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Dan Thurmond
By Dan Thurmond
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 00:00

Last week we discussed the value of in-process inspection procedures in supporting our quality standards. At Elite Plastics we utilize a number of processes and technologies to ensure the accuracy and quality of our parts. For one of our medical customers we developed a camera inspection process. We supply plastic housing that features insert molding and sonic welding. After the parts are injection molded and secondary operations completed our camera vision system inspects the parts confirming all steps have been completed.

To ensure the hardware is inserted accurately in the correct locations, Elite Plastics’ engineering team developed a camera inspection system to verify the accuracy of insert molding for each part. Once insert molding is complete, the parts go through the camera inspection station which takes a picture from each angle, and verifies that the picture matches up with the design. Parts do not pass through to the next step until the insert molding has been inspected and validated. The process supports our quality standards while also allowing for high quantity production.

Elite Plastics uses a similar process for various other customers. Utilizing a computerized camera inspection process eliminates any human error and streamlines the process with increased quality. Defect free parts move on to the next step in production seamlessly. This process is particular valuable when various levels of assembly and decoration are involved.

In addition to in-process inspection, Elite Plastics also utilizes final inspection and batch inspection procedures. The combined efforts result in higher quality and defect free final parts.

By Dan Thurmond
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 00:00

Last year we posted a blog about quality systems and why they are important in plastics manufacturing. At Elite Plastics we work with customers in nearly every industry – including aerospace, sporting goods, automotive, medical, and more. Producing a high quality, defect-free part is the goal of every project but for some industries, like medical, it is more critical. Quality systems and inspection procedures ensure that our manufacturing practices are standardized and consistent, to result in defect-free products.

A great example of our stringent quality standards is our in-process inspection efforts. For many of our customers we produce a number of parts with post molding plastic decoration – this can include pad printing, laser etching, insert molding, etc. Since there are often many processes to produce one part, in-process inspection is utilized to prevent problems later in the process.

One of the most common examples of in-process inspection at Elite Plastics occurs right after parts are molded. Once molding is complete, operators verify that there are no issues. Many parts that feature plastic decoration are inspected multiple times while in-process. This ensures that parts going to the next step in the process are accurate, and that if there is a problem it won’t occur with parts in the future.

Beyond visual inspection, Elite Plastics has other in-process inspection procedures in place. For a number of our customers we utilize camera inspection, as well as a coordinate measuring machine that utilizes both optic technology and a touch “orb” for measurement. Stay tuned for our next blog discussing an in-process inspection process we developed for one of our large medical customers!