Many of today's increasingly specialized industries rely on contract manufacturing for their thermoplastic or injection molding needs. It's a savvy move for industries such as automotive manufacturing because if frees up their own time and capabilities for creating the end product - a reliable automobile - rather than having to oversee the production and assembly of various parts. But many manufacturers fail to take advantage of the expertise and knowledge available at these contract facilities. Engineering Design specialists at contract factories are available to assist customers in developing the most cost-effective and accurate production and assembly program possible.
Because contract production companies take on a variety of jobs that rely on a wide array of techniques, including gas assisted, large and small machine, thermoplastic, heat set and structural foam injection molding, they are also likely to have experience with molding, overmolding, ultrasonic welding and various chemical bonding techniques. When end users contract out their injection molding or heat-staking, they should consult with the manufacturing engineering design team before production begins so that both parties have the opportunity to discuss their own capabilities and determine the most cost effective way to divide and locate the fabrication and assembly processes. If you need more than one kind of component manufactured, you can rely on the design efforts of engineers familiar with every aspect of the job.
You may be surprised to learn that having your contract manufacturer assemble components at their facility can save you a significant amount of money. You won't have to find space, time and employees for assembly at your own site and the manufacturer is likely to have plenty of space and skilled employees who can quickly and efficiently assemble your components without any learning curve. You'll also reduce or eliminate the need for specialized equipment and materials at your own facility. Without the need for employees with particular assembly experience, you can turn your employees' attention to more lucrative opportunities, using them for final product production. But how do you ensure that your components manufacturer can do the assembly properly? By working closely with their manufacturing engineering design specialists, who can quickly put together a team of trained assemblers with experience with your specific component materials and their unique properties. Because you'll no longer need industrial space for the fabrication and assembly work, you'll save money on industrial space as well.
The reverse engineering talent at many contract plastics fabrication facilities means you'll be covered if one or more of your current thermoplastics manufacturers chooses to terminate their agreement with your company. The in-house manufacturing engineering design team at any new production facility will be able to quickly develop a prototype for your inspection and acquire or develop the materials and machinery needed to produce and assemble the components you desperately need.
Thermoplastic and injection molding manufacturers often have a complete manufacturing engineering design team whose job it is to ensure that every component they manufacture meets the precise guidelines of their clients. They can also use their skills to save their clients' money by ensuring that every process is precisely controlled and every fabricating dilemma has a viable solution. If you haven't yet taken advantage of the in-house manufacturing engineering design experts available through your contract manufacturing supplier, now is the time.
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