Prototype Support & Tool Building

TRANSFORMING THE INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS 

Prototype Support 

PCI Prototype SupportPCI works with prototype development partners to create custom tools and components built with a production mentality. Quick turnaround time and cost-effective pricing allow customers the ability to order prototype components that replicate a production part's design. PCI ensures tools are built to specification, allowing the customer to have full confidence that the prototype component is capable of being tested, marketed, or even used for short term or low-volume production needs. 

PCI values our strategic partnership with prototype development resources to provide our customers with:

  • Single-cavity prototype tools which replicate the design characteristics of production caliber tools (i.e. similar tools design process, material selection, gating, parting line configuration, water line design, etc.)
  • Collaboration with our prototype development partners on business development efforts, particularly for new programs, part development, and metal to plastic conversion projects
  • Fulfillment of the "project manager" role with respect to development work, third-party contracts for prototype tooling and low-volume molding 

These partnerships have allowed for successful tool launches at Plastic Components, Inc. and will continue to be a focus area of innovation in the years ahead. 

Mold Building for Performance

Mold BuildingAn early step in manufacturing the perfect part begins with developing the mold. Not only does building the tool take a great deal of time and accuracy, it is often the most significant investment of the manufacturing process. As a result, it is critical to work with a partner that can get it right the first time.

At PCI, with support of our tooling partners, our expert manufacturing engineers leverage the power of modern CAD software, select the proper metal and coatings that can stand up to the rigors of production and deliver years of precise production. 

Tool Transfer & Maintenance:

PCI’s tool transfer facilitation includes all the necessary steps to ensure a smooth tool transfer that limits loss of production time. All engineers, technicians and service personnel will be in close communication throughout the process and have a thorough understanding of expectations prior to your tool’s arrival at PCI.

With PCI’s on-site tool project management services, we are able to keep your injection molds running efficiently, as well as provide timely mold modifications and repairs as required. Tooling capabilities and services include:

  • Tool sourcing and build management
  • In-house tool room for repair and re-work
  • Advanced preventative maintenance management through IQMS ERP system

 

Why PCI?

We embrace the words of Thomas Edison: There’s always a way to do it better..find it. For close to 30 years, PCI has been challenging the status quo through technology, automation and engineering expertise to provide our customers with a strategic partner for their “mission critical” injection molding needs.


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