Manufacturing overseas has long been the default solution for cheap manufacturing. This year, we wanted to make it possible for our customers to reap the benefits of overseas manufacturing, domestically. The Engineering Resource Center team is constantly looking for ways to innovate the injection molding process in order to keep prices competitive on prototypes.
We're not necessarily trying to compete with quick, cheap prototyping services in the US or overseas if it means sacrificing our prototype quality. However, we are constantly updating our process to increase efficiency and lower unnecessary costs that are often passed on to customers. One reason companies manufacture overseas is the cheap cost of labor. So in 2016, The ERC made the investment in an automated injection molding machine with RJG technology that allows us to practice lights-out manufacturing. With this technology, we are able to keep making parts when no one is in the building. Our injection molding machine runs every night, on the weekends, even over the holidays without the need for human interaction. With no labor expense attached to the part price, this rivals even the cheapest overseas prototyping services with the quality you get for the price.
The ERC has also innovated the way prototype tooling is made in order to give our customers the option to purchase high quality prototype molds domestically for a competitive price. Purchasing a mold overseas is very high risk for companies that require functional, high quality prototypes. Studies have revealed some uneasy truths about what is actually in that "steel". Spoiler alert: it's usually not what you paid for. Our unique and efficient tool building process (explained in this blog post) cuts down the customer's investment to a fraction of the price. Even if our price comes out higher than a quote from an overseas injection molder, you'll have peace of mind knowing that our quality is guaranteed and our quoted price is all you'll have to pay.
For injection molded prototypes, it is possible, if not easier, to manufacture in the USA. So bring manufacturing home for the holidays. We'd love to help you out with your plastic prototypes.