Performance Plastics LLC is pleased to announce the renewal of our ISO 9001:2015 certification, valid from March 2021 through March 2024. The ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Quality Management System is applicable to all our processes including development, sales, production, service and after sales.

At Performance Plastics, our Quality Policy revolves around ensuring that requirements are met while continually improving our Quality Management System. Creating customer satisfaction is our number one goal. The ISO 9001 standard is based on several quality management principals including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implementation of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. ISO 9001 ensures that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn ensures your satisfaction. Each of our custom projects receives the same attention to quality.

Performance Plastics, located in Cincinnati, OH has over 30 years’ experience in molding tight tolerance advanced plastics such as Fluoropolymers (FEP/PFA Torlon, Peek & Ultem) for many industries. We have developed proprietary processes enabling injection molding of parts that are thin walled, with tight dimensional tolerances, and complex geometries. For more information and solutions, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 513-321-8404 or email

Performance Plastics Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Fawley to Automation Technician.  Brandon has been with Performance Plastics for over 19 years in several roles, most recently as a 1st Shift Process Technician.  Brandon will have responsibility overseeing and maintaining our electrical and automation assets.

“Brandon has been with Performance Plastics through our growth and has extensive tribal knowledge second to none,” said Chris Lawson, , Chief Operating Officer.  “Shifting Brandon to this new role is a statement of our commitment to expand our capabilities, increase efficiency provide our customers with the excellent service they expect from an industry leader. We are excited that Brandon has accepted the challenge of a new role.”

Brandon Fawley is a native of Goshen, OH and attended Goshen High School as well as the Live Oaks Vocational program where he received his degree in Engineering Technologies and Robotics. He has acquired extensive experience by working within many departments within our organization and possesses valuable knowledge of the workings of our proprietary processes and automation technology.

Brandon stated, “I look forward to helping Performance Plastics continue to exceed customers’ expectations by providing the highest level of quality, as well as working with my new supervisor Jake Edwards.  Jake is a great guy and I look forward to learning from the best”.

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.

Clean Room

Performance Plastics Ltd – is pleased to announce the addition of new high-performance equipment and a new clean room environment.

Milacron Fanuc S450iA – High Speed Press -The Next Generation of Artificial Intelligence in injection Molding Machine.  Named the “Roboshot”, it features a high precision, reliable molding capability.  It is designed for cleanrooms and molding environments that demand precise process control, high speed injection and consistent reliability.

Yushin 0B7 Collaborative Robot – Features productivity, accuracy and safety. It is the next generation of collaborative robots.  Equipped with safety sensors, is can work at high speeds performing complex automation jobs.

Terra Universal Cleanroom – Features Whisper Flow Technology, our 10 x 20 custom soft wall cleanroom is configured with ceiling grid lights and fans/filters.

“The investment in the two new pieces of equipment and clean room environment expands our capacity to produce high volume, technically challenging parts for our customers” stated Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “We aspire to be the best not the biggest and become an invaluable customer resource in solving our customers engineering challenges”.

Performance Plastics Ltd offers high-performance injection molding thermoplastic expertise featuring tight tolerances and thin walled part geometries.  The industries we serve include aerospace/defense, medical and industrial applications. For more information, please visit our website at

Tara CollinsPerformance Plastics Ltd is pleased to announce the addition of a new Quality Manager, Tara Collins.  Tara joins Performance Plastics with over 15 years’ experience working with manufacturers who offer highly engineered products that require complete conformance.  Tara will have responsibility for our continued exceedingly high-quality standards.

“Tara brings a wealth of experience in ISO Standards, quality management systems (QMS) and an overall quality customer experience to our company,” said Chis Lawson, Chief Operating Officer for Performance Plastics.  “The addition of Tara as a quality leader is a statement of our continuing commitment to provide our customers with the excellent service, they expect from an industry leader. We are excited that Tara has joined our team and look forward to continued growth.”

Tara Collins brings with her extensive quality management knowledge as well as a demonstrated history of working in machinery, chemicals and the medical device industry. She brings knowledge from working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Quality Auditing, Medical Devices, Quality Management, Validation and Business Process Improvement. Additionally, she is a strong information technology professional with a RABQSA, Medical Device Management focused in ISO13485. Requirements TPECS from BSI Training.  She is a Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015, as well as Certified in Lean Manufacturing with a proven history of effective continual improvements through directing Kaizen events.

Tara stated, “I look forward to helping Performance Plastics continue to exceed customers’ expectations by providing the highest level of quality, as we grow this business”.

Performance Plastics is a custom injection molder of high performance, tight tolerance thermoplastic components for markets where failure is not an option, including Medical, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, and Industrial.


