Plastic Machining:Plastic Prototypes In Under A Week-The Solution To Quickly Perfect Design

Quick plastic prototypes can save a company the trouble of having a flawed part being ordered.  When design changes are thought up, the risk of a piece not performing to specifications and requirements can come into play.  Factors hindering performance may have been overlooked, and if a plastic part is ordered in a large quantity prior to testing, a company may be stuck with a large expense.  A plastic machined component perfected according to design can be useless if a fault lies in the design.   What if a time crunch comes into play? What potential solution is there?

Fast plastic prototyping would be that solution.  If plastic machined prototypes can be obtained in under a week, any crisis can be averted.  Ordering fast plastic prototypes can potentially save a company from disaster, while meeting the strictest time constraints.  Obtaining a fast plastic prototype will allow research and development teams to verify that a design submitted to a plastic machining vendor will perform. The quicker a plastic machined prototype is received, the faster the design is tested, and ultimately the faster a new product can be manufactured and hit the market.  Don’t be uncertain, make sure new design changes are tested.

A plastic machining expert should be contacted for plastic machined prototypes, assuring that plastic prototypes precisely match design requirements.  A streamlined vendor with an efficient supply chain management system will be able to produce high precision plastic prototypes to meet the strictest of time constraints.

Plastic Prototypes

EPP Corporation has a proven supply chain system that guarantees the highest precision and efficiency.  For short-run, quick-turn custom plastic prototypes with delivery in one week or less contact EPP

· Plastic prototypes in one week or less
· Highest quality on tolerances up to +/- .001″
· Both simple & complex 3D parts are welcome
· Free application engineering available

Plastic Machining: EPP Is Now ITAR Certified

Plastic Machining Expert Engineered Plastic Products is now ITAR CERTIFIED

What does it mean to be ITAR Certified?
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requires that any person (company) who engages in the business of manufacturing defense articles or furnishing defense services is required to register and keep their registration current with the United States Department of State, whom interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard US national security and further US foreign policy objectives.

As an ITAR Certified vendor, EPP Corporation is registered with the U.S. Department of the State.


EPP is qualified to manufacture plastic machined components for the aircraft and defense industries.

Plastic Machining: Plastic Prototypes and Plastic Machining-Save Money and Time When Innovating

Fast Plastic Machined Prototypes as a Quick, Inexpensive Solution

In the new product development process, teams are faced with two roadblocks: cost and time. Specifically in a down economy a business needs to be innovative in order to stand out from the competition.

The initial frustration for research & development teams is cost. Valuable projects are put on hold because R&D budgets cannot cover the expensive introductory costs of new tooling and initial manufacturing of new designs. In today’s economic environment, corporate cost cutting is needed to help companies survive the recession. While the cost cutting is crucial, revenues must also increase as a means of beating the competition.  Of course new product development is required to do so, but it needs to be cost effective.   If projects have plastic components, then the cost of tooling can be a huge obstacle.  Tooling and molds can cost tens of thousands of dollars.  The solution: have the plastic parts machined. Prototypes as well as the first few years of production quantities can be produced for a fraction of the cost.  While molding requires full commitment to a part’s design, design changes to plastic machined parts cost absolutely nothing.

Time is of the essence regardless of industry. After costs are sorted out and the decision to use plastic machining has been made, time becomes the largest constraint.  That is where fast plastic prototyping comes into play. EPP Corporation is capable of short-run, quick-turn Custom Plastic Prototypes with delivery in one week or less.  The plastic machined prototypes are of the highest quality on tolerances up to +/- .001″.  Simple or complex 3D parts are welcomed for fast plastic prototyping, and free application engineering is available.
Don’t time and cost from preventing innovation.  Stand out from the competition through new product development. Save time and money by machining plastic components, and have your plastic prototypes delivered in under a week.

Contact EPP Corporation now to see how plastic machining and plastic prototypes can help your new product hit the market and put your company ahead of the game!

Plastic Machining: Plastic Prototypes

EPP Corporation is pleased to announce short-run, quick-turn Custom Plastic Prototypes with delivery in one week or less.  Let EPP assist you in new product development through our fast turnaround on fully functional plastic prototypes.

