What is Blow Molding?

What is Blow Molding?

What is Blow Molding?

resin pellets.jpgBlow molding.  You hear us say it over-and-over again when we talk about our products.  But, what does that really mean?   In case you don't know, today I'll give you a quick explanation and show you a few photos to, hopefully, help you understand the process of blow molding a little better.

Every plastic product that Lifetime makes starts as white plastic pellets, like in this picture.  These pellets are hauled in on train cars to our factory. We use nearly 400 train cars of pellets per year!  The plastic pellets are then pumped to our outdoor silos and then to the building silos.  (If you live near our factory in Utah, you may have noticed a new Lifetime logo towering in the skies.  The logo is on our newest silo that stores these plastic pellets.)silos.jpg

blow molding machine.jpgThe plastic pellets are then heated by pressure and colored pellets are added at this stage to speckle or completely color the plastic.  Next, the melted plastic pours down the distributor head to the mold.  The mold then closes and clamps the plastic, and a puff of air is blown down the middle (hence the name "blow molding") to push the plastic into the sides of the mold. This blow-molding process creates a single piece of product with a sturdy, one-piece, double-wall design. blow molding kayak.jpg

The excess plastic is then cut-away after the product comes out of the mold. (Similar to how you trim excess dough away from a cookie cutter.)  The excess plastic scraps are then recycled and ground back down to pellets to be reused in another product.blow molding kayak2.jpg

So, now you know what blow molding is… at least the quick-and-simple explanation.  Want to know one more fun fact about blow molding?  Lifetime has one of the largest blow-molding facilities in North America!  Cool, huh?

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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