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Measurables for Plastic Injection molding process

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Hello all,

I am working in a Plastic injection molding company and I am tasked with finding our current state. To do that I am thinking of measuring mold change over time, start-up scrap, regrind parts, and downtime for any reasons after startup. We want to know the current state and in the next year want to decide on the improvements and future state in a measurable way. I will have to do this manually - using sheet and dependent on operator and set-tech for raw data as we are a small company and do have any automation.

I need your expertise and ideas on what is the best way to measure the current state of an injection molding process and what should I measure. All the ideas are appreciated.

Thank you all in advance.
 
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The first thing I would do is ask whomever it was that "tasked" you to be more explicit in what they want to know. Simply saying "Go find out what the current state is" isn't nearly enough guidance to be able to do what you've been asked to do. You'll get some suggestions here, but unless you tie someone down to what they want to know, when you get done you're likely to hear "Well, that's all very good, but what about..."
 
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