Nypro Inc., a leading provider of precision injection molding, and Inter-Mold Corporation today announced a global alliance, allowing Nypro to create new applications with a designed-in look for hook fasteners. The Inter-Mold Hook technology (IMH) eliminates the material and labor costs of attaching hook material to plastic. IMH is a breakthrough patented technology allowing one-step injection molding of hook fasteners directly into plastic parts. IMH can be used anywhere hook and loop closure systems are used today.
The IMH process is compatible with a wide range of injection-molded thermoplastics. A number of resins have been tested including polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, acetal, ABS and thermo-plastic urethanes (TPU). IMH technology is easily implemented and does not require moving parts in the injection mold.
“The IMH process will allow our designers and customers to create new innovative fastening solutions for their applications. This reinforces our commitment to provide manufacturing solutions that create value for our customers, employees and communities”, said Vince Issenmann, Technology Programs Executive, Nypro Inc.
The benefits of IMH include:
- Elimination of material cost and attachment labor
- Improved reliability and aesthetics
- Waterproof and chemical resistant
- Green process and environmentally friendly
IMH is covered by a number of worldwide patents, including United States Patent 5,368,549; US Patent RE 37,338; and US Patent 5,656,226. Patents have also been granted in other countries.
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