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Since 1987, IntriPlex Technologies has been an intersection of some of the world’s most extraordinary people – customers, employees, and industry alliance partners. Our approach to solving problems has allowed us to stay relevant and be an effective player to the world’s most demanding industries including data storage, semiconductor, medical, automotive, and telecommunications.

By employing advanced precision forming technology, vast knowledge of metallurgy, metrology, deburring, cleaning, heat-treating, specialized finishing, and high-volume production, we allow our customers to realize meaningful benefits. They get a superior product that can be produced efficiently and consistently at a lower cost. The list below provides the answers to the most frequently asked questions about IntriPlex. Please contact us if you need more information about our products and services.

Precision forming technology FAQs

We have Bruderer presses that range from 10 to 60 tons.

Our presses run from 100 to 1100 strokes per minute (SPM) depending on the part geometry and requirements.

IntriPlex is a leader in precision stamping. Below we have listed some of the typical tolerances we achieve. However, these can be improved to meet critical to function features on parts:

Thickness: ± 0.008 mm, with Cpk requirements
Inner Diameter: ± 0.008 mm, with Cpk requirements
Outer Diameter: ± 0.008 mm, with Cpk requirements
Length: ± 0.015 mm, with Cpk requirements
Surface Flatness: 0.020mm
Surface Shape Parameters: ± 0.004 mm
Feature True Position: 0.020 mm
Material Hardness: ± 15 Hv

We can stamp a variety of materials, including specialty metals, and we welcome reviewing projects with unique requirements. Here are some of the materials we commonly work with:

Aluminum
Copper
Stainless steel
Brass
Carbon steel
Clad and inlaid
Precious metal plated material (including with selective plating)

We stamp material thicknesses from 0.025 mm to 3.175 mm. However, IntriPlex can customize dies for thinner or thicker material if required.

Some of the operations we perform include piercing, coining, extruding, deep drawing, broaching, shaving, bending, shaping, staking, lancing, and blanking.

Tool & die design and development FAQs

Yes, all our tools are designed and developed in-house.

Yes, we can use soft tooling for prototyping and preliminary trials. Soft tooling can be an option for customers looking to get parts quickly for testing before moving into a high volume (hard tool) die.

Our high-volume die lead times range from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the complexity of the die. We can make prototype parts from soft tooling in as quickly as 1-2 weeks.

We use SolidWorks, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Inventor, and Feature CAM for manufacturing.

Quality system FAQs

Our processes are controlled and documented to meet customer needs and to drive improvements. We utilize an InfinityQS software and database system companywide. All our parts are produced in batches with unique lot numbers that provide traceability to all key production details including raw material lot. Our US and Thailand operations are certified to ISO9001:2015.

Deburring FAQs

Our team can customize solutions for cutting (material removal) or polishing parts depending on the requirements or application. Matte or polished finishes can be achieved.

We use a wide variety of media to meet specific customer requests such as plastic, porcelain, and aluminum oxide.

Chemical deburr produces a consistent matte or polished surface finish. This process can also be used on parts with a fragile geometry where mechanical deburr might not be viable.

Thermal Processing FAQs

IntriPlex’s in-house heat treating processes include:

Annealing
Hardening
Tempering
Stress relieving
Precipitation strengthening

Yes, we provide direct heat treat services for customers. Our thermal processing team has extensive industry experience.

Advanced cleaning & drying FAQs

IntriPlex can customize cleanliness solutions for our customers. We have the capability to meet the demands of companies with the tightest chemical and particulate level requirements in the world. IntriPlex can also provide a more streamlined cleaning process for projects with basic needs.

Yes, we have three dedicated DI Water Ultrasonic Clean Lines. These lines give us the flexibility to clean parts of all shapes and sizes.

For applications with stringent cleanliness requirements, we have the capability to test the number of microscopic particles that shed from our parts when exposed to ultrasonic energy or under other extreme conditions. We can also test to see what material these particles are, whether it is carbon (organic contamination), metal (loose particles from the material itself), or oxides (unwanted inclusions found within the raw material).

We use HEPA Filtered Hot Air Recirculating Dryers. This allows us to dry parts quickly, while maintaining cleanliness and protecting the geometry of the part. For more basic applications, we can utilize other equipment such as ambient air spin dryers.

Material conversion FAQs

We have the ability to convert many different adhesives, such as 3M and JDC products, to our components. We can place adhesive on different materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, and even plastic. IntriPlex also has the technology to provide recessed adhesive around the periphery of a part or adhesive-free zones within the part.

Engineering design & support FAQs

IntriPlex wants to work with our customers as partners. Through our Innovation Center, customers can bring us their design challenges and receive support on design, prototyping, and testing.

After a product transitions into high-volume production, a team of Product and Quality Engineers at IntriPlex will continue to work with you to provide support as needed. Did your requirements change? IntriPlex can build and test prototypes or evaluate new critical to function parameter requirements until a solution is found.

Inspection FAQs

Some of the equipment we use in our Quality department include:

Laser interferometers
Coordinate measuring machines
Stereo microscopes up to 30x magnification
Custom mechanical gauges, with resolution down to 25 nm
Scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy

IntriPlex has multiple clean room and flow benches in our US and Thailand facilities that can be utilized for inspection processes. Our clean rooms are rated at Class 10,000 and bench area at Class 100.

Packaging FAQs

We offer a wide variety of packaging solutions, including custom packaging, to meet our customers’ requirements.

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