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Low Volume Production Is More Affordable Than You Think

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 8, 2017

Small volume production presents big problems for many OEM's. It is difficult for them to rationalize high capital expenditure for tooling that is required to produce low annual volumes of plastic replacement parts or to bridge the gap between prototyping and production. Luckily, we've come up with an affordable solution that doesn't sacrifice quality.

Our proprietary modular tooling system is a quick and inexpensive way for OEM’s to receive components from injection molds that are designed for production. This system allows engineers to gate, water, and design a mold that will function the same way a production tool would, except we can do it for half the cost. 

Because we only build the inserts, the tooling expenditure of the OEM is significantly lower than purchasing a production tool. This also saves time building the tool. Therefore, we are able to provide a very affordable option that offers higher quality in a very short lead time.

ERC steel mold with inserts       ERC steel mold inserts

Whereas some prototype shops may use soft steel or aluminum to shave time off the build schedule, all of the tools made at the Engineering Resource Center are built using production steel and designed for some level of production. With the use of steel, we are able to accommodate higher volumes of production than most prototyping companies. Whether your material is highly engineered or very simple, the tools built by the ERC will be robust enough to accommodate your needs.

We may be known for prototypes, however, our business model can make small volume production very profitable for our customers. Read more about our low volume production offerings here or contact our engineers to get started on your next project.

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