Archive for Říjen, 2011

Michigan Manufacturing hardest hit and hardest Spun

Michigan Manufacturing hardest hit and hardest Spun

The Detroit News Online The TV report had an interview with one of the local mold shops in Flint, Mi. Schmalt Tool and Die. President. Laurie Moncrief went on to make a few good points. One was that for every manufacturing job loss there were about 4 others in other industries that were lost because of this. I’m not sure if this is true or not. The Michigan Economic Development commission in this area is always pointing out that for every manufacturing job created, their are approximately 3.5 jobs created. The part I’m not sure about is if the inverse is also true. The MEDC is always stating how many jobs they have created or retained. Most of these seem to be of the Walmart variety, as I see it. I guess a point could be made that any job that is still here is “a retained job” although I don’t know how you would go about quantifying that.

They seem to be more interested in press conferences with large organizations rather than helping the small manufacturer create jobs. They keep reminding us that more jobs are created by small companies than large corporations, but do little to help them. Michigan has some of the highest unemployment in the country, yet they still go out tooting their own horn on job creation. Ms. Moncrief claims to be a small tool and die company. Again 30-40 employees and 4 million in sales isn’t my definition of small, but that is debatable. The fact that they are looking to outsource their design work to India doesn’t fair well for her either. I travel in the same circles as these people and frequently run into them at different affairs. I’m always amazed how their able to spin the truth to their advantage.

Of course President Bush is quite good at this also. Here’s a link to his news conference with the National Association of Manufacturers today.President Addresses the National Association of Manufacturers Of course he only emphasizes the positive. No mention of Michigan, other than the President of NAM is the former governor of Michigan, John Engler.

Global Plastics Processing Machinery Market

Global Plastics Processing Machinery Market to Exceed US$13 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

The global plastics processing machinery market witnessed a sharp decline in 2008 and 2009, as the global economy experienced the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The recession-induced decline hastened the global shift in plastics processing machinery manufacturing, from the West to East. As a result, emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, and Russia are becoming significant contributors to sales volume and manufacturer revenues. The recession has also fostered the industry?s shift towards complete production systems and highly automated investments, specifically in the emerging markets where companies have less-developed internal development capabilities. Weak demand in domestic markets compelled manufacturers to look at other international markets to try and offset losses, which intensified price-based competition among them. With significant reduction in profits, most of the leading end-users are cutting down on capital expenditures on the processing machinery, especially plastic and rubber products manufacturing machinery.

Asia-Pacific and Europe collectively account for a major share of the global plastics processing machinery market, as stated by the new market research report on plastics processing machinery. Increased demand for machinery from Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa is expected to surpass demand from developed markets of the US, Japan, and Western Europe, owing to factors such as steady economic growth, increased focus on industrialization, and rising per capita income level of the regions. China is likely to emerge as a major market for plastics processing machinery across the world, while India and Russia are expected to register robust gains. The plastics processing machinery market in China is anticipated to reach US$ 3.5 billion by 2012. Countries with low-volume demand such as Iran, Malaysia, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are also expected to make rapid gains.

Injection molding machines continue to hold ground in the global plastics processing machinery market. The continued dominance of injection molding machinery market is attributed to advantages such as enhanced accuracy in manufacturing products, high level of energy efficiency in the process, and improved flexibility, which enable machines to manufacture greater range and variety of products. Though the injection molding machine market witnessed significant fall in revenues during 2009, the market is exhibiting early signs of recovery. Faced with tough market conditions, majority of the manufacturers focused on redirecting resources towards development of new technology. Such efforts are expected to bear fruit as the market moves towards complete recovery. Resurgent demand for polymer from packaging applications, and specialized sectors such as healthcare, medical and defense is expected to drive the market?s recovery. Additionally, robust demand from Central and Eastern Europe markets is also expected to favor the segment?s growth in the post-recession period.

The market for extrusion machines is expected to register robust gains, benefiting from the growth in worldwide construction spending in the post-recession scenario that is likely to spur the demand for extruded goods such as sidings and pipes. Advancements in the extrusion technology are likely o bolster the sales of more productive and higher priced machinery.

Plastic Injection Mold Maker and a day in his life

Plastic Injection Mold Maker and a day in his life

How does it feel to be a maker of plastic injection molds?

Ok, raise your hand if you personally know of a plastic mold, hmmm … I do not see your hands! Well, who knows what makes a tool-maker? This does not look good, so try to give you a glimpse into this unknown world.

I have one of these “invisible work” that is rarely acknowledged, but universally rated. You see, almost everyone likes his cell phone, computer, guidehis car, reads CDs, and generally enjoy the fruits of our hard work.

But almost nobody thinks about where all this stuff is. In fact, I have some very strange questions over the years, what I do, like when my mother asked me how I have done many forms per day! I told her I needed a period of 4-12 weeks to make a typical form and they just kind of cocked his head and replied. “Oh!”

