With sustainability becoming increasingly important, the need for parts to be used in sustainable energy continues to grow as well. Plastic extruded parts are ideal for use in sustainable energy applications due to their durability, versatility, and ease of production.

Solar custom plastic extrusions are just one of many plastic products used in the sustainable energy industry. Let’s explore the process of creating solar custom plastic extrusions and the benefits they offer to the industry.

How We Create Solar Custom Plastic Extrusions

There are a few different methods for creating solar custom plastic extrusions depending on the needs of the part and the application. We’ve outlined some of the most popular processes below.

Co-Extrusion

This plastic extrusion process involves two different materials being extruded through the same die. Co-extrusion merges these two materials into a singular part or product, allowing manufacturers to create parts with multiple characteristics. This manufacturing process is commonly used to create piping, weatherstripping, and frames.

Dual Durometer Co-Extrusion

The process of dual durometer co-extrusion is the method of combining materials with different hardnesses. It is similar to the co-extrusion process as it extrudes both polymers at the same time to yield a single product, such as trim and seals.

Tri-Extrusion

Tri-extrusion is the process of extruding three compatible polymers together to yield a product with different finishes, colors, and properties. Typically, products such as hinges, gaskets, and sheets are created through tri-extrusion.

Crosshead Extrusion

During crosshead extrusion, a piece of metal or wire is encapsulated within a polymer substrate. This process is commonly used to create cables, wires, and gaskets.

Tubing Extrusion

The process of tubing extrusion pushes a polymer through a die in order to create tubes or pipes. These are often used to transport materials such as water, gas, and chemicals.

The Benefits of Solar Custom Plastic Extrusions

Cost-Effective

Thermoplastics are less expensive and easier to machine than metals. This lowers the cost of production on custom extruded plastic parts for solar applications compared to other manufacturing methods and materials.

Efficient Production

Plastic profile extrusion machines are able to run continuously, so manufacturing never really has to stop. With the more time the machine can run, the more parts and products can be produced. Plus, the process of profile extrusion itself produces large quantities of products in a short period of time. This allows you to get your products to market and implemented into their applications rapidly.

Flexible Design

Not only can you choose between various materials or polymers to get the properties and the look you want, but it is also possible to create various designs. Different sizes and shapes of products can easily be produced through the extrusion process, giving you the ability to create the exact product you need to your exact specifications.

Advantageous Properties

Different polymers hold different advantageous properties, and since you can choose the materials you are using, you will be able to hand-select your materials to fit the needs of your application. At Custom Profile, we are also able to create plastic compounds that meet your needs if traditional polymers don’t work.

You will be able to assess the needs of your application and tailor the polymers you use in your parts and products to create the best possible solution. For solar custom plastic extrusions, since the parts will be subjected to weather, some of the most advantageous properties include weather resistance, UV resistance, water resistance, corrosion resistance, and chemical resistance. With this in mind, you will be able to hand-select the plastics that best suit your application.

Custom Profile is Your Partner for Solar Custom Plastic Extrusions

Custom Profile has been producing plastic parts and products through extrusion for over 30 years. Our team has experience in co-extrusion, tri-extrusion, dual durometer co-extrusion, and tubing extrusion. Plus, we can manufacture your plastic extrusion tooling and perform assembly and finishing services so you can complete every step of your part production in one place, with one manufacturer.

Contact our team today to get started on your solar custom plastic extrusions.