This feature was originally published in Plastics News on April 17, 2017 and written by Jordan Vitick.
Manufacturing Engineer, Chris Laverty, shares his experience working with RJG to improve processes and meet requirements of vital parts.
In part two of our series “What’s Ahead for Plastics Manufacturing,” we talked with Chris Laverty, manufacturing engineer with Plastic Components, Inc. Chris shared his perspective on how technology has made an impact on the industry, what Plastic Components, Inc. does differently and how the company maintains a competitive edge.
In part one of our series that shares engineers’ perspectives on what lies ahead for the plastics manufacturing industry, we talked with Mike Schafer, an engineer for Plastic Components, Inc. Mike touched on his prediction for the challenges the industry will face in the upcoming year including outsourcing production as well as technology advancements that will be of focus for the company going forward.
The plastics manufacturing industry is constantly evolving as technological innovations, automation processes and new materials become available. Manufacturers who predict and become educated about trends that will continue to propel the industry forward will become even leaner, faster and more efficient. We asked three of our experienced plastics engineers what processes they see evolving and what they believe lies ahead in the world of plastics manufacturing. We’ll kick off this three-part series with a Q&A with Mike Schafer, an engineer who has worked in the plastics industry for 3 years, and started his first full time position after graduation with Plastic Components, Inc. in May of 2016.
With over 5,500 plastic injection-molding companies in the United States, product manufacturers are challenged with choosing the best partner to help mass produce a product or production element for a business. When you need thousands of parts produced on-time and under budget, having the peace of mind that your injection molder will truly be a partner, and keep your needs in mind, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your product to market faster. Many important decisions that occur throughout each project process depend on information that is shared very early on. When expectations are presented at the onset of the project, there is less likely to be a communication breakdown down the road. Here are 6 other important considerations when selecting a plastic injection molder.
The tendency for North American manufacturers of plastic parts to outsource tasks to South America or overseas is changing back toward reshoring – or that of keeping production processes in house and within the United States. After decades of offshoring for economic purposes, wages in emerging economies have started to rise substantially. Additionally, the high transportation cost and complex supply chain of offshoring causes precision issues, product delays and disruptions that are no longer being overlooked and certainly factored into the overall product cost. In an effort to create cost, quality and time efficiencies for customers, many American manufacturers have made the movement toward “lights-out” technology.
Plastics manufacturing is a highly competitive, global industry in which businesses are presented with both time and cost challenges. Avoiding delays and reducing risks for costly design changes can mean that your product gets to market faster than your competitors.