Liz Knapp

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Steps to Building an Optimal Relationship between a Medical Device OEM and a Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Liz Knapp on Mar 28, 2018 1:16:29 PM

Many medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) work with a contract manufacturer on the fabrication  and assembly of products for new product designs, especially when the parts need to be precisely machined or cast. In the case of parts made from engineered resins, it is essential that OEMs of medical devices find contract manufacturers (CMs) that do excellent, precise work the first time, every time.

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Topics: Contract Manufacturing, medical device, OEM

10 Critical Questions to Ask Before Starting an Injection Molded Project

Posted by Liz Knapp on Feb 23, 2018 11:36:26 AM

Questions are a good thing. Ask better questions, get better answers.

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Topics: injection molded

Plastic News Features Ferriot’s Latest Injection Molding Press Install

Posted by Liz Knapp on Jan 29, 2018 7:35:10 AM

As we mentioned in our blog last week, Ferriot is in the process of installing a new 2,250-ton Negri Bossi Bi-Power injection molding press. We were very excited to see this announcement featured in Plastic News and are both thrilled and a little humbled by the mention.

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Topics: Injection Molding, Plastic News, Injection molding press

When Does a Contract Manufacturer Need a Contract Manufacturer?

Posted by Liz Knapp on Oct 20, 2015 9:08:00 AM

Contract manufacturers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are large international companies with sites around the world that are finely tuned lean manufacturing machines. Others serve a niche and may be an American Small Business.

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Topics: Contract Manufacturing

6 Ways An Injection Molding Company Can Improve Your Time To Market

Posted by Liz Knapp on Aug 10, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Keeping a competitive edge in today’s market requires speed and agility when launching new products. Time to market for new products has become further and further compressed. Early engagement with a full service plastics partner can steam-line your development process and accelerate your time to market.  

Here are six ways a full-service plastics partner can help your business reduce time to market for new products.

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Topics: Finishing Operations, Injection Molding, Contract Manufacturing

9 Benefits of Metal-to-Plastic Replacement

Posted by Liz Knapp on Jan 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In today’s world of manufacturing and new product development, the need for fast-paced production and the existence of complex designs is greater than ever. Historically, manufacturers have depended on metal due to an existing wealth of metal knowledge, it’s strength and stiffness, perceived quality, and ideal properties related to electricity, UV performance, and chemical resistance. However, due to a fluctuating economy, high cost of goods, and smaller margins, the need for materials that can reduce weight, cost, and production time is huge.

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Topics: Injection Molding

How Using Contract Manufacturing Can Grow Your Business

Posted by Liz Knapp on Jan 9, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Contract Manufacturing is a process that's about more than getting the parts you need. Here at Ferriot, we think of it as a partnership - and like any good partnership, that means working hard to ensure you get what you need.

How Can Contract Manufacturing Help Grow Your Business?

Working with a contract manufacturer can allow for someone else to:

  • Source componentry from domestic or offshore manufacturers, based on what you want and need.
  • Qualify vendors so you don't have to.
  • Mold and paint plastic parts for use in the final product.
  • Assemble sub-assemblies or the final product.
  • Ship products to order, or provide Vendor-Managed Inventory services.
  • Drop Ship directly to Customers if you don't need them going through an intermediary.
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Topics: Contract Manufacturing

Resolving 3-D Data vs. 2-D Drawings for Part Definition

Posted by Liz Knapp on Nov 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Most engineers do not have ways to attach notes, tolerances, colors, etc. to a 3-D model, so they typically use the 2-D drawing to communicate important information. This blog post is an explanation of why 3-D CAD data is used as primary data and why it is critical for 2-D prints to not conflict with the source data. 

The arrival of 3-D CAD modeling and direct CNC machining have allowed mold-makers to program the machining of molds directly from the 3-D model. This has significantly helped with saving time and money in both design and machining over old manual efforts in mold construction. Due to these technologies, most tool build times are in the sub-10 weeks range, as opposed to as much as twice that in the not too distant past. 

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Topics: Expert Knowledge

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