Performance Plastics adds the Nutplate Abrasion Tool “NAT” kit to the EnduroSharp® Product line.  The rugged NAT case comes with a high-density custom foam insert for easy inventory and protection. Nutplate Abrasion Tool, “NAT” kit consist of 1 aluminum upper handle (top), 1 aluminum lower handle (base) and 4 nutplate base inserts (CR3, CR4, CR5, and CR6). Each nutplate base insert requires use with abrasive pads. The NAT kit is used to safely abrade bond surfaces of CR series adhesively bonded nutplates.

For more information about our NAT Kit or to place an order contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or

Covid-19 has impacted our world in more ways than one. The ability to keep your office, workspace, and your whole environment sanitized has increased greatly. The use of cleaning supplies for sanitation increases depending on the type of surface that you are sanitizing. Some surfaces are more porous than others needing to be sanitized more often to maintain a clean environment. At Performance Plastics, we deal with different types of plastics every day, making us experts in various materials that excel in a clean environment.

The type of material a product is made from is a big factor when keeping a clean environment. We have a wide array of high-performance plastics to choose from for your product, however, our go to material for clean environments is always Fluoropolymers. Fluoropolymers are virtually impervious to chemical, enzyme and microbiological attacks while eliminating biodegradation issues. The non-stick properties of these polymers reduce adhesion, making it the perfect surface for clean environments. The ability to keep liquids, gel, powder and other contaminates from sticking to the surface is what makes fluoropolymers safe for clean environments. There are various types of fluoropolymers such as PTFE, PFA, and FEP. Each polymer has their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to various applications.

For more information on Fluoropolymers, contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or

Performance Plastics adds the C-130 Prop Hub Adhesive Removal Kit to the EnduroSharp® Product line.  The EnduroSharp® C-130 Prop Hub Adhesive Removal Kit is used to safely remove adhesive from the propeller system.  The Kit comes complete with a case of custom foam inserts that contain: 2  pneumatic tools, 1 Class I, Division 2 flash light, 1 contoured sharpening fixture (requires 120 – 180 grit abrasive paper, sold separately) and 4 EnduroSharp® Torlon® Scraper Blades (2 each left hand and 2 each right hand).

Performance Plastics is excited to offer this new kit to our customers.  If you have any questions please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or

Having a mold made is a big investment for an OEM or brand owner of any size—a large enough outlay that it needs to be reliable the first time, every time. And once the tool is built and passes all tests, it’s up to the molder to ensure reliable parts are made on every cycle.

Truth be told, some molders are not able to use these tools effectively, devaluing this significant and time-intensive investment. At Performance Plastics in Cincinnati, we frequently see customers looking to transfer their molds because their previous molder couldn’t achieve production goals with the tool.

Why Transfer?

The main reason for transferring a mold comes down to the molder’s expertise. Generally, when a mold is transferred it’s because part consistency is missing. Even if the molder makes improvements, the customer has to be able to trust its expertise and ability to solve problems right off the bat. A box of bad parts results first in a loss of confidence, followed by a lost order. There’s a saying: You only have one chance to make a good impression.

At least half of Performance Plastics’ current client relationships started out with a mold transfer, including a tool that makes 1 million critical parts per year. With the previous molder, that customer was not getting consistent production and was worried that its products would fail in the field.

The Handoff

Like so many others, that million-part customer initially reached out to Performance Plastics to discuss mold transfer. But the first step in the process actually isn’t packing the mold into a crate and shipping it to our Cincinnati offices. The first step is defining the problem.

At least half of Performance Plastics’ current client relationships started out with a mold transfer

Before a company can understand why it’s not getting the type of product that it needs, it must know what it wants out of its finished product and what it should be able to do. Ask yourself: Do you know exactly what your product is and what it offers? Do you know all of its critical operations? You cannot have a solution without a clearly defined goal.

For example, your customer might need “Diameter A” to be perfect. However, production of the mold was driven more by another product feature.

Any qualified molder knows that it must understand what’s important to its customer and whether or not the customer is getting it out of the product. Define the problem; don’t just identify the symptoms.

Once the tool arrives, look at the project holistically and try to determine whether the problems described by the customer are related to the tooling, processing or molding capabilities of the prior molder. Review the tool completely, verifying tool steel, venting, cooling channels and any other pertinent aspects.

Once you have the mold in the press, utilize scientific injection molding principles to develop a process and set up the process-control variables to ensure that process is “locked in.” In some cases, the previous molders didn’t use a robust approach in working with the tool and just missed something. We’ve had some success at Performance Plastics identifying these types of mishaps by using our industrial computed tomography (CT) scanning equipment. By rotating the part 360° and using X-rays to create a precise 3D model, industrial CT scanning allows us to see the inner workings of a part without having to destroy it for inspection.

In addition to the application of scientific injection molding principles, use a design of experiments (DOE) to ensure you have identified the pertinent process-control variables and their limits. DOE is a branch of applied statistics that deals with the planning, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting of controlled tests to evaluate the factors that control the value of a parameter or group of parameters. At Performance Plastics, we use software that allows us to dial in and predict tolerances as they relate to process changes. DOE is a powerful data-collection and analysis tool that can be used in a variety of experimental situations. You need to know how multiple varying factors in a design interrelate and affect the results that you believe are important.

