Tubeway Sales Ltd have been manufacturing Plastic extrusions from its factory in Ipswich for over 60 years, since 1957 you can imagine we’ve built up a fair bit of experience.
We get asked about our manufacturing process, so we thought it might be useful to break it down and explain the process from start to finish with the key elements highlighted as we go. We would always recommend talking though your questions with our experienced Sales team, but the detail below is intended as a useful adjunct.
Some of the technical terms that occur during the process are further outlined on our Tooling page, these could have implications should you be looking to design a custom profile or where we are explaining the implications of a custom profile looking to utilise existing tooling.
On the most basic level there are 4 phases of a Plastic Extrusion line:
- Extrusion Machine
- Water Bath
- Haul Off
- Inline Saw
Production Run or Stock
You may be wondering why choose a Production Run vs buying the product from Stock, the benefits include:
- Price – Whilst the production process is initially expensive to set up, once up and running we’re able to pass on significant saving vs stock
- Length – Our Stock lengths are 1.83, 2.44, 2.54 or 3m or 30m Flexible Coils, a tailored Production run allows for a choice of your length, there are minimum lengths determined by the size of your profile so please ask the Sales team when discussing your requirements
- Colour – Our Stock colour packs reflect the most commonly used colours, we can however run any profile, in any colour based on the MOQ of the product. We hold a range of compound colours beyond the standard stock, view our range on our Colours Page
- Tooling Modifications – We can on occasion, depending on the profile make run-time modifications to our standard tooling, check out our Tooling page for more information on this. Discussion with the Sales team will always be needed to talk through the viability.
On the Flipside, Stock may be more appropriate where:
- Lead Time – All stock profiles are available for Next Day Delivery to standard UK locations, for orders received before 2pm, stocked in high volume to cover majority of orders
- Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) – Where your interest doesn’t quite reach the stated MOQ within the Production listing tables
- Prototyping – If you’re looking to test the viability of a profile for a larger product but don’t want to commit to a Production Run you could order a pack or two for testing purposes.
We hope this page is useful, if you have any further questions or would like to know more detail about any of the steps outlined above please contact a member of the Technical Team.