THE FREQUENT SCENARIO
A few years back you worked your butt off to find a manufacturer that could provide you with high quality products without sacrificing efficient production. You asked all the right questions to help you choose the right injection molder to partner with. Fast forward to today and your numbers still look good and your customers are happy when their delivered products arrive. Life is good, right?
Well, maybe. Because even though you may have found an excellent contract manufacturer, that still might not be the best manufacturer to help you maintain your competitive edge. Our advice? Never stop exploring new ways to improve. What may have proven the best solution in years past is challenged constantly by the threat of new technologies and low-cost offshoring.
Here at KASO, we like a good challenge, and finding new ways to support our customers and to make their lives easier and more profitable are some of our favorites. Here are just a few of the ways we continue to meet these challenges head-on to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
AUTOMATE TO INNOVATE
If you think you’ve exhausted all avenues to improve the efficiency of your manufacturing, you may want to revisit automation. Customers are often surprised by what can be accomplished through the automation of even one aspect of production. Manufacturing automation is one of the driving forces of the U.S. manufacturing industry and the opportunities for automation are plentiful; by working with your manufacturer’s engineering resources, you may be able to make dramatic improvements in your production.
INCUBATE YOUR OWN NEW OPPORTUNITIES WITH 3D PRINTING
One of the most exciting new developments in manufacturing in recent years is the newfound approach to small batch production. By testing out new product concepts or product enhancements quickly and affordably, you’re providing your company additional opportunities for growth. 3D printing has made rapid prototyping and event short-run manufacturing an exciting complement to scaled production.
DON’T FEAR THE RETOOL
The challenge of scaling production can also seem daunting. Once you’ve invested in your injection mold, retooling begins to sound like a bad word, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s because the costs of retooling can be weighed against its possible benefits. Imagine a single cavity injection mold that is now doubled to two, or even multi-cavity. Welcome to more efficient production, reduced part cycle time, and products going out the door that much faster!
In the end, these are just a few of the ways you can improve your production without breaking the bank – by working closely with your manufacturer, you can devise a strategy that will work for you.
Find out more about KASO’s injection molding and engineering resources. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a quote.