Ground catch Arpi: solve the quadrature of the circle
Reconciling the cheapest, the tiler, the electrician and the housewife, this is a mission that falls squaring the circle when it comes to installation and integrated electrical outlet. Yet this is the challenge that Arpi wanted to raise by developing a soil-resistant water, dust, which can be installed both outsides and inside on all types of soil (from tiling on floating floors), without visible plastic or screws!
Famous challenge !!
Beyond the challenge that society has set for itself, it is at the same time the well-being and the safety of the inhabitants that are at stake when one evokes this type of installation. If these integrated outlets go unnoticed, the connectivity of our homes makes them ever more complete and … more complex. Today, connectivity is not “that” outlets, they are also computer inputs (ethernet for RJ 45), telephony, television or connections for speakers … This specification aimed at a durable product, which can last, without separate accessories for installation in hollow floors (unlike other similar products on the market until then), which required the use of specific materials, in particular with some proposal of material mixing fiber,
The contribution of IPIC Plastic: from conception to realization!
If the initial prototyping had been carried out on the basis of a 3D study, the help of IPIC Plastic was invaluable, especially for the production of the injection molds. “We had to make sure we had sufficient thicknesses and evenly – let’s not forget that the plug is IP66 certified, that we must pass over it safely, that it fits in the ground, so it must be able to resist high pressures and shocks because it is also certified IK10, then we wanted a beautiful piece whose different elements fit perfectly, “says Philippe Boulvin, who brings this project to Arpi .
Released in May 2016, after more than 3 years of reflection and development, the ground catch meets all the points of the initial specifications and is promised a bright future since it is already exported.
Work with plastic while respecting the environment
Concerned about the impact of its productions on the environment, IPIC Plastic decided to look into new biodegradable materials.
Indeed, in recent years, materials composed of resin and vegetable fibers have appeared on the market and have interesting characteristics for the injection of certain plastic parts. We obtained some samples of the FKuR materials through helianPolymers and we did some injection tests in our company. The products obtained with these new components meet the quality criteria that we have determined.
Thus, we can provide our various customers and festival organizers with beverage tokens made from this type of material. Indeed, the organizers of these events multiple initiatives in recent years to reduce their ecological footprint, so this is the first area for which we wanted to offer these bioplastics. The tokens thus obtained are, like the traditional tokens, reusable, but have the distinction of being renewable and biodegradable in the natural environment.
Our material range is growing since we can now propose the use of three types of bioplastics:
- resin + wood fibers,
- resin + bamboo fiber,
- resin + bark powder.
These three materials can be used in their natural color or colored according to the requests of our customers.
In an environmentally friendly way, IPIC Plastic hopes in future to be able to offer advantages of parts made with these materials, especially for parts whose life is more ephemeral, which is likely to generate more waste.
More than a quarter-century of experience …
The history of IPIC Plastic began well before 1990 since it is at STELLA MEDICAL that Michel Marchot accumulates his experience in the manufacture of plastic parts, but the restructuring of the company sounds the death knell of the division “plastic injection”…
Michel Marchot decides to maintain his experience and buys his injection press that he installs … in his garage.
The opportunity to take the step towards a real production will soon be presented and IPIC Plastic SA is born in 1989, with three new partners: the wife of Michel Marchot joins him and the latter joins forces with Dany and Hubert Dardenne. Among their customers: STELLA, THULLE and PELL PAC.
The activity of Ipic Plastic is launched and it will grow rapidly. In 1991, the wife of Michel Marchot retired. In 1996, Hubert Dardenne disappears.
In May 2002, following the death of Michel Marchot, Dany Dardenne remains alone at the helm … until 2006.
While Ipic Plastic has 2 workers, 6 presses and answers to the requests of 17 customers, it is time to give a new breath to the company. This is partly the reason for the arrival of Joseph Rousseaux. And in 2007, Ipic Plastic concludes its first export outside Europe.
The modernization of the machine park requires regular changes, and we must resolve, in 2013, to separate from the first injection press, it will have injected during 23 years for Ipic plastic.
The balance sheet of this quarter century, it is a turnover which progresses of 10% each year since 2006, which required to expand the team which counts today 5 workers, 12 injection presses, more than forty customers. And also some projects in the boxes which we will inform you during the year through our news-letters, our information on the site and our presence on the digital networks.
Ipic Plastic in Plastiwin’s magazine
Born in 1989 from the meeting of a mechanical workshop and a plastic injector, Ipic Plastic has customers all the way to China, Russia, Israel and Thailand. A good performance for this SME Liège of 6 people.
1 / You celebrate this year your 25 years of existence. In what speciality ?
We position ourselves purely as an injection workshop. Most of our clients come to us with the sketch of a play they would like to see done. This is often in the context of research and development programs. To meet these needs, we have surrounded ourselves with partners – such as design and design offices – to fully meet the demand. We therefore cover different stages, from pre-study to production, through tooling, plastic part design, pre-series, final inspection, assembly and assembly. packaging.
2 / Who are your customers?
