Many people are under the misconception that product development stops once mass-production of a product begins. That’s completely wrong. In fact, development continues until production ceases. Large and small improvements are implemented all the time.
We see it as our responsibility to continuously to contribute advice, tips and innovations that can improve our customers’ products.
Improving our customer’s products makes things better for our customers, and hopefully, for us, as well. That’s why we want to contribute in the best way possible, to the creation of these positive circles.
These can concern:
- Choice of materials – New materials can be launched that have improved properties or cost less.
- Changes in design – Adjustments that provide the products with even better properties and/or increase production efficiency
- Changes in assembly – Simpler assembly of an injection-moulded component, for example
- Product modifications that simplify handling and logistics.
We would like to get involved as early on as we can, regarding the choice of products and assembly of your products or components. Let us be your guide in the often confusing plastic jungle. We know what works, and what doesn’t work. We can suggest a suitable type of plastic, and adapt your product in light of the opportunities and advantages of that kind of plastic.
With our cutting-edge expertise and our grasp of technology, we can act as your engineering support. Put briefly, we can take care of your entire product development process, from idea to finished product.
Many customers have allowed us to take part in developing a product from the prototype stage, and this has saved them plenty of time and money. We have often taken the initiative, and presented proposals for improvements, which have made a good product even better. Now that the life cycle of products is getting ever shorter, it’s even more important to work with continuous improvements for that product to survive.
We can help you develop opportunities for your new product ideas, as well as doing stress studies, and reviewing mechanical properties. We have modern equipment for doing tensile strength tests and impact tests.
The tool (i.e. the form that the plastic is injected into), is crucial to the final results. Naturally, it must conform to standards, but should also be designed so as to minimise complementary work. In addition, it must last for the planned production volume. As a result, our undertaking includes continuous maintenance to increase the functional life of the tools.
In addition, we work together with leading tool manufacturers. In fact, our closest supplier is located right next to us.
Don’t forget to utilise the possibilities of plastic. Perhaps the tool should be designed so that the product is marked with numbers and letters in relief on the plastic. You can also use these opportunities to market the company with your logo directly on the plastic component.
Design is becoming an increasingly important competitive factor. At Iplast, we have a wide range of knowledge regarding the combination of plastic and design. We know how to use small, but important, design changes to give a product improved properties that will optimise it for production, as well.
We are engaged in continuous dialogues with our customers regarding how we can give them added competitive advantages in every context. And design certainly plays an important role here.