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Volume Graphics x SIMCON

Better First-Time-Right through a Better Way of Working

Whitepaper: How (Not) To Digitalize Your Plastic Injection Molding Design Process
 

If you want a better first-time-right rate for your plastic injection molding part designs, you need to change your ways of working. In this whitepaper, Volume Graphics and SIMCON share best practices to get the full value from your investments in digitalization based on our experience with thousands of design and quality management projects.


What to Expect from This Whitepaper

The white paper focuses on the question, "What should my redesigned way of working for the design of parts, molds, and machine parameters look like?" Every company is different, and so the solution must be different. Therefore, this whitepaper contains principles that you can adopt and apply to your specific business environment. 

If you’re a decisions maker in a company involved in plastic injection molding projects, then this whitepaper is for you. This whitepaper discusses how best to organize the value chain involving plastic part engineers, mold makers, machine setters, and quality measurement professionals.  

The Importance of Getting Digitalization Right

Volume Graphics and SIMCON have observed that many decision-makers in plastic injection molding think of digitalization as selecting and installing software, and then training people how to use it. But that is not enough. Where digitization is a mere conversion of data and processes from analog to digital, digitalization unlocks the potential of digital technology to collect data, establish trends, and make better business decisions. Digitalization is a value-unlocking transformation of the core processes, how teams are organized, as well as your timing.

With digitalization done right, you can achieve higher engineering quality, while speeding up and cutting costs at the same time. At the company level, you can speed up time to market, increase quality, avoid surprises, and boost control. Successful digitalization is essential for maintaining a competitive advantage in your innovation and manufacturing process—to stay ahead of competitors in a world of rapidly accelerating innovation cycles. In addition, on a personal level, digitalization can help you avoid stress, increase control and predictability, make better decisions, and more easily persuade colleagues and customers. 

However, successfully leading digital change projects requires skills that go beyond the technical domain. Study after study shows that not every digitalization investment succeeds. Particularly in engineering, there is a misconception that digitalization merely means selecting the right software and training your people to use it, and then the benefits will happen automatically. In fact, it requires a whole lot more: it requires changing the way you work, in other words, a change in processes and organization. This white paper will provide you with many ideas and guiding principles on how to do this. 

An Example

Together, Volume Graphics and SIMCON make it easy to use simulation and optimization software to predict quality and cost implications, during your part, mold, and process design. Part quality measures can be set up very early in the process, in CAD, using PMI, or using VGMETROLOGY. Your simulation engineer can then use SIMCON’s CADMOULD to predict results, which are evaluated using the quality measures set in VGMETROLOGY, Volume Graphics' universal metrology solution. SIMCON VARIMOS can automatedly find optimal values, so that these same quality measures are optimized. And during first article inspection, you can use industrial computed tomography (CT) to measure the same consistent quality measures in the realized part using VGMETROLOGY.


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