Jigs & Fixtures: More Profitable Production

Mainstream manufacturers are realizing that there is important value in producing their own jigs and fixtures and other manufacturing tools. Extreme reductions in production time and cost using additive manufacturing are driving this trend. This article features examples of manufacturers experiencing lead time reductions of 40-90%, and cost savings of 70-90%. Learn how you can improve productivity in manufacturing, engineering and design with additive manufacturing. 

New Economy In, Old Strategies Out: A Fresh Look at MES

Companies are trying to focus on unprecedented quality and service levels, and greater flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to new product introductions (NPIs). It's a familiar, but perhaps underutilized strategy to retain existing and attract high-margin business.

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What will you do with more capacity? You could use it to grow your business. Or, boost your financial performance. Either way, "making more" is very good for your business.

Going to the next level

Soredi S.p.a. is a manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds that was founded by the Ghidini family in 1983 and based in the northern Italian town of Cologne, between the cities of Brescia and Bergamo, and a 72-kilometer (45-mile) drive due east from Milan. In the ensuing three decades, Soredi has transformed itself from a small, family-run operation to a global dynamo that produced more than 16,000 tons of thermoplastics compounds in 2012.

Leveraging hidden potential

Reduced cycle time, minimized rejects and increased process reliability are significant competitive advantages in injection molding. To gain these advantages, companies rely increasingly on high-precision injection molding machines - often in combination with appropriate process monitoring systems. But an important factor that is often overlooked is mold temperature control.

Something in the air: Ionization as a solution to static

Static can cause problems in medical device manufacturing processes, but active air ionization is an effective and practical fix.  In 600 B.C., the philosopher and mathematician Thales of Miletus reported that after rubbing a piece of amber on the fur of a cat, the amber attracted and held feathers. This was the first account of static electricity (literally, electricity at rest).

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Faults in PTFE expansion joints: The secret of long life

The Chemistry Research Group PTFE Expansion Joints (AK-Chemie PTFE-Kompensatoren) was set up after the failure of a PTFE expansion joint had triggered an incident at former chemical company Hoechst AG. The group was designed to determine the limitations of the expansion joints available on the market at that time and develop a sufficiently detailed specification of the minimum requirements for pipe expansion joints.

Thermoforming vs. Injection molding

If you're interested in a comprehensive breakdown of the differences between thermoforming and injection molding, looking at everything from process and costs to lead time and aesthetics, look no further then the below graphic from Ray Products Co. Inc. Founded in 1949, the custom thermoformer offers large part thermoforming, robotic trimming, painting, assembly, logistics and more.

The Water Factor in Medical Device Resins

The Health Care industry has increased its needs for specialized devices over the past decade, which has led to a new frontier of resin and polymer development designed to keep the quality of care high while minimizing cost. With these goals in mind, the resins being used for medical devices are scrutinized more thoroughly than other resins that require less regulatory compliance.

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