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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

Katie Evans

Recent Posts

Mapp Benchmarking Conference Was a Success!

Posted by Katie Evans on Oct 20, 2016

 The 2015 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference just finished its 15th year in Indianapolis!

MAPP Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference was featured as one of the best manufacturing conferences for plastics processing executives and the Engineering Resource Center was excited to be one of 40 sponsors at the event this year. The Benchmarking Conference was packed full of best practices, leading edge benchmarkers, and top-level presentations. It's safe to say the Engineering Resource Center went home feeling nothing less of enlightened and inspired. 

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Topics: Tradeshow, Marketing, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping

Advantages of Process Control

Posted by Katie Evans on Oct 7, 2016

Process variability in injection molding and the manufacturing of plastic parts leads to a variety of set-backs, such as product waste, low productivity, and poor quality parts.  In other words, when the process of injection molding varies or becomes less efficient, these unwanted effects can result.  To prevent inefficiency or poor quality parts from happening, process control (PC) is used to monitor and control process variability. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables, Speed to market

Change Your Mind? Have no Fear!

Posted by Katie Evans on Sep 30, 2016

Engineering change with your injection mold?

Let’s be honest. It happens. Molds break down. You change your mind. But it’s how the Engineering Resource Center handles it that makes us different. 

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Topics: Prototype Design Changes, Injection molding

Defining Plastic Injection Molding Key Terms

Posted by Katie Evans on Sep 15, 2016

The collaborative nature of ERC’s culture is shared among our designers, engineering staff, and of course, our partners. Learning common plastic injection terms is a must! Here is a glossary of plastic injection molding key terms commonly used at the Engineering Resource Center:

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Topics: Prototyping Trends, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding

Engineers are Annoying

Posted by Katie Evans on Sep 8, 2016

Engineers are annoying, stubborn, and hard to find…so let us deal with them for you.

At the Engineering Resource Center, we have created a service called “Virtual Engineer.” This service will allow our customers the ability to tap into the minds of our engineering team without having to actually order a prototype. 

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Virtual Engineering

The ERC Official Conference Sponsor with MAPP

Posted by Katie Evans on Aug 26, 2016

The Engineering Resource Center is excited to be an official Conference Sponsor of the 2016 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference with Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP)

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Topics: Tradeshow, Prototyping Trends, Plastics Manufacturing

Turn Your Prototype into a Bridge

Posted by Katie Evans on Aug 19, 2016

At the Engineering Resource Center, not only do we produce prototype tools that are capable of producing parts in just a few weeks, but these tools are also capable of running quantities that could help launch your project into production.

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Topics: prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Bridge-Tooling

Engineers A La Carte- The ERC's New Virtual Engineer Service

Posted by Katie Evans on Jul 29, 2016

Engineering Resource Center's Virtual Engineer provides design and engineering services that customers can utilize as business demands. Engineers are expensive. With Virtual Engineer, you pay for engineering services as you need them.

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Virtual Engineering, engineering prototype services

Why the Engineering Resource Center Sticks With Steel

Posted by Katie Evans on Jul 28, 2016

At the Engineering Resource Center, we are confident in our ability to build durable steel molds to fit your perfect parts. Our expert toolmakers are knowledgeable in creating molds that can last for years to come. Molds are typically constructed from steel or aluminum and the choice of material comes with much consideration. The ERC engineering experts choose steel over aluminum for a variety of reasons. 

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Topics: Prototyping Trends, Molded Plastic Prototype, Injection molding

Go All The Way With The ERC (Low Volume Capable)

Posted by Katie Evans on Jul 26, 2016

Low-volume production allows for flexibility in customization and design changes, real-world testing, and cost savings.

Whether you need a few hundred or thousands of parts every month, the Engineering Resource Center’s low-volume tool manufacturing can help you. Engineering Resource Center’s low volume injection molding is great for products with short life-cycles or products that will not have a need for high volumes. Our low-volume production also means immediate design feedback, long-term price savings, and the opportunity to bridge the gap between the prototype and full-scale production phase.

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, Speed to market, Bridge-Tooling