Manufacturing ROI

How to Measure Manufacturing ROI

Measuring the ROI in manufacturing is key to being profitable and being able to stay in business. To understand this metric an engineer, analyst or business owner will need to look at several main areas to break observations down into actionable information. Here’s what you need to know about measuring ROI in manufacturing.

How to Analyze the Cost?

To determine the ROI on the purchase of new manufacturing equipment, you’ll first need to examine the costs.  Here is a sample list of considerations to determine..

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Latest Efforts to Control Plastics in Our Waste Stream

The rise of plastic polymers drastically changed the industrial manufacturing landscape around the world. As new compounds became available, better products and cheaper production techniques led to unprecedented growth in the manufacturing sector. Modern plastics exist in almost every product in use today.

Although this innovative material enables the world’s latest technical innovations, its effects on the environment need to be considered. It’s because of these effects that new efforts to control plastics in our waste stream have received focus from researchers and legislators.

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What Makes for Great Manufacturing Equipment Design?

Businesses purchase equipment all the time.  How often does a buyer really think about what goes into excellent manufacturing equipment design? The fundamental question of what makes for effective or even “great” design can carry profound implications for your production line.  

What Makes Manufacturing Equipment Great?

There are a handful of key factors that go into determining great design in manufacturing equipment. These factors are important to consider both before making a new purchase. 
 

Finding faults..

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The Origins of Plastics

The Origins of Plastics: A Surprising History

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published guidelines that promote the use of chemically sustainable compounds for every stage during the lifecycle of plastic manufacturing. While it’s clear that plastics remain essential to human manufacturing, the compounds used in the future will no longer come with the adverse environmental effects we’ve seen in the past.

It may surprise you to learn that plastics aren’t necessarily synthetic. In fact, rubber that comes from rubber..

Thermal Press International Announces New Plastic Assembly Equipment Family

Thermal Press with Advanced Motion Control

Thermal Press machines with fully integrated Servo Actuators and Load Cells deliver the highest accuracy for your assembly projects and processes using our new force process mode of operation.

This advanced process motion control method allows for the most precise servo motion using force monitoring capabilities for your most demanding assembly requirements. Thermal Press machines feature..

Possible Issues with Ultrasonic Plastic Welding in Assembly

The performance of plastic parts often depends on the staking method applied during the manufacturing process. Ultrasonic plastic welding is a popular option among manufacturers, but product designers and process engineers need to keep in mind there may be some issues with the technology.

With ultrasonic welding, the production cycles are fast, doesn’t need any additional consumables, and works well in a variety of different applications. When deciding to use ultrasonic technology for the welds and joints, you should consider possible issues that can arise during the design stages. The..

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5 Easy Design-for-Manufacturability Ideas

When you’re bringing new products to market, it’s essential to consider the entire production lifecycle before moving towards manufacturing. Keeping the manufacturing and assembly in mind when designing the product can save time and money during the production process. As the final price of the product can determine its viability, finding the optimal design for manufacturing (DFM) will aid in balancing the productive-efficiency curve.

DFMA – Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Finding lean manufacturing and assembly processes isn’t exactly simple. Once the functional design of..

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Plastic Assembly Systems from Thermal Press

Using heat staking thermal presses for plastic assembly systems provides a flexible and efficient platform of tools. A good example of this was when Thermal Press assisted a medical device manufacturer to implement a complete hot staking solution for their plastic implants.

The basic process wasn’t particularly complex – it involved contact
deformation of base parts using thermal manipulation. However, the devices used
to create these types of assemblies need precise control features and exact
thermal delivery systems.

Using..

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Uses of Heat Sealing on Medical Devices

Between space and medicine, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more regulated industry. This makes sense as these industries contain many of the same dangers. In space, vacuum tight seals are important for survival.

In medical devices, having precisely measured seals can also mean life and death, so regulations are just as stringent. The many different applications of heat seals in the industry (such as ports & plates) require the highest standard of equipment manufacturing to deliver consistent, validated results.

Medical Applications..