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Innovation


Plastfix has identified innovation as the catalyst to achieving its goal of establishing a network across multiple continents, and becoming a pioneer in the automotive plastic repairs industry.


We invest in research and new technology, whilst continuously testing new products, materials, tools, and equipment.

In a short time, our Innovation Committee has propelled the Plastfix solution beyond the scope of any other industry provider; both domestically and globally.


Projects


Advanced & Self-Healing Materials

3D Printing Car Parts

Developing advanced and self healing materials including plastics and reinforced composites, the aim is to reduce lead time and address the feasibility of on demand supply replacement and restoration parts. Replacement parts and assembly aids including lugs, brackets, pins and fixtures can be 3D printed in parallel of other repair processes and delivered in time for the assembly or service process. Development activity is focused primarily on validating materials, part geometry and print methods to meet automotive – industry standards for reliability, performance and safety.


Robotic 3D Printing Repairs

RepairBot

Repairbot provides flexibility, precision and efficiency to repair automotive plastic parts such as headlight assemblies. With our innovative materials technology and the application of state-of-the-art sensors, actuators and digital control logic, we are providing robotic systems to improve the efficiency and repair assemblies previously not repairable due to missing or broken components. Many of the technologies being applied to the RepairBot System, such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, robotics and mechatronics are relatively well established in other discrete forms.


We are the future of Automotive Plastic Repairs!


Throughout our innovative endeavours, Plastfix has developed a number of patent pending tools, jigs and design registered equipment to be used in our automotive plastics repair process.
 
Our ambitious strategy and goals have positioned Plastfix as the leading authority on automotive plastic repairs. 


Our resources will make managing the ever-changing dynamics of vehicle manufacturing and automotive plastic collision repairs easier and faster for both our customers and the industry at large. The environment will benefit largely as we expand our scope to repair more plastic parts and divert them from waste stream. 


Plastfix has identified innovation as the catalyst to achieving its goal of establishing a network across multiple continents and becoming a pioneer in the automotive plastic repair industry.


We invest in research and new technology, whilst continuously testing new products, materials, tools and equipment. In a short time, our Innovation Committee has propelled the Plastfix solution beyond the scope of any other industry provider, both domestically and globally.

We engage with some of the world’s leading research bodies and industry professionals, with the intention of developing and delivering the very best solutions available in the current market.


Our world first ‘Hand Spike’ is the only tool known in the market purely used to manipulate/spike damaged plastic parts into shape following heat application. Our range of repair jigs are also an industry first, allowing our technicians to deliver more accurate repairs.

Tools and Equipment


Plastfix has developed and manufactured an entire catalogue of specialty tools and equipment to deliver its services. Our exclusive tools are a world first – including multiple types of ‘Hand Spikes’. Together with our ‘Heat and Push’ method, we are able to smooth impacted areas of plastic back into shape.


These hand spikes come with a secure base to hold the spike in place, aiding and lessening the strain on the technician’s upper body. These in-house designed tools are just some of the ground-breaking solutions Plastfix is developing to better assist our on-field technicians. We equip our staff with the best tools to ensure they can deliver better quality repairs for our customers.


Our custom-built repair stations are designed with the sole purpose to repair plastic parts such as bumper bars and have multiple clamping and positioning provisions to assist in the repair process.


These, and other developments are the result of years of hands-on experience and research. We have studied the best ways to simplify the repair process, and control employee safety and fatigue.


As we mature, and our process expands, we aim to build on our range and develop new and exciting additions that will assist in delivering quality repairs.

Repair Jigs


To simplify the repair process Plastfix is building one of the most sophisticated collections of jigs and templates currently used in the automotive plastic part repair process. These jigs, developed by our innovation division, assist technicians in repairing commonly damaged areas such as bumper bars, headlights and more.


Having the ability to line up or clamp into shape a missing or damaged plastic component gives Plastfix the ultimate edge in delivering quality repairs.


By using 3D scanning technology, we can accurately measure the area the jig will need to fit into, and then reverse engineer it to create a mould that the jig fits into precisely.


We aim to develop hundreds of these specialty jigs to ensure that our technicians have these available at all times. Each jig comes with its own part number that is linked to a ‘How to Use’ video, available on our Smart-Tech video library, within the Plastfix intranet platform.


These inventions yet again reinforce how Plastfix, is not only leading the way when it comes to automotive plastic repairs but is driving innovation across various industries and markets worldwide.

Repair Lugs - 3D Printed Material


Plastfix is in the process of developing its own unique range of repair lugs using an advanced material sourced from our sister company Tradiebot. This will enable us to facilitate repairs on plastic components that regularly have missing lugs or brackets and would not usually be able to be repaired.


These parts (such as headlights, grills and supports) will now be able to be repaired, rather than being thrown into waste and replaced with a brand-new part due to a small missing component.


We have established ongoing exclusive relationships with suppliers and are constantly working towards building new relationships with quality suppliers who currently carry their own range of repair components.


These components are comprised of several materials such as ABS, Polypropylene and Nylon. Each of these components has its own fitting method using either plastic fuse welding, adhesive bond or screws.


Used across many industries, 3D printing compliments traditional technologies to improve product design, streamline manufacturing and even forge entirely new business models. As its utility and accessibility increases, so does its potential to unlock innovation for countless inventors, engineers and designers whose ideas were previously too difficult or expensive to manufacture.


Plastfix is well advanced in creating solutions for the automotive parts supply sector, allowing us to offer our customers plastic repair components not previously available. A large proportion of our jigs are also developed using 3D printing and are made from a durable nylon material that is not affected by heat during welding repairs.


These components are unique and are only available to our customers through the Plastfix model.

CO2 Initiative


Plastfix is partnering with leading professionals in carbon emissions management and sustainability to offer our customers a CO2 reduction reading with every plastic component we repair. This estimate is calculated using a matrix of energy saving mathematical equations. The calculation covers the whole repair process, stretching back to the material of the new part, logistics, packaging and delivery methods. It also factors-in the preparation process of particular components, for example parts of a bumper bar that may have required painting. For components that have no recycling value and head straight to landfill (eg: headlights), the benefit of replacing or repairing the component is also taken into account. Having this information can help businesses make smarter decisions about component parts and help divert unnecessary waste ending up in landfill.


Worked with Plastfix recently? You can find this reading displayed on your customer invoice under CO2 Estimated Saving. All on-going customers also receive a quarterly CO2 reduction statement and an end-of-year certificate to display in their workplace for their contribution to reduce emissions.


Our CO2 saving estimate serves as a reminder to the industry and raises awareness that repairing parts rather than replacing them is a win for everyone: The customer, the environment and the economy.


R&D Innovation


Plastfix is driving innovation and working towards a number of exciting projects, with some potentially Government co-funded and supported by University research bodies. These range from developing by-products from plastic waste, CAD development, 3D printing, digital QC technologies, new materials and more.  Plastfix has the Government and University project leads that can facilitate any innovation projects with these areas.