Company Moves Armor Tech Forward

Posted: Updated:

A Plainfield-based manufacturer has secured a grant to boost its work on plastic reinforcements for heavy-duty metal armor. Jeco Plastic Products LLC will use the money to help fund custom digital simulations using Ohio State University's supercomputer. Chief Executive Officer Craig Carson believes his company is the only one in Indiana capable of producing the laminated, molded technology. August 4, 2014

News Release

PLAINFIELD, Ind. - Jeco Plastic Products - designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries since 1973 - recently received a research grant from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Using the grant, the Indiana manufacturer is investigating the feasibility of using thermoplastic composite laminates to reinforce existing metallic armor. The thermoplastic composite laminates promise to increase blast damage resistance without the weight penalty of metallic reinforcement, which reduces off-road mobility. Tasks set forth in the grant include identifying and evaluating plastic materials and laminate structures through complex custom simulation technology using the Ohio State University supercomputer.

Announcing the grant, Jeco Plastic Products President and CEO Craig Carson commented: "Jeco Plastic Products was selected by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences because of our unique ability to thermoform complex plastic compounds and to incorporate a wide variety of reinforcing materials into seemingly simple structures. The work is proceeding well, and we are pleased to be of service to our country in this fashion." Carson, a West Point graduate and Viet Nam veteran, heads up the successful plastics molding company, which recently celebrated its 40th year of business.

Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures extremely durable pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage. Other Jeco capabilities include the ability to produce large plastic structural components made with continuous carbon fibers in a variety of engineering thermoplastics. Jeco designers employ complex internal reinforcement to impart dimensional stability and structural integrity to their products. Jeco production facilities include rotational plastic molding and thermoforming capabilities unique in North America. Jeco Plastic Products is located in Plainfield, Indiana, and may be reached at +1-317-839-4943 or www.jecoplastics.com.

Source: Jeco Plastic Products LLC