May 17, 2017

RJG Implementation and Process Control at Automation Plastics

RJG Guarantees Process for Zero Defects-May 2017 Automation Plastics began using RJG in 2009.   We started with 1 machine fully equipped with RJG eDART.  We initially used the eDART to verify Process Setup on a few selected precision tolerance customer products.  Technicians were trained on general use of the systems. In 2010, we purchased another full eDART system, which we installed on a wheeled cart for ease of access when issues were detected with a molding process.   In the majority of cases, we identified root causes related to either Machine Maintenance or the Mold itself. In 2011 we acquired 11 complete eDART systems. During this time Employees were trained on process setup using the eDART’s templates.    By installing all the eDARTs in one area of […]
April 6, 2017

It’s April !!!!!

HOORAY!!  Old Man Winter is finally moving on, or so it seems on certain days.  For those of us in Northern Ohio, enduring another winter is a required rite of passage.  The Spring thaw is upon us, it’s time to come out of our winter cocoons, look around, and see what the Spring has to offer.  That means it’s time to get up and go! Go outside that is.  The benefits of the outdoors are well documented by the medical community.  Portage and Summit counties are blessed with many hiking and biking trails, ranging from easy to difficult.  Some of these trails would even lead you to believe that you are far away from any urban atmosphere.  These trails are easily found by Googling “Portage […]
March 17, 2017

History of St. Patrick’s Day

“May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go.” – Irish Blessing As St. Patrick’s Day approached this year there were a few conversations in the office about what he did and what the celebration is all about. Everyone knows about the parades, parties, and feasts that are held annually on March 17th. Everyone does not know why we are celebrating or why this is a religious holiday. I did a little bit of research for all of my followers and found some answers. St. Patrick was born in Britain and when he was 16 he was captured by foreign people raiding his land. Later, he was sold into slavery in Ireland, where he lived a lonely life […]
February 3, 2017

Automation Advancements at Automation Plastics

In 2016 the engineering team at Automation Plastics was asked by management to identify a process improvement project that would increase efficiency. In evaluating process improvement opportunities the team focused on automation in general and robotics in particular. Almost immediately we realized that it would be difficult to justify a project for just one process: APC is a custom injection molder with only a few customer products that fully utilize an entire work cell. Additionally, an inherent problem in our business is when a job’s lifetime comes to an end, its associated specialized equipment is difficult, if not impossible, to repurpose. The challenge therefore was to develop a modular automation strategy utilizing flexible equipment adaptable to diverse applications from work cell to work cell. Based […]
January 5, 2017

Dozuki at Automation Plastics

While Work Guidance was the primary focus of APC’s foray into the world of Dozuki, we have discovered a number of other powerful applications for the platform. This blog entry details our experience to date in using Dozuki to support training activities. Data Capture is the Dozuki feature designed to collect metrics, such as measurements of key dimensions or time spent on a given step, as a technician follows a guide. This enables an organization to track productivity trends, the sequence of activities in a process, and capture Quality metrics to demonstrate conformance and consistency. The captured data can be viewed in .pdf (each cycle through the guide generates a single .pdf document) or .csv formats which capture data from all cycles to-date in one […]