It's easy to talk about "speed to market," but how does a company make that happen?
Toolmaker Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. is tackling that work by embracing automation and tooling components.
"We're going to be making our own mold components, bringing in-house what we used to farm out," President Brian Bendig told Plastics News' Catherine Kavanaugh.
An extensive, $8 million investment in automation will see the company convert a new building — its third in the Windsor, Ontario, region — with an array of equipment improvements. Using them, workers will be able to schedule production to optimize machine time, getting finished molds out faster.
"A lot of our purchasing decisions are based on automation solutions as well as speed," Bendig said. "I'm buying speed."
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