Nichiei Company, Ltd.

Nichiei Company, Ltd. - Nichiei excels at molding highly functional, precision gears, as small as 2mm, and as precise as .15 module & AGMA Grade 11-12.  We also specialize in metal/plastic insert molded gears, as well as precision bearing shafts and retainers, and offer capabilities for small, medium and high volume applications. Plastic gears and bearing components offer many advantages over metal, including lightweight, low noise, low friction (without additives or coatings), corrosion resistance and lower cost. Nichiei has developed this precision injection molding capability over a 30 year period, and has learned that the key to our success is offering a fully integrated solution, from material recommendation, to mold flow analysis, to mold design and manufacture, to prototyping and production, and then to final part inspection. This high level of integration insures we can meet and exceed our customers' expectations. 54 Tomahawk Trail
Sparta, New Jersey 07871
Phone: 973-729-2355
Contact: Liz Gershon, NA Exclusive Representative


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Nichiei employs an integrated system which handles the production of prototypes of highly functional precision parts which uses engineering plastics and super-engineering plastics (e.g. PEEK, PAI, and PI) to the mass production of molds and precision injection molds. We are able to achieve weight reduction and cost reduction in addition to higher functionality, such as slidability, and heat and wear resistance.

In ultra-precision super-engineering plastic molds, there is a fine relationship between the refined mold manufacturing technology and the exceptional molding technology. at Nichiei, we are able to fuse these two processing technologies; thereby enabling the stable mass production of highly functional and ultra-precise parts. High performance is achieved by substitution of metallic parts.

Examples of Processed Products

1. Plastic shaft bearing with a deflection tolerance for the internal and external diameter of 0.005 mm

Usage: Bearing shaft for OA equipment
Material: Acetal (POM)
Die: 4 cavity
Reason of development: New Application

A customer had used a machining process in the early stage of development, and later used a wet polishing process. However, they were struggling to meet the specifications, even during this development stage. Nichiei received inquiries from them and recommended using an injection molding process. The part was made from acetal (POM), a crystalline resin that has a high post-molded shrinkage rate, something that was unacceptable to the customer. To solve this problem, we worked with the customer to produce a machine that could measure molding tolerance precisely, and observed the variation over time 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 1 year after molding. After confirming that there was no change in dimension, mass production was started. Based upon the volumes required, Nichiei built a 4-cavity tool with a tolerance of 2u-3u, supporting the mass production of 300,000 bearing shafts per month.
2. Thick-walled bearing shaft: Coaxiality tolerance of 0.01 mm

Usage: Bearing shaft for OA equipment
Material: Acetal (POM)
Die: 1 cavity
Reason of development: Replacement of a machined part to improve quality

A customer had used a machining process to meet the specifications in the early stage of development. The process was time-consuming, costly and yields were low due to quality issues. Nichiei was contacted by the customer and recommended injection molding. A major concern for this part was the fact that it was thick-walled, which often leads to a surface indentation, or or "sink mark", due to material shrinkage during cooling. In fact, molding this part with a coaxial tolerance of 0.01mm was extremely challenging, but Nichiei was able to solve all the problems, producing a blemish-free part which is now in full commercial production.
3. Plastic bearing shaft: Circularity of 0.002 mm; External diameter tolerance range of 0.008 mm

Usage: Bearing shaft for OA equipment
Material: Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP)
Die: 4 cavity
Reason of development: New development (trial production)

A customer was struggling to achieve tight tolerances in a molded part requiring circularity of 0.002mm and an external diameter tolerance of 0.008mm. Nichiei offered a proprietary molding methodology that is now meeting both the performance and specification requirements, resulting in a very satisfied customer.
4. Insert gear of JGMA Grade 0

Usage: Gear for OA equipment
Material: POM, elastomer
Die: 4 cavity
Reason of development: Next generation design to eliminate noise during operation

A customer realized they needed a plastic gear to reduce the noise in their Office Automation equipment. Since plastic alone would not meet the high temperature requirements of the part, it was suggested that they include a metal component within the plastic gear. However, a metal/plastic insert molded gear typically does not maintain the tight co-axial tolerance required for a JGMA Grade 0 gear. The customer came to Nichiei who then developed a new (patented) molding technology to produce an insert molded gear that maintains the necessary accuracy and dimensional stability, while meeting the fitness-for-use requirements of the part.
5. Super small module gear

Usage: Gear related to a cell phone
Material: PEEK
Die: 1 cavity
Reason of development: New development

A manufacturer in the cell phone industry designed a super-small module gear, but since the teeth were very small and a torque was applied to the gear, typical engineering plastics would not work. Nichiei recommended a suitable material to the customer, based on our knowledge of performance needs and conditions of use, plus over 20 years of experience with super-engineering plastics. Also, since this was such a small part, gate placement and use of ejector pins required special knowledge.
6. Pipe with an internal diameter of 0.5 and length of 72 mm

Usage: Medical component
Material: PES
Die: 1 cavity
Reason of development: New development (trial production)

A customer needed a funnel-shaped end for a clear pipe with an internal diameter of ?0.5 and length of 72mm. Since burring could not be tolerated, the customer could not have the part machined from rod stock. Nichiei was asked for advice and began the development process. Since the injection pressure was very high, it was extremely difficult to keep the mold pin of ?0.5 standing straight during molding. Also, the length of 72mm was nearly impossible to achieve with injection molding. As a result of much trial and error, Nichiei has been able to produce parts with the necessary degree of precision.
7. Super small screw

Usage: Small screw
Material: PEEK, etc.
Die: 1 piece
Reason of development: Trial production

Nichiei manufactured this part to meet a customer’s need to replace an extremely small metal screw with a plastic screw. The screw was so small that typical engineering plastics did not satisfy the required strength of the screw thread. Nichiei worked with the customer to recommend the appropriate material(s), design and build the tool, and produce prototype parts.