When a part comes out flawed during manufacturing, engineers are rushed to the task of finding out what went wrong. The troubleshooting process can be extremely stressful and time consuming. Will the answer be found in a few hours or in a week? Will it be expensive to fix? Is the flaw in the original part design or the mold? Who should be held accountable?
Prototypes offer the advantage of discovering design flaws before investing tens of thousands of dollars in a production mold. Ideally, the production tool will build upon the knowledge gained from the prototype. However, when the production tool is outsourced to a different tool shop, critical information gained from the prototype can be lost.
For a flawless transition from prototype to production, consider working with a company that can assist you with both the prototyping process and production tool build. Using the same tool shop for both molds will help retain critical information and reduce the likelihood of manufacturing issues from occurring in the first place. In the rare occasion that a mishap does occur while molding the production parts, engineers will be able to verify that the flaw was not in the part design or prototype tool and therefore can narrow down the troubleshooting process to quickly resolve the problem.
Our production tool offering is beneficial to customers who prototype with The ERC. Developing your prototype and production tool under one roof will ensure that the knowledge gained from the prototype is implemented into the final production tool. Given our expertise in manufacturing high quality prototypes to specification, we can use the knowledge gained from the prototype to build a flawless production tool and even run small quantities of parts so you can get your product to market quickly.