· Plastic prototypes in one week or less

· Fully Functional

· Plastic prototypes with the highest quality on tolerances up to +/- .001″

· Both simple & complex 3D parts are welcome

· Free application engineering available

Let the plastic machining specialists at EPP Corporation be your source for all plastic prototypes.  Fast plastic prototypes in one week or less

Plastic Machining: Selecting The Right Plastic Material- Heat Resistance

When selecting the proper material for any specific plastic application, the choice should be made given the material’s properties. One such property when purchasing custom plastic parts is heat resistant.

Not all plastic materials are suitable for every application. Properties such as temperature, chemical resistance, and impact strength must be evaluated ultimately leading to the selecting of the perfect material for a the specific plastic machined part’s application.

Temperature is one of the main factors that must be considered in the material selection process for your plastic machining requirements.

If a plastic machined component will be utilized in a high temperature environment, the following materials should be considered as possible solutions for your application:

In order to select the correct material, download the Plastic Properties Handbook
Materials are compared to one another among a wide range of design considerations, leading to a very efficient selection process.

Plastic materials vary vastly and selecting the right one for your application is crucial for a plastic machined parts’ success.

Plastic Machining: How To Save On Plastic Machined Parts-Eliminate Inspection Costs Through Supply Chain Management

Can a Plastic Machining Specialist eliminate the need for expensive plastic machined parts inspection processes?

Yes, a plastic machining expert with a proven supply chain management system eliminates the need to inspect incoming plastic machined components.  The incoming plastic machining parts inspection process of course incurs additional costs.  The inspection department ordinarily inspects each shipment received however, that is where a proven supply chain management from an ISO certified plastic machining expert comes in.  With a traditional plastic machining purchase method, inspectors are needed.  Quality inspectors are well-paid professionals and each inspection can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the complexity of the plastic machined part.  Assuming that a normal plastic machined part takes about an hour, an average cost could run $80-100 per part.  Add to that cost the time the plastic machined components are in inventory waiting to be inspected, resulting in the plastic machined components incurring inventory costs by sitting on the shelves, since the wait can be a day to over a week.  That represents additional working capital wasted.  A proven supply chain management and ISO Certification can eliminate these additional costs on plastic machining orders.

At EPP Corporation, all plastic machined parts are manufactured with strict quality standards guided by ISO procedures, SPC, and customer inspection protocol to ensure all critical dimensions are addressed.  Along with the promise of dock to stock quality, the customer has the choice of receiving first article inspection reports, sample inspection reports, and certificates of material compliance for every release. This eliminates cost of incoming inspection by the customer.  By eliminating inspection costs on plastic machining orders substantial savings will be achieved throughout initial and repeat plastic machined component orders.

Click Here for a thorough analysis on how to save on plastic machined parts through plastic machining expert EPP Corporation’s proven supply chain management system.

Plastic Machining: The Importance of Contaminant-Free Parts

Is cleanliness important in regards to plastic machining?

Yes, contaminant-free components will provide with the best form, fit, and performance

Specifically in chromatography, or other applications that may be used for in the medical industry, or for FDA approved uses, having clean, contaminant-free parts is essential.

To assure that plastic components are in fact contaminant free, the solution is to have parts machined in a plastics only facility, such as EPP Corporation provides.  Many companies feel as though any machine house is capable of manufacturing contaminant free parts, or are unaware of the complications associated with using a metal machining vendor, for example.

If a metal machinist manufactures your plastic machined parts, oil based cutting fluids used in metal machining can contaminate plastics, as many plastic materials are sensitive to petroleum leading to the part’s degradation.  A great deal of plastic materials have hydroscopic properties that lead to these oils being absorbed. Metal residue is also a danger.  Residue is often left over on machines from previous jobs,and embeds itself in the plastic parts.  Specifically, a softer plastic material is susceptible t0 this form of contamination.

Assure that your plastic machined parts are contaminant free, and use a plastics only vendor.

At Engineered Plastic Products, our components are manufactured in a clean, plastics only environment by plastic machining experts.

Plastic Machining: How To Save On Plastic Machined Parts-Lowering Unit Cost Through Supply Chain Management

Can A Plastic Machining Specialist Reduce Unit Cost on Plastic Machined Components?

