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Jeff Applegate writes the second article in a series on building a local manufacturing community for Manufacturing Today. This article shares the benefits of the manufacturing community working together to get projects completed and build revenue for those who make the investment in building relationships among their peers.
Following the path to lead with technology and be the very best contract injection molding partner to our customers, we completed a substantial investment in building the Texas Injection Molding Technical Center and Tool Shop. We believe having a full-service tool shop with capabilities beyond mold repair and mold maintenance to include engineering changes and even complete in-house mold builds is critical to positioning Texas Injection Molding as the “technology leader” in custom injection molding in Texas. We have recently added Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) capabilities that will allow us to burn precision geometry into a metal mold components.
We have also added the HURCO VMX50 S CNC machine. The HURCO VMX is built for performance. The machining center’s table size of 59″ X 26″ and 3000# capacity provide the capability to provide high precision machining of the larger injection molds serviced by Texas Injection Molding. The UltiMax® 4 Programming Station of the VMX50 applies Hurco’s patented Conversational software to simplify shop floor programming and editing so that machinists can quickly input part parameters, verify that specifications are correct, and begin the machining operations. In addition, the UltiMax® 4 features graphic simulation of the part in two dimensions, invaluable in previewing what has been programmed prior to actual machining. DXF capabilities are also included.
This is an exciting addition to our capabilities and will position the company to be the best partner for custom and contract plastic injection molding in Texas.
In recent years some of the offshoring of everything manufactured has lost is luster. Quality concerns, concerns about intellectual property, local service and JIT inventory, communication, and increasing labor and shipping costs are just a few of the reasons there has been a growing trend toward reshoring manufacturing back to the United States. Texas Injection Molding has participated in a number of reshoring projects that were driven by these factors and found this article by Brian Buntz informative for those considering reshoring. If we can be of any help please feel free to contact us.
Houston is ranked as the largest manufacturing city in the United States with over 5,000 companies and 250,000 workers. This may be a surprise to most readers and represents great resources and capabilities in our backyard. Our manufacturing community is broadly known to serve the energy, petrochemical, life science, aerospace and electronics industries. The subset of supporting industries and smaller niches creates a very diverse and capable workforce. Houston has not done a great job bringing the diverse manufacturing community together to promote cross collaboration and communication of these capabilities to the region. The Greater Houston Manufacturing Association was founded to help bring the local manufacturing community together to collaborate on common interests and promote the local capabilities and economic impact. Houston is a great city to do business and has world class distribution through the Port of Houston, Rail, freeway access to the center of the United States, warehouse, transportation and logistics services. We are excited about the future of our nation’s public and private space program and believe that Houston is very well positioned to capitalize on the assets and deep engineering and technical skill that have grown from the NASA Johnson Space Center and the world class contractors that have established significant investment and presence in the region. The local manufacturing community has the assets, technology and capacity to help accelerate and efficiently bring new technologies and resources to market. As a member of the Greater Houston Manufacturing Association we are proud to promote SpaceCom and to collaborate with their partners to help get the word out and connect the engineering and manufacturing needs to the local engineering firms, fabricators and manufacturing companies.
SpaceCom will be a catalyst for innovation and growth in the commercial development of space. Its dynamic, three-day event is specifically engineered to:
• Highlight ways space technologies cut across five target industries (medical, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing)
• Showcase examples of how business can exploit LEO and suborbital environments
• Accelerate the usage of the International Space Station National Laboratory
• Demonstrate why fostering close collaboration, partnerships and co-development on an international scale is so crucial
• Offer insights into the who and how to raise money for new ventures
• Provide existing space companies access to new customers
Join us in supporting the Spacecom conference November 17-19, 2015.