Take, for example, the computer mouse. It ‘prettyplastic, and it took a mold to make the mold to produce the components of the mouse. I suspect that there are 10 total pieces in the mouse, so that the institution had 10 different forms are made. Here is a look at some ‘typical day at an American plastic injection molds. Not really vary too much throughout the world, both in detail and number of overtime hours and specialization.

It starts (I’ve never seen one sees them, even though I once heard)I work at 6 or 7, have also never seen a machine tool, has announced the launch at regular intervals. Typically works 10 hours or 9 days 5 hours and often on Saturday. First Asia has become a force to be reckoned to die, there was virtually unlimited overtime for all tastes.

Probably in plastic injection molds for over 25 years, had two years of technical school and worked as an apprentice for four years. This is a lot of training and experience thatabsolutely necessary, because there is so much to learn and master.

Here is the process in a nutshell, a small nutshell

Once someone has the idea of ??making the computer mouse, this is a preliminary draft is done, then a printing company the contract to build the form, a Form Designer comes with a “project” (no longer uses CAD says, because it is done on a computer), and finally with the mouse is pressed into the plasticPart.

This gives the farmer the shape of the mold design and plan together to find a “how to” process. The overall shape is the smallest in every detail, how to pass in the end, a form is really a million little details that complement each other.

So for the next month or two, the creator tool is working with the engineers, apprentices and other tool manufacturers for the production of all shapes and pieces that make up a finished form. You have to cut the steel with a knife very specialHigh-tech machines that can cost $ 150,000.00 each.

Then there is the very mysterious machine called an EDM machine, the really weird, to be launched. This machine, which goes by the name of the EDM is the main reason that all these forms in the plastic parts that you are using, as curvy as the mouse can be produced.

Reasons Why Automation is Vital for Injection Molding Today

Reasons Why Automation is Vital for Injection Molding Today

Automation in Injection MoldingAutomation in injection molding projects minimizes hands on involvement, resulting in improved consistency, repeatability, product quality and ultimately the best value for the customer.

Robotics can be used throughout the injection molding process during the insert molding or over molding process, helping to assist in secondary operations and quality inspections.  Using automation processes can eliminate waste, produce consistent quality components and at a faster cycle time.

Reducing the need for manual intervention in the molding process

To make the insert molding and over molding process more efficient, robotics are often utilized.  Injection molders make use of robotics to place the metal components in a molding machine before the insert molding process and then perform secondary operations like part trimming and packaging.

Injection molders can take advantage of the use of robots in the over molding process by removing a molded part or substrate from one injection molding machine and then placing it into another injection molding machine for the over molding process.

Using robotics to complete as many tasks as possible frees up time and resources for any required hands-on processes. It also makes it possible to repeat those tasks over many cycles with consistency and predictability.

Robots are also used for secondary operations in the injection molding process.  Some samples of use of robotics in secondary operations are for part trimming, drilling or clipping.  As well as in assembly of injection molded components either by welding, bonding or adhesives. Automation is also used for sorting of product for further processing and packaging components to be shipped to customers.

Precision and consistency in plastic injection molding are important quality considerations. Without having both, you cannot produce high quality injection molded parts.

Measuring quality specifications using fully programmable, automatic CNC-driven quality inspection and measuring equipment to verify critical dimensions on first article inspections and production samples or runs enables accurate and reliable data every time. This takes the human element out of the equation and enables timely corrections in the production process.

Handy Plastic Injection Molding Byproduct

Plastic Fasteners –Handy Plastic Injection Molding Byproduct

Among all the plastic injection molding products, plastic fasteners are one of the most widely used. These fasteners have gone a long way to make life easier and simple. With plastic fasteners like caps, bushings, plugs, clips and rivets, you can simply do away with rusted fasteners that spoil your product. Very often, you face problems when these just do not unscrew and lead to much bigger problems. Indeed, plastic injected molding products like plastic fasteners can be said to contribute to the huge success of the plastic industry. The durability quotient of plastic products is something which is accepted invariably even by its detractors.

There are many different types of machining tools that are used for making these plastic fasteners. They are blow molding machines, structural foam machines and plastic injection molding machines. Of these, the injection molding machines are the most widely used for making products like fasteners. This is because you can get ultimate productivity using these at the shortest possible time. Apart from the above mentioned plastic fasteners made through plastic injection molding, there are cable routing and wire handling hardware, circuit board hardware, pins, studs, spacers, push in fasteners, standoff, stem bumpers and threaded rods.

Most of the manufacturers of plastic injection molding products have provision for taking customized orders like choice of materials, shape, size, color alternatives and many more. This is possible in the most modern facilities where the products like clips, Christmas tree clips, washers etc. are made through a series of computer designed capabilities popularly known as CNC plastic machining. Specially qualified engineering professionals are required for this purpose.