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Posted:  30 Jan 2017 20:07
I'm curious how others are handling material mixing and movement in their facilities. We've grown a lot a in the last decade and it seems we're outgrowing certain methods we've had in place. If anyone could share some info about their practices it would be a huge help.

Some info about us:
-We have 50 Injection Molding machines from 50 tons to 1000 tons
-We're molding 24 hours a day, 5 days a week
-We're a custom molder, average piece run about 5,000 pcs, mostly custom colors

The questions:
-How many material mixers do you employ?
-What are their responsibilities other than mixing material?
-How do they know when to stop mixing material for a given job?
-What size are your presses and how many of them do you have?
-Do you have a 2nd/3rd shift?

Our issues seem to be mainly on 2nd and 3rd shift when we have less managers on duty. I'm looking for ideas on how to fix this.

Any feedback is hugely appreciated.

Thank you,
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