We Embrace the Future . . . Today
HARBEC Plastics Inc. was established in 1977 as a contract Tool and Die/general machine shop. Its founder, Bob Bechtold, understood that opportunities existed in that market for innovative solutions and problem solving.
Initially these solutions were primarily implemented through the application of CNC and CAD/CAM technologies. Today these capabilities are enhanced with the state-of-the-art high-speed CNC, multi-axis CNC milling, and solids-based modeling and programming.
Also, many leading edge technologies are employed to allow HARBEC to offer the best and most contemporary capabilities to their customers. This evolution of potentials, especially as they apply to the field of plastic part injection molding, enables HARBEC to offer a complete solution in one location.
From initial design and concept modeling stages, through advanced production tooling requirements, to low or high volume production injection molding and secondary processes, HARBEC takes full responsibility for meeting our customer’s requirements.
Since its inception, HARBEC has always been found at the forefront of innovation and trends in injection molding. If it’s being done, we’re doing it here. If it’s not, we’ll be the first.
Bob Bechtold was the first dealer in the Rochester area to sell CAD/CAM and, as a result, he taught the competition how to be successful. He knew that, in time, the toolmaker would embrace CAD/CAM for mold making.
While many in the industry initially considered the advent of CNC to be the death of the toolmaker, HARBEC realized immediately that it was a powerful extension of the toolmaker. Now, one-of-a-kind, complex shapes and forms were possible and HARBEC could achieve end-product results that were previously unimaginable.
This passion for innovation continues today with HARBEC’s:
- Selective Laser Sintering including our next generation 3-D Systems capabilities allow us to “grow” functional plastic and metal parts in one day.
- Mastery of engineered resins that allow us to mold even the most difficult of materials
- Xyloy™ Injection Molding process which yields high-tolerance net shape metal parts using lightweight alloys, standard hardened steel molds, and conventional injection molding equipment with proprietary modifications.
- Receipt of the 2011 MEP Excellence in Sustainability Award from NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology