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Engineering Plastics Division (EPD) was created with the realization that engineering design is seldom, if ever, an end unto itself. Rather, engineers embark on design with the intent of creating a manufacturable product. We view design as an upstream phase in the multi-stage operation of manufacturing.
The manufacturability of a design is a measure of how successfully it can be translated from concept to computer representation and finally, into a high-quality and cost-effective physical product. A visually perfect design might be impractical to manufacture. Or, minor changes to a design can result in significantly improved tooling and production efficiency.
While computer-based technologies have made significant strides in simulating tasks of design and analysis, there has been relatively less progress in validating manufacturability. Manufacture validation requires sound knowledge in the tooling and production domain, most of which is developed through years of experience and embedded in the minds of production floor experts, rather than within computer programs. Validation expertise is also specific to the exact type of manufacturing process.
Today, the Engineering Plastics Division has a primary focus on manufacturability in injection molded engineering plastics and pressure die-castings. This is enabled by a close association with the TAFE-Engineering Plastics Division, a truly state-of-the-art design, engineering and production facility servicing many of the leading automotive, electronics and appliance suppliers within the nation. EPD embodies an extensive knowledge in this engineering domain, made available through years of actual production expertise.
Every designer at EPD possesses strong production expertise, having worked on several tooling and productions projects earlier. Every designer is skilled in evaluating 3D designs against various downstream production considerations. As a result, manufacturability-centric design is not only a very natural process, but the only design process followed at Engineering Plastics Division.