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Injection Molding of Plastics (3089-IM)
Injection Molding of Plastics
Injection molding uses a ram or screw-type plunger to force molten plastic material into a cavity; this solidifies into a shape that has conformed to the contour of the mold. It is most commonly used to process both thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers, with the volume used of the former being ...
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Animal / Pet Equipment + Vets, Shelters (0752-AC)

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Animal / Pet Equipment + Vets, Shelters (0752-AC)
Animal / Pet Equipment & Vets, Services, Shelters - As of 2015, 65% of households in the US own at least one pet, and the pet industry is made up of the products and services that keep these pets alive, healthy and happy - food, toys, daycare, training, beds, cages, medical services and a lot more. Whether a dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, or lizard; pets need to eat, they need to be kept clean, and they need to have a place to sleep. With over 300 million pets in the US, the pet care industry has become a major industry. Large corporations such as Petsmart and Petco are the most well-recognized businesses, but there are also an enormous amount of small businesses, franchises, and sole proprietorships. Revenue in the pet industry is expected to be $62.75 billion in 2016, an increase of more than 4% over 2015. Food is the largest spending segment, followed by veterinary care. Animal enclosures including kennels, stalls, crates, dog runs, wash down areas, aquariums and terrariums utilize a variety of plastic materials due to their ability to be easily cleaned, and because they are more lightweight than other materials. Plastics such as HDPE and UHMW have good impact and scratch-resistance, while providing an economical replacement for stainless steel. Windows and Doors are typically made from acrylic or polycarbonate. These materials are also available in abrasion-resistant grades for longer life. ABS Sheets are commonly thermoformed for trays and pet carriers, or to provide protection for walls.

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