Everyone witnessed the Ever Given causing a six-day traffic jam in the Suez Canal this March. Even with the cargo ship dislodged, it’s creating a nightmare of logistical issues for manufacturers. While the holdup didn’t affect Midstate Mold, it has further revealed how delicate supply chains are that utilize international transport, such as resin shipments or tool relocation. Given the fragility of logistics underlined by the Ever Given, let’s look at how to shorten supply lines in plastic injection molding to avoid undue production and distribution delays.[Read more…] about Ever Given Underlines Fragility of Logistics in Plastic Injection Molding
From production requests to manufacturing to shipping to distribution, plastic parts logistics are rarely straightforward, simple, or short. As a crucial link in that chain, we at Midstate Mold and Engineering have some insights on what you can do to protect your plastic parts supply chain from disaster, from dealing with delays and shortfalls to what to change if your supply chain is constantly breaking and affecting your bottom line. Read on to learn about the usual places for delays and what to do about them.[Read more…] about How to Protect Your Plastic Parts Supply Chain from Disaster
In parts manufacturing, the needs of the manufacturer and their client have three major points of overlap: the cost of the part, the quality of the part, and the availability of the part. In many situations, it seems like clients are stuck in the “pick two” scenario: good quality and cost but manufactured far away, or good cost and availability due to mass production but lower quality. Many systems in manufacturing work to remove these blocks by providing streamlined systems and logistics, one of which is the push-pull system we use at Midstate Mold.[Read more…] about What is the Push-Pull System for Part Manufacturing?