First and foremost, not every plastic component requires the strictest of tolerances. Contrary to popular belief, companies often spend more than necessary in order to achieve the tight tolerance features, even when the feature isn’t critical. When this happens, our Application Development team works with our clients to determine a more cost-effective solution.
Increasing process efficiencies and maximizing productivity is of critical importance within the competitive industry of precision manufacturing, no matter the size of the operation. As a trusted supplier of aerospace, medical, and semiconductor precision components, our commitment to streamlining manufacturing processes through lean technologies and methodologies allows Roncelli Plastics to compete with larger rivals and overseas competition.
Within the world of production technology, 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) provides manufacturers a huge opportunity for increases in efficiency, speed, and manufacturability. As the 3D printing industry continues to expand, designers and engineers are beginning to see a wider variety of materials available for new product implementation, including advanced thermoplastics like PEEK and Ultem®. 3D printing production techniques like fusion deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), or selective laser sintering (SLS) provide the lowest average time between failures and increase the “up-time”, or the time when machines are in operation.
Since as early as the 1950’s, numerous metal part applications have been converted to plastic, beginning with the automotive and aerospace industries. More recently, the medical and oil & gas industries have also utilized metal to plastic conversions, yet a great deal more conversion opportunities remain unevaluated. Manufacturing designers and engineers may dismiss plastics simply because their part has historically been made from metal. Consequently, many manufacturers are missing the cost benefits and weight reduction, among other benefits, produced by plastic.