Yes, a plastic machining expert can provide significant cost savings on plastic machined components by reducing unit cost.  However, the plastic machining expert must utilize a proven supply chain management system.  Utilizing a proven system allows for the plastic machining expert to provide significant savings that purchasing from a plastic machining vendor with a traditional purchasing method could not.  Here is how savings can be achieved per unit on plastic machined components:

Most plastic machining vendors evaluating a request for quote are unsure how the order will be placed.  The plastic machining vendor upon purchase order inquiry if faced with uncertainty from its customers.  The plastic machining vendor wonders if the order will be a one-time order, whether it will be the only order for this plastic machined part this year, when the order will be placed, and what the schedule will be.   If the plastic machining vendor needs raw material to produce the part, the material needs on the quote are based on the quoted quantity only and, because of the uncertainty, will represent a higher cost.  Uncertainty and low volume can add 15-20% or more in the unit cost.  EPP evaluates all the plastic machined parts needs together as one requirement.  Material needs are combined and submitted to the material vendor.  The material vendor is advised that the material will be released as needed and is expected to hold the price for one year.  In the end, materials saving can exceed 20%.  The proven supply chain management system from EPP provides savings to both fixed and variable costs, providing plastic machining customers with significant savings across the board on plastic machined parts.

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Plastic Machining: Controlling Plastic Machining Inventory-Supply Chain Management As A Cost Cutting Solution

Does Supply Chain Management Substantially Cut Inventory Costs?

Yes, one substantial benefit of selecting a plastic machining vendor that utilizes a proven Supply Chain Management system for plastic machining component purchases is the reduction on your stock inventory, of course resulting in lower inventory costs. The conventional plastic machining purchasing method is to purchase additional plastic machined components inventory. Most companies purchase 3-6 months supply per order. This plastic machined parts inventory sits on the shelf waiting to be assembled into a billable sale. Not only does component inventory take up unnecessary space on shelves, it also takes away from the bottom line. Depending on the cost of money (interest), this inventory can cost ½% / month to 1% per month and can translate to several hundred to many thousands of dollars (or millions) of cost that is sitting on the shelf. That is a waste of working capital and profit. The actual figure over any given time is accumulated by the product of (interest%) X (component cost) X (inventory days). The longer the excess inventory sits, the more the losses compound.

Not all supply chain management systems are all created equal. A plastic machining vendor that has a proven system has the capability of providing substantial savings throughout the plastic machined parts purchase process. EPP Corporation has a proven supply chain management system to save customer substantial money on plastic machined parts purchases.

For more detailed information on how EPP Corporation’s proven supply chain management system provides substantial savings on plastic machined components, read the How To Save On Plastic Machined Parts blog.

Plastic Machining: Plastic Machining Expert-Benefits a Real Expert Should Provide

Is it important to have my plastic machined components manufactured by a plastic machining specialist? How do I know if my vendor is an expert?

YES-Selecting the right vendor is crucial, especially when selecting a plastic machining vendor.  Select an expert for the best results.  To be a true plastic machining expert, a vendor must provide the following necessary benefits:

1- Highest Quality
2- Competitive Cost
3- Fast, On-Time Delivery
4- Exceptional Customer Service

The highest quality can only be obtained from plastic machining experts. Don’t risk contamination, and a trial-and-error material selection process. Plastic machined components can be rendered useless due to contamination, and due to a failure to meet specifications and requirements. Additionally, the right vendor is an ISO Certified vendor. An ISO Certified plastic machining vendor will be able to guarantee predictable high-precision. Avoid the unnecessary cost and hassle of replacing faulty components by initially contacting a plastic machining expert.

Plastic machining experts will be able to provide competitive cost by having the appropriate processes, materials, and equipment in place. Specifically an ISO Certified plastic machining expert has processes streamlined in order to reduce idle time and eliminate waste, saving the manufacturer money. The production and overhead cost savings will lead to lower costs to the vendor’s customers.

A plastic machining expert provides faster delivery than a non-expert, as production times are shorter due to having the right equipment, processes, and materials. An ISO Certified vendor is able to reduce production time due to refined supply chain management, allowing for the assurance of fast, on-time delivery.

A plastic machining expert has all the knowledge essential in order to produce the highest precision plastic machined components. Exceptional customer service should go hand in hand with that knowledge and expertise. A plastic machining expert should provide assistance to a customer every step of the way, throughout both the engineering and purchasing processes.

When selecting a plastic machining vendor, choose an expert. In order for a vendor to be a real plastic machining expert, it needs to provide the necessary benefits: highest quality, competitive cost, fast, on-time delivery, and exceptional customer service, EPP Corporation offers the above benefits to all customers.