Elite American injection molders specialize in plastics design and urge early supplier involvement to improve product quality and reduce costs. “We have design involvement in 80 to 85% of our business, comments Kelly Sichter, vice president of business development for Phillips Plastics, Phillips, WI.Phillips’ process involves five steps: Investigation, Exploration, Refinement, Implementation and Production.One of the most critical phases is Refinement, in which a cross-functional team of design, industrial and production engineers meet with marketing and other functional representatives to consider a myriad of trade-offs in the molding process that can result in improved marketability, manufacturability, or overall value. Click here to see a hypothetical example of four sets of choices for a handheld electronic device.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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