bolts, screws or fastenings.

One of the biggest benefits of ultrasonic welding is that it is a cost-effective way to join parts, and helps designers overcome design constraints sometimes experienced with other joining methods. Our ultrasonic welding facilities can weld a variety of thermoplastic components.

The equipment provides a high degree of reliability and repeatability and can be used for other functions including riveting, swaging and inserting.

Pad Printing

As part of our post-moulding services, we offer pad printing so you can include your name, instruction information or company logo.

Adding detail to your product can increase usability, add a personal touch and is a useful way of emphasising certain parts of the product. For example, you can pad print safety features onto a device to illustrate the correct operation to users.

We have two colour pad printing in-house and have an established supply chain for Painting, RFI Coating and other special finishing operations. The flexibility of pad printing allows us to print high-resolution, defined designs onto almost any product regardless of size or shape, while the variety of inks available means that we can match the colours to suit your company’s corporate colours and branding guidelines.

Soldering

 We offer customers a full-integrated service where we work with you to develop your idea into a finished product. We can also design and manufacture any special purpose assembly and test equipment required in-house. Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and then flowing a filler metal into the joint-the filler metal having a relatively low melting point.

One of our current offerings includes soldering for Printed Circuit Boards and cable assemblies. Whether you require rework or small to medium batch build, our trained team carries out soldering to IPC-A-610 standards.

To find out more about post moulding services offered by WSM Plastics, contact us today.

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Checklist

The Importance of Total Productive Maintenance

What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a system of maintaining and improving production, safety and quality systems of machinery in order to produce high-quality end results, valued by an organisation and its customers. The main objective of TPM is to increase the effectiveness of equipment

Result of this approach will:

  • Reduce breakdowns
  • Ensure there is no small stops or slow running
  • Reduce the total number of defects

Defects, breakdowns and disruptions to the running of equipment can mean big losses to a business so the use of TPM improves the effectiveness of production lines. In addition to these values, it supports the practice of a safe working environment.

Implementation

To introduce a TPM system to any manufacturing environment, there are a series of steps to follow:

  1. Initial evaluation of TPM level
  2. Introductory Education and Propaganda (IEP) for TPM
  3. Formation of TPM committee
  4. Development of a master plan for TPM implementation
  5. Stage by stage training to the employees and stakeholders on all eight pillars of TPM
  6. Implementation preparation process
  7. Establishing the TPM policies and goals and development of a road map for TPM implementation

The foundation of TPM is “5S” and is itself an integral part of a lean manufacturing approach and continuous improvement.

Traditionally TPM has “8 Pillars” that focus on proactive and preventative techniques to improve the reliability of equipment. These pillars include autonomous and planned maintenance, placing more ownership of equipment maintenance in the hands of the operator and having a proactive approach to maintenance to achieve the desired approach.

The results of a successful TPM approach will ultimately be seen in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which is tightly coupled with the TPM goals above.

To find out more, contact us today.

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Chinese government officials with wsm staff

Chinese Government Officials WSM Plastics Head Quarters in Lancing

 

WSM Plastics Ltd has recently had a site visit from Chinese Government Officials to see different production methods in collaboration with Modern Moulds and Tools Xiamen, based in China.

Modern Moulds and Tools Xiamen, part of WSM Plastics Ltd, is based in Tong’an that is facing a high drive of economic development. The Chinese government will be supporting the growth of Modern Moulds and Tools Xiamen as part of the current economic development in the area.

We invited them to see the headquarter facilities and how the business operates in partnership with Modern Moulds and Tools Xiamen. It was a very successful visit that included operational overviews along with introductions to key team members across the group.

WSM Technical Sales Director Martin Jones also met with the Tong’an officials on his recent visit to China strengthening the relationship and bonds with our Asia partners, during the visit Martin visited the new building site for the new global headquarters of MMT Xiamen and WSM Plastics Ltd due to open in 2020.

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Bespoke tool

Working with customers for bespoke tooling

How we support your business 

To provide your business with the best performing tool for your specified components or product design, we work with you to understand your requirements to provide you with custom built tooling solutions. The experienced team at WSM Plastics are experts in supporting our customers with the design of both complex and standard mould tools.

We work closely with our customers during each stage of the tooling process. As each part is project managed, we hold regular reviews to ensure that our customers receive the best quality tool their component deserves.

As part of the continued support to our customers, we offer a Total Productive Maintenance plan (TPM), a service to protect your tools so they always work in an optimum condition.

The TPM plan was designed to help customers and reduce any production down times and breakdowns by offering maintenance and servicing around times convenient for you.

Recent Projects

WSM Plastics were recently approached by a customer for support on an upcoming project that involved the creation of four new injection moulding tools. The engineers were able to design a series of tools based on the customers artwork for the plastic injection stage of their project.

The first tool was a bespoke two impression clamp washer and the tool was designed, manufactured and delivered to the customer ahead of schedule. Our Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining facility allowed us to work quickly and accurately to manufacture the high precision tooling tailored for our customer’s needs. Within a close proximity and using the same technology, the second tool was completed. This is another example of innovative tool making at its best.

WSM Plastics Ltd have unique design services which enable us to help you get from concept to production in our one stop shop. The in-house team can help with product design, tooling design and manufacture right up to producing and delivering your finished goods here in Lancing.

To find out how we can work with you to support your business’ tooling needs, contact us today.

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