A recent article by Plastics Technology magazine pointed out that the primary focus of many articles is on the latest technological advancement in equipment, materials and tooling, and auxiliary equipment. It is also pointed out that while these things are definitely imperative to the efficiency of blow molding plastic companies, the real determining factor of profitability lies in the efficiency in which you use your resin.
What Resin is Being Used in Your Blow Molding Project?
To put it quite plainly, the real money lies in the resin. Improvements made in labor and energy are always important, but those benefits are relatively small when compared to the savings that are achieved when you optimize your usage of resin. There are a vast number of ways in which you can reduce waste and cut down on resin usage, many of which concern employee training.
Related Costs Associated with Production
To emphasize the material related costs of production, a mock up scenario was laid out. With a four cavity machine producing 35g parts with a 12 second cycle time, resin accounted for 63% of the total cost of manufacturing. Further, when the scrap related costs are calculated into the figure, the material related costs jump to 2/3 of the total expense.
The example given allows that just 4% of the total materials used for the process are scrap and in an actual manufacturing setting the percentage of scrap is quite often higher so the material related costs would jump even further.
Keeping Material Costs Down with Plastic Blow Molding
We at Western Case Inc. know the importance of keeping material costs down. Keeping production costs at a minimum is why we can offer our clients competitive pricing for all of their plastic blow molding needs. Through employee training to keeping up to date with the latest technology and machinery, we strive to keep production costs down while maintaining the high level of quality and expertise that our clients have come to expect.