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Not many people give much thought to the fact that almost every object you touch as you go about your day had to be manufactured by someone. When you stop to consider the impact that the processing and manufacturing industry has had on the modern world, it can blow your mind. My mind was blown when my son arrived home from his new job at a local processing and manufacturing plant and told me about the industry he was now working in. Since then, I have learnt all kinds of cool things which I would love to be able to share with the rest of the world.

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Why Take a Tour of an Injection Moulding Plant Before Placing an Order?

by Anthony Harvey

If you've never used plastic injection moulding to produce parts before, then you have to spend some time finding the right company to do the job. As part of the short-listing process, you may find it useful to visit the company's production plant.

How can this help you decide if the company is the right one to choose?

1.  Check Capabilities 

When you talk about production with a manufacturing company, they tell you what their capabilities are. For example, the company talks to you about the types and numbers of machines they use. They explain how they would manufacture and process your order.

If you visit the plant, you can see how this works in practice. This allows you to check that the company does have the right machines and equipment. You can also see how they handle jobs at each stage of the process.

If the plant is well kitted out and working efficiently, then you can have confidence that they can handle your job.

2. Talk to Employees

As you take a tour of the plant, you'll meet machine operators and other workers. As well as seeing them in action, you can talk to them about their machines and their jobs.

While injection moulding is a highly automated process, machine operators should be knowledgeable about the process and the machines they run. They shouldn't just understand how to work a machine but should also be able to talk to you about what it does.

Choosing an injection moulding company whose employees know their stuff is important. These are the people who will create your order.

3. Look at Plant Conditions

While you're taking a tour, you can also take a look at plant conditions. For example, machines should be clean and well maintained. Even if they aren't currently working, they should look ready to be used. Badly maintained machines and equipment break down more easily. This could affect production times.

General cleanliness is also an issue with injection moulding. During parts of the process, like when plastic scrap is ground up to be reused, there is the chance of cross-contamination with materials from other orders if things aren't cleaned up regularly. This could affect the quality and look of your product.

So, even if you don't have an in-depth technical understanding of injection moulding, seeing a plant in action can help you decide whether to place your order with the company.

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