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A mold-production benefit for HTI customers.

From a plastics manufacturer’s point of view, one of the most important aspects of injection molding production planning is price. If manufacturing process doesn’t monetize correctly, a product isn’t worth producing. At HTI, we use a number of different processes and principles to assure optimum possible price with best possible results. One element of production we carefully consider to achieve a satisfactory price is cavitation—the number of cavities producing a part with each press cycle.

Stellar design and meticulous customer service are important benefits for manufacturing customers, such as those who depend on HTI as a manufacturing partner. However, efficiency of process is a quality many customers value most. Inefficient processes can mean losses of both time and money. Even if you have a perfect design, an inefficient process can lead to the failure of your project. HTI has cultivated and maintained a high level of efficiency through several channels, and today we are known for it as much as for design and customer service.

At HTI, we’re proud of our ability to provide some of what we humbly believe is the industry’s best custom injection molding manufacturing. One aspect of our manufacturing services that is especially near and dear to our hearts is innovations in design. Each product we create is based on the specific and unique needs of our customer. How do we determine what those needs are? We work right alongside our customer counterparts to think creatively and produce a design that meets the customer’s requirements. No matter how simple or complex!

If you were to observe the beginning of any new project as it emerges in HTI’s production schedule, you would notice emails, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings with clients—all critical steps to assure manufacturing success. HTI personnel use Gantt charts and software, such as Microsoft Project, to enable ongoing collaboration between those involved in a project. This well-practiced communications strategy allows us to ensure swift results for our clients.&nbsp

If you’re new to manufacturing an injection-molded product (using plastic or other materials), it’s critical to realize the impact materials have on the design and manufacture of a product.

Case in point: Recently a company that sells outdoor/sporting equipment contacted us to ask if we could take an aluminum part used in one of their products and manufacture it in plastic. The company’s goal was to reduce the cost of their existing part.

If you’ve ever stood in a drugstore or grocery store aisle considering which product to choose, chances are you didn’t give a second’s thought to whether the branding and messaging was hot stamped, pad printed, or labeled.

But when you’re responsible for working with a manufacturer to produce injection-molded packages, you have to determine the best decorating technique for the product. The most common types of decorating are Hot Stamping, Pad Printing, External/Sticky Labeling, and In-mold Labeling.

If you’re new to purchasing injection-molded plastics, you may be surprised when you read this post and discover all the hours required to produce a mold.

Recently a poultry processing company approached HTI Plastics about manufacturing a poultry shackle. The part had been made overseas. But the company, based in Nebraska, decided it would be simpler to make the part locally. They use about 10,000 pieces each year.

Before we begin production on a part or product, we determine what kind of resin to use. The resin is the base of the plastic product or component; the most essential element of the final product that will have impact on its cost, production time, usage, and life cycle. Resin selection is one of the earliest stages of part design, so it's not something we take lightly. These are just some of the things we consider when making a resin selection:

Every complex machine requires maintenance. You service your car to get better gas mileage and extend its life; we maintain our injection molds to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. The number of cycles run on an injection mold is a lot like the mileage on a car - certain operations must be done at prescribed intervals.

Every mold we make is different from top to bottom, and each choice we make in designing it affects its capability, cost, life cycle, and more. Here are some of the things we consider before designing the mold that will make a new product.

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, it's important that HTI creates a high-quality product the first time, every time. That means controlling variation. Controlling variation is the key to producing consistent high-quality products that meet or exceed customer requirements. To identify and eliminate processing problems that create variation, we gather extensive data from each process and analyze it from a statistical standpoint. This level of analysis lets us understand our ability to effectively control or eliminate most sources of variation.