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Compression Molding Services

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Compression Molding Services
Compression Molding Services

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Ashley Industrial Molding provides closed mold compression molding of a variety of body panels used by the construction equipment, military, and agricultural industries. With press tonnages ranging from 400 to 4,000 tons, a variety of panel types and sizes can be produced from entire hoods to smaller interior dash panels. Compression molding offers many advantages to the traditional metal or wood parts that it can replace. The ability to mold large, complex shapes allows designers to consolidate parts, increasing product reliability and reducing assembly costs. Eliminating unnecessary seams and joints from the vehicle design also reduces overall weight and increases the vehicle's aerodynamics.

Utilizing sheet molding compound, which consists of a reinforcing fiber embedded in a layer of polymer resin, very high strength structural panels can be manufactured with a much more desirable strength to weight ratio than steel or aluminum. Typically, we use a compound comprised of fiber glass strands in polyester epoxy, but other options, including eco-friendly soy based resins are available upon request.

In addition to molding, we provide a variety of value added fabrication, process control, inspection, and inventory management services. Secondary services offered include a 2k paint system that applies durable urethane based paints for an aesthetically appealing and functional surface finish. Robotic multi-axis routing and waterjet cutting are used to further refine parts and create additional features in complex components. All of these services were developed based on requests of customers, and as the industry continues to evolve, additional services can be added. For more information about our compression molding capability, see the table below, or contact us directly.

Examples of Our Work

Compression Molding Capabilities

Molding Process
Closed Mold Compression Molding
Materials
Sheet Molding Compound
Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester
Soy Based SMC
Clamping Force
400 to 4,000 Tons
Engineering & Development Services
Program Management
Project Monitoring
Pre-Launch Builds
Complete PPAP
CMM Inspection
Prototyping
Additional Production Services Provided
Painting
Routing & Trimming
Adhesive Bonding
Assembly
Component Sourcing
Waterjet Cutting
Inventory Management Services
JIT Shipping
Kanban Systems
Blanket Order Releases
Production Volume
1,000-20,000 Annual Usage Typical
Typical Lead Time
2 Weeks

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Agricultural
Construction
Military
Industrial Equipment
Forestry
Intended Application
Body Panels
Interior Panels
Industry Standards
ISO 9001:2008
File Formats
IGES (.igs)
PDF
STEP (.stp)
Pro-E/Creo 2 (.prt OR .asm)

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