The Protool Plastics Group (Fareham) took an urgent order for two fully hardened steel, multi-cavity high volume injection moulding tools during early October on the understanding that parts were required for testing no later than Halloween.
A scary thought for many but not for the team in our Fareham facility.
Group Managing Director Michael Hadfield stated “We are delighted to pick up this high-volume injection moulding business and used two UK toolmakers to ensure that tool completion was backed up with trials the same day. Graham Wilkins, Operations Director in Fareham spent several hours critiquing the design and checking tolerances of mating parts with the customer while initial tool designs were completed to allow tool steel to be ordered.”
The tooling was closely project managed with twice weekly updates sent to the customer giving them the confidence that progress was inline with expectations and the project in control.
Each individual moulding must be uniquely laser marked so tests were carried out in various grades and colours of polycarbonate during the tool manufacture to ensure the best quality marking was signed off before the actual parts were ready.
The tools completed T1 trials from the 28th to 30th October and samples submitted for product assembly approval.
Both parts were approved from initial trial and started mass production on the 04th November with over 140,000 parts delivered from the first 5 days production.
Group Managing Director Michael Hadfield continued “We were delighted with the rapid approval of the parts and delighted with the performance of the tools that are running 24/5 in our Fareham facility. The vast experience Graham Wilkins has gained in Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) allowed him to totally de-risk the product design stage and remove the need for typical tuning loops.”
With over 32 years’ experience in the PPE and Medical Moulding Markets The Protool Plastics Group are an ideal partner for fast turnaround medical and PPE injection moulded components and sub-assemblies.
The Protool Plastics Group (Fareham & Manchester) are ready to take your injection moulding enquiries now.
For more information, visit www.protoolplast.com
Press Contact for (The Protool Plastics Group):
Name: Michael Hadfield
Title: Group Managing Director
Phone: 07540 723587