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Plastic Material Selection – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Part 1 Understanding Plastic Materials David Wright in his book “Failure of Plastics and Rubber Products” divides the failures of plastic into categories and percentages as illustrated in Figure 1. Figure 1 –  Human Causes of Plastics Failures [1] As we see, almost half of the failures is contributed by poor understanding and selection of …

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The Benefits of using DFM/A Up-front to Improve Production when Combined with Lean Manufacturing Process

In a consumer driven market, fast is more than just a word. The meaning of the word has been shaped by industries of its association. To keep up with the aggressive demand, Toyota established Toyota Production System (TPS) in the late 50’s. Often dubbed as Lean Manufacturing, the origin of a TPS-like environment can be …

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DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURIBITY: GETTING MORE WITH LESS

The conceptualization of every product plays an integral role in its manufacturing. Before its eminence dawned on the industry, manufacturing was fundamentally driven by ‘if it’s designed, then it’s machined’. What followed next was often dreaded by both designers and manufacturers-a difficult (often failed) attempt to manufacture a product to meet unrealistic design expectations which …

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Fast Track your Design to Manufacture to Drive Smarter Innovation

In the era of generation Y, a famed footwear company saw its growth floundering. What seemed to be a fleeting episode, went on to be a lesson for many (even today). For a two-digit scorer, growth rate at snaillike speed was a matter of concern. From rethinking branding strategies and campaigns to inspecting the supply …

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Get your Electro-Mechanical Design Right

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere- Lee Iacocca In a world strewn with air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, medical equipment mobile phones, cameras, hybrid cars and other paraphernalia, mechanical parts with Printed circuit boards (PCBs) form a major part of the consumer market. Given this, …

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