The 5 keys to Production Success
Design for Manufacturability
Accumold is a micro-molder that produces ultra-small, tight-toleranced, geometrically complex parts
consistently and efficiently every time. But, we never lose sight of the fact that these parts
must bring value to your finished piece. In order to accomplish this, our engineering team works
closely with your design engineers at the start of every project. Discussions about multiple aspects
of design, function, features, materials, tooling, production and output take place. Taking this
time up front has proven to be a great way to save time and resources through the entire life
of your project.
Remember, being able to manufacture these parts consistently and repeatably in both prototype volumes
and high production volumes (millions+ parts per year) at affordable prices is Accumold’s strength.
We believe proper material selection is second only to a good design. Choosing the best resin
can improve a part’s performance. Conversely, choosing an inappropriate resin can challenge even
the best design. At Accumold, we rely on our preferred team of resin suppliers who are experts
in engineered thermoplastics to assist you with this selection if necessary. Our team of toolmakers,
mold designers, process engineers and material specialists strives to work with you to ensure moldability,
throughput and performance.
Tooling Project Management
Depending on the part complexity and quantity, it can take several toolmakers to design, build
and test the average tool. Cross-functional teams of mold designers and toolmakers work in concert
to build tools that are capable of producing production-ready parts the first time. Tools this
complex require a special touch, from conception, through tool-making, to parts production, to
shipping. Accumold has perfected this process. It’s second nature to us! No company can manufacture
parts consistently and repeatably if they do not have a strong in-house tool project management
program in place. When comparing micro-molders, we encourage you to investigate this key process
that is frequently overlooked.
Production Process Management
Our sophisticated computer system, along with day-to-day documentation, help manage the flow of
this process, which is coordinated by a staff trained in Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing
processes. From injection to inspection, maintaining high standards during this process is part
of Accumold’s continued ISO certification.
Home grown, friendly, outstanding Iowa customer service is what you get at Accumold. Our customer
service managers and staffers have a number of resources right at their fingertips to help them
serve you. For one, our manufacturing resource planning system, IQMS,
tracks jobs, tools, bills of materials, deliveries, RFQs and processes in real time. Secondly,
remember, all our work is done under one roof in our facility in Ankeny, IA. Electronically or
physically checking on the status of just about anything is simple and fast.
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