We have all heard the old saying: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Sometimes, we secretly can hope for things to be different. Fear can get in the way of making that hope a reality. We all know that fear can either motivate great change or cause great paralysis. Sometimes, fear can keep us taking a course of action we know deep down inside could make things better.
As it relates to machining plastics, many job shops keep machining the same material for the same application the same way just because that's the way it's always been done, even though the scrap rates are too high, the machine time is too long, and the material is always hard to find (this last one may not apply to one of our customers!). If you've grown to accept situations like these, please stop, and let some one know. Get help! The advances in technology and material science may offer a newer, faster, better way to do what you need to do with your process or application. Here at Plastics International our inventory and offering is constantly changing to reflect the changes in the market and the available technology of current material manufacturing. Sometimes what seemed impossible last year, last month, or last week is now the new standard.
Don't be afraid of change. A little work and effort up front may make your business more successful in the long run. If you are not sure where to begin, feel free to give us a call and let us know what you are doing. We will be glad to listen and share ideas of what you might be able to do to improve your process. Our website has an entire section on how to work with some hard to machine materials. See our Material Resource Center. Plastics International can easily provide samples and resources to help you figure things out or test the ideas and concepts. The best part is, if something doesn't make total sense or even seem remotely beneficial, you don't have to do it. But don't let the fear of change stick you with a material or process that you only wish could be or would be better and you do nothing about it. Looking at some of your existing business may not only help your business but may also offer your customer a better product or solution in the long term.