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Among plastic injection molders, there may be a tradeoff between their ability to custom manufacture parts on an individual basis and the capability to automate the production process for higher-volume cost-efficiency. The reality is that, with the proper vendor, automation and its associated benefits can be within the grasp of companies even if they have smaller production runs.
Quality does have a cost, but the cost of poor quality has an even greater cost over the life cycle of a product. The number-one consideration should be consistent product quality. That is, the manufacturing process turns out the same product every time, minimizing or even eliminating the risk of human error. Should something go wrong, the proper automation process is accountable enough to trace it to its point of origin. Corrections can then be made with little down time.