Elise Harrington
By Elise Harrington
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 17:43

Elite Plastics implements lean manufacturing principles to better serve its customers. Kanban systems are a part of lean manufacturing – used to control the logistical process of manufacturing parts. A successful Kanban system reduces idle time in productions and insures product to meet our customer’s long term and expedite requirements. As many of our customers utilize lean concepts in their own manufacturing, it’s important that we are able to support the needs of their own processes.

Also referred to as just-in-time manufacturing, a successfully implemented kanban systems replenishes need product, our in our case components or parts, as they are needed. In a manufacturing setting this would be when the manufacturer uses up a portion of their supply.

Once they hit the critical amount a system is in place to notify the supply of the need to replenish stock. Often times this may mean ordering small amounts of product more frequently, than large quantities all at once. To the supplier it allows for automated reordering and eliminates wasted time between production orders.

We have processes in place to work with every step of our customers manufacturing needs. Sometimes this means implementing stock agreements to carry a certain amount of product for a customer at all times. No matter the need we will work with customers to meet the requirements of their lean processes. Our inventory system monitors our supplies, so when our stock is at a certain minimum level we are notified to restock or automatically restock (depending on product/material).

At Elite Plastics, we are committed to serving the logistical needs of our customers. While, we don’t always implement stock agreements of Kanban systems, we will work with customers to develop a system to ensure we meet all of their just in time and lean needs.

Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 16:58

Elite Plastics and GM Nameplate will be exhibiting again this year at the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show. The Exposition & Seminar Program will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California April 30 and May 1, 2013.

The show is a great opportunity to meet with our staff and learn more about our capabilities and value-added offerings. We will be showcasing the latest samples of our plastic molding and decorating capabilities, as well as our electronic products which include membrane switches, front panel integration, input devices and more.

If you would like to set up a one-on-one meeting with a member of our team please contact us

To learn more about the Del Mar Electronics show please visit their website.

Dan Thurmond
By Dan Thurmond
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 13:29

On our GMN blog, we recently posted a blog discussing vendor consolidation and the value-add benefits GMN can provide to its customers. Elite Plastics plays a key role in the organization’s value-add capabilities. GMN provides specialty printing and fabrication services as well as design, engineering, and assembly services. Dependent upon on the customer’s needs, pairing those capabilities with the complementary capabilities of Elite Plastics results in a seamless production process. 

At Elite Plastics, molding is one of our core capabilities, both through compression and injection molding. We offer additional value in all of our plastic and elastomer decoration options; including screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping, spray painting, laser etching, over-molding and insert molding. Other capabilities include plastic machining and value-added assemblies.

Elite Plastics value-added assembly capabilities bring it all together to form one cohesive part. The ability to provide some of the most diverse services and capabilities in the industry puts Elite Plastics in a unique position to help manufacturers reduce their supply base.

Through the years we consistently look for complimentary processes to further expand how we can add value and better serve our customers. To learn more about all of the capabilities Elite Plastics can provide, please visit our website.

By Dan Thurmond
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 18:09

In our post of the review of 2013, we mentioned that Elite Plastics recently acquired a new Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). The CMM is used to support quality assurance efforts for our injection molding projects that require high accuracy and close tolerances.

The new CMM machine offer both vision and touch probe capabilities which are used for quality assurance dimension data reporting. Our new CMM allows for manual measurements and is programmable to support gauge repeatability and reproducibility, GR&R, design of experience, DOE, capability, CP/Cpk data collection and first article inspection. The CMMA program capability allows Elite Plastics the ability to not only report accurate and close tolerance data, but also reduces the time for report data to assist in meeting today’s customer demands.

With a 18 x 24 x 12 area of measurement, the new CMM allows Elite Plastics to measure a wide range of small and large parts for the Aerospace, Automotive and Medical industries with a variety of part of figuration. The CMM capabilities also support the measurement where geometric dimensioning and tolerances, GD&T are applied based on design specifications and fixtures may be applied to support measurement repeatability.

We are very excited to offer this new testing ability to our customers! The new CMM machine paired with our injection molding capabilities assures our customers the high accuracy and quality measurement data report.


By Dan Thurmond
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 01:00

Last week Elite Plastics Business Development and Engineering staff attended the Medical Device and Manufacturing (MD&M) West show in Anaheim, CA. The MD&M show is the largest tradeshow we attend and exhibit at, featuring companies in plastics, packaging, medical devices and more.

Beyond showcasing our products, services and capabilities, the show offers a unique environment to meet with customers, vendors, explore new trends and technologies, and also reconnect with other GMN divisions and staff on what’s new. Two Elite Plastics engineers took advantage of their time at the show to explore the Plastec West and West Pack sections of the show, where they networked with raw material suppliers and learned about new materials.

In addition, our engineers also enjoyed learning about new automation equipment and machinery – especially prototyping technology. 3D printing is one of the leading plastic prototyping technologies. One of the show exhibitors supplies prototyping equipment and 3D printing services. Their booth showcased a machine that uses a unique 3D printing process that provides more strength and functionality.

All of us who attended the show enjoyed meeting with customers, vendors, and other industry experts. We are looking forward to what we learn and who we’ll meet next year already.

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