We work mainly in the small and medium series, from 250 to 100 000 pieces, for the sectors of the aeronautics, the electrical industry, the automobile, the defense, the locksmithing … They are often parts of a very high technicality, which require insert poses. Currently, we offer combinations for force inserts, hot inserts and overmolding. If the use of plastic begins to become widespread in the production of cars in series, it is especially during the design of vehicles that it can make the difference.
Before any homologation or test, the manufacturer finalizes various “concepts”, very limited or even unique copies that must however be functional or, in any case, as close to the reality of the finished product. Ipic Plastic is regularly asked to produce, in this context, pre-series of 900 to 1000 copies. Until 2006, our productions covered only Benelux. Since then, our regular investments and new services have enabled us to convince customers in Italy, but also in Israel, Russia and even China and Thailand.
3 / Why did you join Plastiwin?
We grew up very fast in the last 8 years. At one point, we felt isolated. We did not have any more contact with the actors of the sector. We did not have time to do strategic watch. At the beginning of 2014, we took part in a first meeting within the framework of Plastiwin, where we could very quickly have professional and sharp contacts. In addition, we found that our customers come more easily to us because of our membership in Plastiwin. Question of credibility.
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Automotive and Plastic
There are several (good) reasons to see plastic becoming more and more present among the components of motor vehicles. First, weight gain. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, plastic can, in some cases, advantageously replace other materials (such as steel), heavier. However, the reduction has become a must for car manufacturers, forced to reduce CO2 emissions as the consumption of their future models.
Indeed, at low speed, the official consumption of any new vehicle is measured on a virtual course at an average of 34 km / h. The first of the parameters determining the consumption is the mass, far ahead of the aerodynamic drag, for example, which does not become predominant above 80 km / h.
This structural relief is, in addition, even mo, re profitable in the case of a rechargeable electric or hybrid vehicle, because it reduces the size of the very heavy and expensive lithium-ion battery.
Formerly confined to aeronautics, racing cars or sports, ultra-confidential production, the most cutting-edge lightening techniques are happening, economic situation requires, to become accessible to the greatest number.
But if the use of plastic is noticeable in the production of production cars, it is especially when designing vehicles that it can make the difference. Indeed, dice before any homologation or test, the manufacturer finalizes various “concepts”, very limited copies, even unique which must however be functional or, in any case, as close to the reality of the finished product.
Therefore, it is necessary to produce plastic parts in very small quantities. Only medium-sized and small companies can position themselves in this niche, and yet they must have a well-diversified machine park and, most often, an integrated service.
This is the case of Ipic Plastic, which has been responding regularly for several years to requests from major car manufacturers. But hush … we can not quote them here, maybe the car whose parts are injected at Ipic Plastic is still rolling on our roads …
Inserts at Ipic Plastic
We invest regularly in new machines, this is particularly the case for the techniques related to inserts. Currently, Ipic Plastic offers combinations for force inserts, hot inserts and overmolding.
The technique of molding is mainly used to protect the insert (electric ex.protection, protection against shocks, to obtain two kinds of materials (different color or stiffness), the plastic material will be added around the insert.
The technique The cold insert is used instead when it comes to soft plastic, sometimes to provide a reusable thread and, essentially in the context of moderate vertical traction.
The hot inserts, them, obviously offers more resistance to the forces of traction that can be exerted on the insert.
In general, the torque resistance varies according to different parameters such that the diameter of the insert and the tensile shrink resistance varies according to the length of the insert.
These different elements, such as the shape of the insert (for its part crimped) or the choice of the plastic used are therefore all parameters to be considered by the designer, which is why we regularly accompany our customers as soon as the design of their parts .
Ipic Plastic is greener
At the switchgear level, the tips and all the parts that can be thrown away are legion, with a significant impact on the environment. However, it is the price to pay to minimize the risk of contagion. Obviously, the medical industry is concerned about this environmental problem. Cedetec, for example, has a long history of producing tools for examinations and colon care.
Thierry Charlier tells us about his company’s approach, Cedetec: ” We have a long history of working with Ipic Plastic. If initially, our demand was all classical for Ipic Plastic, our product, it was quite innovative, since we asked Ipic Plastic to manufacture the first device of irrigation colonic managed by electronic and heating the water with very large precision. All the products we offer are designed and assembled by ourselves, so the specifications that were submitted to the team of Mr. Rousseaux was very precise and the dialogue allowed us to finalize the production of cannulas which are used during care and exams .
Obviously, there is therefore an interest in having a more “green” solution for these plastic tips. Their use over a very short period of time should make it possible to envisage solutions with bio-degradable materials, and we therefore asked Ipic Plastic to think about a solution that would make these cannulas biodegradable “.
For Rousseaux, this will not be a first: ” we already had a demand of this type for the manufacture of consumer chips (such as those distributed at festivals), but an extended storage in the pockets of festivalgoers was not suited, especially when the rain was in the game. But, indeed, alternative solutions exist, according to the uses and make it possible to reduce the environmental impact of such productions. Ipic Plastic is of course always attentive to these alternatives and our machinery allows us to provide an adequate answer like the one provided to Cedetec »