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  • Plant Design: Mold performance improved by well-designed toolroom

    Issue: Sept 2017

    A well-designed toolroom is critical to maintaining the performance and readiness of injection molds.   “There are many considerations in tooling shop design that minimize mold maintenance time or allow the molder to make more-informed decisions to operate their toolroom better,” said... [more]

  • Plant Design: Molder Laszeray skillfully manages growth and space

    Issue: Sept 2017

    Officials at custom injection molder Laszeray Technology have a challenge any processor would welcome. How does the North Royalton, Ohio, company accommodate double-digit growth in its 63,000-square-foot facility while maintaining production with its 24/5 shifts? That is a challenge that officials there... [more]

  • Plant Design: Evco — a Clean-Room Expansion

    Issue: Sept 2017

    Global injection molder Evco Plastics, which makes a range of medical products, is expanding two of its clean-room operations, including one in China, President Dale Evans said. In the U.S., its state-of-the-art medical and electronic devices (MED) plant in DeForest, Wis., is growing from 34,000 square... [more]

  • Plant Design: Auxiliaries can be adapted to enhance new clean rooms

    Issue: Sept 2017

    Processors tackling clean-room manufacturing for the first time or looking to boost their clean-room capabilities must take into account a multitude of factors.  When designing a clean room, processors often work with equipment suppliers in collaboration with clean-room manufacturers on the specifics.... [more]

  • Plant Design: Safety should be considered at plant-design stage

    Issue: Sept 2017

    Designing a processing facility with safety in mind can be complicated — particularly when potential dangers can lurk in the most mundane activities, like materials storage or working alongside forklifts and other heavy machinery. From storing materials properly, to creating safe exits for employees,... [more]

  • Plant Design: Water management should factor into plant design

    Issue: Sept 2017

    Controlling water use is an important step for processors interested in reining in utility costs. The costs for water and energy are interlinked in many ways, and both are key considerations when designing a manufacturing plant. If a plant can reduce its water usage, it can typically reduce water-cooling... [more]

  • Plant Design: Energy savings essential to plant designs

    Issue: Sept 2017

    When procerssors plan to build on a greenfield site or to redesign an existing facility, ensuring that it is energy-efficient is a major consideration. The companies that have shared their lessons and perspectives below make machinery and equipment, but the energy-efficient design strategies they used... [more]

  • Plant Design: Vertical spacing can optimize manufacturing

    Issue: Sept 2017

    If business is looking up, it might be time to start building up. Experts at plant design companies and OEMs say that mezzanines and tiers not only add floor space, they can create opportunities to optimize the manufacturing process. Thoughtful planning means keeping an eye on current business demands,... [more]

  • Plant Design: Space considerations key when designing plant automation

    Issue: Sept 2017

    When designing automation into a new injection molding plant, companies need to consider layout and design, with the No. 1 rule that “you can never have too much space.” Considerations include the amount of floor space required, height requirements for automation, layout of injection molding... [more]

  • Plant Design: Sussex IM builds plant with environmental considerations

    Issue: Sept 2017

    As an injection molder, Sussex IM is used to handling complex parts and big projects. In some ways, building a new plant called on the same skills. “We designed and built with both efficiencies and expansion in mind,” Sussex IM CEO Keith Everson said of the firm’s new, 87,000-square-foot... [more]

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