Headed for the Homestretch of 2013: Your Q4 Indicator Is Here!
Wow! Time is hurtling toward the year’s end. Our customers are telling us that 2013 is looking to finish strong. Orders are up all over the various industry segments, and many manufacturers are adding programs and trying to boost overall productivity to fulfill their customers’ inventory demands.End-of-the-year is also a great time to take stock and inventory of all the parts and machinery you have on your manufacturing floor. What’s working? What’s not? Did you know your business can also deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE for any new or used capital equipment up to $500,000 purchased until 12/31/13 according to the revised Section 179 of the IRS tax code? You can find a link detailing Section 179, here.
And speaking of parts: Fast Heat is proud to introduce our newly launched online tool: the Custom Cable & Connector Builder. Unique within our industry, the Custom Cable & Connector Builder allows you to conveniently configure any cable to your exact specifications, save your cable specs, make your purchase and quickly ship to any address-or multiple addresses. As a bonus? FREE Shipping with any order over $500! To celebrate the launch, we’re offering a FREE Spare Pair of Cables with any Pulse or Ion Hot Runner Temperature Controller purchased through 12/31/13.
Indicators of Success
What’s Your Weakest Link?
Customer Challenge: Failure to Connect
The smallest connectors can often cause the largest manufacturing problems. Pushed-in pins, crushed housings and fraying wires can cause shorts and intermittent problems that affect your mold and your part quality. Take a minute to consider some issues regarding your controller’s cables:
What are the symptoms we see everyday?
- Erratic temperatures
* Stable for long periods of time then swing wildly, sometimes
with each machine cycle.
- “Burning” connectors and or cable
- Open heater occasionally
- Triac shorts
What are the causes?
- Crimped Pins/Pin Push Back
* Operator doesn’t make connection straight on
- Environment is tough
* Oil, water, dust/dirt effect the connectors, specifically the pins
* Pins corrode over time
* Becomes more of a problem for TC’s with small signals
- Don’t reuse old stock – inserts and pins.
- Broken latches should be replaced immediately
- Replace cables every 3 to 5 years, some do annually
- Cost of downtime and research on problems outweigh replacement of cables and mold connectors
Connectors are the #1 disruptor to reliable hot runner temperature control. Ensuring cable and connector reliability is our primary focus. At Fast Heat, we do extensive testing on failure points and implement solutions to eliminate those failures with correct design. All Fast Heat cables are correctly rated, use machined pins and guide pins for larger connector densities.
Fast Heat’s Customer Support Manager, Manny Diaz, has more than 20 years of experience troubleshooting our customers’ greatest challenges and pain points. He can help with yours, too. Call or email Manny today!
Consumer Orders on the Up-and-Up!
Caps and closures, packaging and automotive have led the plastics industry over the last year. And it’s no wonder—though the economy as a whole has seen modest growth, consumer need and pent-up demand has created an environment where, according to the October 2013 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®, manufacturing has continued to expand over the last five consecutive months.
Consumer sentiment, while not overly confident, continues to grow the economy through purchasing power, fueling manufacturing production.
Despite “Beltway” shenanigans, conventional wisdom is trending toward seeing continued manufacturing growth.
What trends are your company experiencing? Share them with us and we’ll share them with our readers.
What’s On Your Wishlist?
It’s been an amazing 2013. We’ve had the privilege speak with so many of our customers this year and listen to their stories of higher product demand and additional price pressures on parts. We’ve helped them create higher quality parts to meet their new demands, innovate new molding opportunities for traditionally tough plastics, save on labor and scrap costs and become more productive overall.
But most importantly at Fast Heat, we’ve realized that we’ve created a company that continues to thrive on answering our customers’ calls. On building quality hot runner temperature controllers that help our customers become more competitive in their marketplace. On being innovative with new technologies that meet our customers’ needs.
This quarter, we’ve begun rolling out one such new technology that our customers asked for—a touch screen display for our Pulse hot runner temperature controller. Easy buttons, crisper colors and a larger screen allows operators to see readouts and input their recipes with ease.
We are also proud to announce the launch of our web-enabled Custom Cable & Connector Builder. Fast Heat has always built custom cables. Now we’ve made it easy for you to spec, build, save and purchase any cable configuration—online! We’ve even included a “wishlist” option so that you can virtually build cables and share them with managers or your purchasing department at your convenience.
At Fast Heat, we’re wishing for continued economic growth and prosperity in Q4 and beyond. That’s why we’re always here to help! Check out our website or give us a call at 630.359.6300. And be sure to take advantage of our FREE SPARE PAIR OF CABLES offer with any hot runner temperature controller purchased through 12/31/13.
Fast Heat, Inc.
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