CHALLENGE: Our client came to us with specific existing requirements for manufacturing. In order to conform to these parameters, their existing injection molding equipment posed several challenges. Namely, this equipment serviced products placed in bulk, which created several "unavoidable" steps. It became apparent that their operation needed a much leaner method for executing production and assembly.
SOLUTION: Precision Automated Technology evaluated these hang-ups by looking first at the desired end result, then stepping backward through each step of the assembly process. We suggested that the client take injection molded part directly from the press, then reorient and place the product directly into final packaging. By doing so, the client eliminated several steps of existing process equipment.
Streamlining not only increased production, but it also gave the client more quality controls at his fingertips. For example, if part of "Mold A" records an error, we can immediately track its origin, as well as it's destination path. This was previously not an option with their old system of bulking directly off of the press—providing no indication which tip came off of which mold cavity. Instead of 100% inspection on bulk, the client can now perform random inspections based on product code and requirements.
RESULTS: Although this new machinery has only been in operation for six months, their facility has already requested additional equipment.