Menasha has patented a method for creating plastic pallets with overmolded two-component friction elements. The process involves forming a rigid outer carrier member with elastomeric material, then injecting resin around it in a pallet mold. This innovation enhances pallet surface grip and durability. GlobalData’s report on Menasha gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Menasha, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Menasha's grant share as of February 2024 was 71%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method of forming plastic pallet with overmolded friction element

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Menasha Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11911939B2) discloses a method for forming a transportation system with an over-molded friction element. The method involves creating a rigid outer carrier member with upper and lower cavities, injecting elastomeric material into these cavities, and then molding the outer surface of the carrier member to expose portions of the elastomeric material on the upper and lower surfaces of the transportation system. The process includes transferring the carrier member to a mold for the transportation system and injecting resin to form the final product, such as a plastic pallet.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for forming a pallet with friction elements by creating multiple friction elements with rigid carrier members and injecting elastomeric material into their cavities. These friction elements are then positioned in a pallet mold, and resin is injected to complete the pallet. The process involves moving the carrier members between different cavities of an injection molding machine and forming recesses on the outer surface of the carrier members to facilitate the molding process. This innovative method allows for the efficient production of transportation systems and pallets with integrated friction elements, enhancing their durability and functionality.

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