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Among plastic injection molders, there can often be a tradeoff between their ability to custom manufacture parts on an individual basis and their capability to automate the production process for high-volume cost-efficiency. The reality is that, with the proper injection molding partner, automation and its associated benefits can be within the grasp of companies even if they have smaller production runs. Here are three ways that injection molding automation can help level the playing field among manufacturers:
There are many steps that go into making a high-quality plastic injection molded product or part, many of which happen before production even begins. The quality planning and assurance process is one of these crucial steps, and it involves rigorous analysis to ensure the best possible design, materials, and production processes are being used for your application. Having a team of experienced quality engineers to plan and oversee this phase is critical for efficient, optimized production, and at Kaysun, we don’t cut any corners when it comes to quality assurance (QA) or testing.
With speed to market being a top priority for many OEMs today, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make their processes quicker and more efficient. In 2018, this often means having certain tasks automated by robots, software, or other machines, and the injection molding industry is no different.
Are you considering injection molding for the production of a current or upcoming plastic parts project? If so, you came to the right place. Injection molding is the ideal process for the production of a wide range of complex plastic components, and can benefit OEMs across many different industries. It’s consistent, affordable, and creates durable, high-quality plastic parts that can withstand just about any environment.
Injection molding is a dynamic, complex process that, simply by the nature of its many variables, requires some testing and adjustments to get it just right before you can start production. Some manufacturers, however, choose to focus on completing the the mold first and then build the process around the finalized mold, thinking this saves time and money. However, this approach typically results in production problems that slow the whole process down, and reduces quality and repeatability.
When it comes to designing and launching a new product or component, there are three things design engineers can always count on:
Complex injection molding is relied upon in a number of industries to make the production of plastic parts and products more efficient. Crucial to realizing this efficiency though, are design and manufacturing process improvements that allow for the consolidation of multiple existing parts into a single complex injection molded plastic component. Below are examples that demonstrate the benefits of part consolidation and how to achieve them:
In 2012, President Obama finalized standards to increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks to nearly 55 mpg by model year 2025, with the aim of saving Americans more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reducing U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.
While there are several ways to meet this mandate, reducing the car’s weight is one of the best – and easiest – ways to improve fuel economy without impacting other design and safety factors. That's why many automakers are rethinking production and using injection molded plastic components instead of metal assemblies.
Little things matter when it comes to overall efficiency, productivity and quality. Of course, having the best equipment and technologies, materials, know-how and training is a given. But efficiency and productivity are generally always enhanced when injection molders and their customers know each other well as partners and work together as a team. They share the same strategies. Each knows how the other thinks and operates. The relationship deepens over the long term because they know they are stronger together.