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Females in Engineering – A Female Impact

September 2017, Impact Solutions hired Hope (17) as a trainee laboratory technician.  She joins another two young male trainee lab technicians, Jack (20) and Ewan (20), who are in their second and third year of their apprenticeships.   Continue reading

Are SMED practices used in the ‘real world’?

I recently read an article about a 5% increase in productivity achieved at Formula Plastics, just by changing their tool clamping system.  It got me thinking about mould change methods available in the market, which I then discussed with suppliers.

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Has our Building Site now become a City?

The aim was to create a major resource for the plastics sector, one place to find everything you needed.  From time to time, we need to review how we are doing, so for the purposes of this Blog, I have looked at things from the perspective of a new start company looking to develop an idea for a new `widget’ that just happens to be most easily manufactured in plastic.

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What is your REAL scrap rate?

Scrap rates for the injection moulding industry are easy to calculate, but often painful to believe – it is simply the difference in weight between how much plastic you buy in, and the total weight of parts delivered. Typically this is as much as 10%, although when questioned about scrap rates companies reported to us the figures they wanted to talk about – such as “customer reject rates” of 4.5ppm or their “production reject rate” where we heard of 0.001%.  These figures are just self-congratulatory and distorted.

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