Seven hundred pounds of hardened stainless steel. That’s the average weight of an injection mold. Some can weigh over a ton, some just a few hundred pounds, but any way you slice it, you certainly wouldn’t want one to fall on your foot.
There has been a great deal of attention paid to the skills gap facing American manufacturers. The primary mission of last month's Manufacturing Day was to "addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t."
We all know that many young people shy away from STEM education and they have a distorted, grimy, perception of manufacturing employment and careers.
ThomasNet conducts an annual survey their Industry Market Barometer® which defines the business trends impacting manufacturing companies. This year's survey subtitle was "Will progress be sustainable without an infusion of younger workers?" The summary of the report indicates that manufacturing companies are projecting upward trends and continuing to grow, hire and add new products. "More than half (58%) of the companies surveyed grew in 2013 and 63% expect to grow by the end of 2014." However, growth may be impeded by a lack of skilled workers. Here is a sampling of their findings.
Not only have manufacturers experienced steady grow, but they expect the trend to continue.
Our eBook "An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding" will give you everything you need to know to get started. We developed this eBook with designers, engineers and purchasing specialists in mind. It is written to provide a basic understanding of plastic injection molding presses, processes and costs. Our goal is to make our customers and readers more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part. You can download your copy of the free PDF here.
There is no better time than the Fourth of July to begin a "Buy American-made" tradition. It's starts by checking the labels. Nutrition labels on food tell you what contents are in a product. Country of origin labeling tells you where the contents came from and where they were assembled. With a few exceptions, the government does not require this labeling; however companies are typically proud to display their "Made in the USA" origin. More than ever, American consumers want to purchase products made here and support jobs throughout our country.
Tips on buying American-made
With a busy holiday schedule ahead, we wanted to condense one of our more popular articles into a slide presentation for easy review.
If you are planning to manufacturer plastic parts, there is some basic information you should know about injection molding machines. This article provides an overview of tonnage and clamping force. We hope you find this information useful. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Injection Press Basics
While plastic injection molders will help you determine the size of the machine needed to get the best result, a project designer or engineer can get a good estimate based on some basic information. By knowing approximately what size machine will be required, you can better source a plastic injection molder that will meet your needs.
The world is full of creative people with creative ideas, but sometimes they lack the knowledge needed to bring those ideas to fruition. Crowdsourcing websites like Kickstarter and Quirky can help entrepreneurs refine their products and raise capital but what happens when these designers and engineers want to take their ideas to market? They need to determine the processes required to manufacturer their invention.