THE PROBLEM

Our customer produces very expensive and complicated vessel positioning systems for offshore drilling navigation. Using rudimentary tooling to produce plastic parts for the CRT display, keyboard and side panels, he made some prototypes for a trade show. Due to time constraints, he immediately went into production of the parts using the same rudimentary tooling. Results were unsatisfactory.

THE SOLUTION

A system frame was set up in our plant. Parts were custom fitted and matched together on the frame and reinforcements were bonded in place. We quickly made thermoforming molds. We provided our customer with high quality, well styled, rugged enclosures in custom colors within a short lead time.


THE PROBLEM

A belt guard on our customer's pump was costing him $280 each. it was made of stainless steel and delivery of the guards was uncertain. Our customer desired to reduce the cost of the guard, improve delivery and still have an attractive part.

THE SOLUTION

Our customer selected a high impact plastic from four plastic material options we off ered to him. It proved to be more attractive than stainless steel since it was made of white plastic with his logo on it, plus a place for his nameplate and part number. It also included a number of other features unavailable in stainless steel. His parts in lots of 100 now run him under $70 each, a cost reduction of 75%.


THE PROBLEM

Two prototype, lightweight electric powered buses for Santa Barbara and Yosemite Park required 14 separate molds for the plastic driver consoles, interior panels and window treatments, designed by our customer. A total of 45 separate pieces were required for each bus. Due to the short delivery time required, frames were being fabricated simultaneously with fabrication of the molds.

THE SOLUTION

We provided temporary molds and sample parts which were designed, fitted and modified during installation in just 7 weeks. Result? Our customer was able to deliver the buses on time.


THE PROBLEM

A major European manufacturer of large scale computers was seeking a local source for vacuum formed plastic cooling fan shroud covers, bezel decor panels and internal insulating panels for high voltage transformers.

THE SOLUTION

Our efforts included redesign and value engineering the parts to speed up and reduce the cost of installation. One example was removal of the mounting bolts on the bezels and the substitution of "peel and stick" tape without the loss of adhesion, even under high temperatures. In addition to producing large quantities of these parts, we have now become our customer's supplier of choice as well as his consultant for solving his plastic vacuum forming problems.


THE PROBLEM

Our customer, one of the largest producers of cast concrete fireplace walls for homes, used as a sales feature to home builders: "5 Day Delivery or No Charge." Over 150 different models were being used, designed or redesigned at any given time. This necessitated new metal molds and then plastic vacuum formed molds being available in just 7 days to provide the required firebox deliveries. The previous tooling and mold maker often required up to 6 months for delivery.

THE SOLUTION

We have maintained large quantities of our customer's mold plastic in stock and provide guaranteed 7 day delivery, including tooling, even if plastic molds break during their production or with minor changes. The result? Fewer production stoppages and our customer is able to maintain his delivery promise.


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