The Transfer Process

While transferring a mold from one supplier to another usually takes between two and six weeks, our experience has revealed it can actually be accomplished in as little as three days. Our engineering team works with the customer and its engineering department from the start to identify issues after the mold arrives.

At Performance Plastics, we have three in-house toolmakers that can handle mold modifications to correct errors and create fixtures and robotic end effectors if needed. In many circumstances, the prior molder and mold designer did not plan for adequate venting or they sized the mold to a poor process. After our trial runs, we are able to use our expertise in metrology to identify the best course of action.

We have a saying at Performance Plastics, “It’s not tight-tolerance unless you can measure it.” Once we know what we need to change, we work with our toolmakers to implement the plan. A lot of the timing revolves around the customer’s ability to supply its own clients. Since the mold is already in use and contracts have been signed, customers need to keep up their inventory of parts to meet demand, all while working to transfer the mold to another supplier who can use it more effectively.

We understand that it’s a painful process to transfer tools and switch suppliers. That said, we’ve handled more than 150 mold transfers over the years and know how to make the transition as seamless and painless as possible.

About the Authors:

Anthony Malone is VP of technology for Performance Plastics Ltd., a Cincinnati-based custom molder. With more than 25 years of experience in thermoplastics, Malone’s expertise extends into resin selection, part design and mold design. He works extensively with customers early in the product-design cycle to optimize part performance, manufacturability and life-cycle customer costs based on his extensive knowledge of advanced manufacturing techniques. Contact:

Chris Lawson is COO of Performance Plastics and has more than 20 yr of experience with PPL. He started as a process engineer and then advanced through roles in quality, safety and manufacturing before assuming overall responsibility for operations. Lawson has specialized knowledge in the areas of automation (for production and inspection), vision systems, high-temperature polymers, process optimization and employee training. Contact:


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EnduroSharp® Online Order Form, is now available to our customers.  The new EnduroSharp® form is an interactive online form that gives our customers the ability to place an order or even request for a quote at their convenience.  The form has all of our EnduroSharp® products and prices listed, just select the quantity amount on the box and you will see your total at the bottom of the page. If you are looking to request a quote, the online form will give you a total for the products you would like to quote, followed by an emailed copy of your quote.  When placing an order the form will also, give you a total for the products you would like to purchase and provides an area for you to pay for the order with your credit card.

Performance Plastics is excited to bring this new offering to our customers.  If you have any questions please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or

Performance Plastics continues to add more capabilities that allow them to push the limits of tolerance control. A 165 Ton Sodick GL150A with Ultra-Precision Repeatability, was just installed at Performance Plastics facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 165 Ton Sodick GL150A, achieves high speeds and pressures up to 500mm/sec and 49,700 psi. High response injection is one of the most important characteristics in critical molding applications. The machine’s low mass/ low inertia plunger is directly responsible for its quick deceleration and ultra-precision control. The exceptional speed of the controller provides real time response during injection and records the melt cushion in 0.001″ for accurate process stabilization. This new Sodick machine will allow Performance Plastics to continue to push the limits of High Precision Molding with their “Problem Solved” approach. Below are some of the features this machine provides:

    • Up to 500 mm/sec 19.69”/sec) speed
    • Up to 343 MPa (49,750 psi) pressure
    • High dosing accuracy combined with an ultra-repeatable process
    • Quick response in injection acceleration & deceleration
    • Reduced shear melt vs traditional Injection Molding Screws
    • Shot usage from 10% of total shot or less vs 20% for traditional Injection Molding Process
    • Backflow prevention

“Performance Plastics has been a targeted prospect for Sodick Injection Molding machines by Plustech Inc. for some time due to a similar mindset. High temperature materials, complex geometry applications, along with micro “feature” parts can be difficult if the right machinery and personnel are not in place. Once both of our engineering teams collaborated on a challenging application it was then when we began our relationship. Performance is a company that has the capabilities to work on the high end of the technology curve and we look forward to continue to work and grow with the Performance Plastics team.” Len Hampton, Sodick National Sales Manager

“Purchasing the Sodick GL150, was an easy choice for us. We have worked with Sodick for several years. Their sales staff knew we were looking for a machine to take our abilities to the next level. The GL150 gives us that, increasing our maximum pressure by 33% over our current capabilities. Sodick provided our team with extensive training, making sure this new technology was fully implemented within our systems and facility. The Sodick GL150 gives us one additional tool in our arsenal to push our limits and to create solutions for our customers.” Chris Lawson, Performance Plastics, Chief Operating Officer

About Performance Plastics
Performance Plastics is a Cincinnati based precision injection molder founded in 1982. Performance Plastics design and manufacture injection molded parts made with ultra-high-performance plastics, specializing in complex geometries and tight tolerances for critical applications. For more information visit or contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or