Every day we use appliances that we now take very much for granted. In a world obsessed with technology, we neglect to sit back and think about the production process behind it all. Finding out about these processes can be very interesting, because as the technology becomes more advanced, so do the manufacturing processes. The more we learn and progress, the more useful the products become, as illustrated by the last 50 years or so when the world has gone from on-street telephone boxes to smartphones.
The more advanced manufacturing processes increasingly involve the use of thermoplastics. They became popular in the middle of the 20th century when they replaced the use of metal in many products. These are not new materials as John and Isaiah Hyatt first invented plastic injection moulding in 1872. That is the process of moulding plastics into almost any shape. It was first used for making simple items, such as hair combs and buttons, but as the demand increased and the manufacturing process became more advanced, so did the technology. Plastic injection moulding began to be used for products such as toys, construction materials and medical equipment.
All the mouldings, whether for complex medical devices or children’s simple toys, are made in injection moulding machines where the raw material is placed within a metal mould. The process tends to create a product that is unlikely to waste material or even need finishing. There is a high production rate with the moulds because they require minimal manual intervention to operate. Once the equipment has been purchased, it can be used with minimal additional expense.
Manufacturers such as the IGE+ZAO Group use only the best electrical cad software when designing products. By using such top electrical design software the quality and reliability of products is assured. These new technologies are now used extensively throughout the following industries:
- Power generation & energy
- Equipment & machinery
- Automation & plant
Most advanced companies now use lasers and computer controlled robotics in the course of manufacturing, and it is likely that 3D printing will play an increasingly important role in the years ahead.
It is fascinating to explore the manufacturing systems and processes that are involved in the manufacturing of many high-tech items now commonplace in our lives. We use many different types of such items each day, many of which are packed with the latest computer and engineering technology. Just think of cars with their computer control systems, GPS units and sophisticated audio facilities. Smartphones are also a modern day wonder that allow us to communicate across the world, browse the internet, listen to music and the news, check the weather forecast and look at current share price information. The manufacturing processes behind these items are largely unknown to the average consumer, and little thought is given to the systems that created the devices that everyone now finds so useful.
As the technological age becomes ever more advanced, the manufacturing processes are also advancing to bring the world newer and more exciting products.