FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions often asked about injection molding and automation. As always, we are here to answer any other questions you have through the contact form or directly by phone.

How long does the design process take from beginning to end?

Design processes are highly collaborative, and depending on the number of features, can take just a few or several weeks. With a complete design, specialized tooling and components can take another 4-5 months to build. Product qualification depends on the number of components and assembly steps, taking from 2-5 weeks for complete documentation and acceptance.

What are the steps of the quality assurance cycle?

Noble employs several measurements and verification systems. Parts might be confirmed by process monitoring, automatic camera validation, operator measurements, specialized testing apparatus, gages, and final release from the Quality Control team.

How do we incorporate robotics?

Noble employs robots in many ways. We use them for work that is complex, but also for quite simple tasks. Depending on the needs of our customers, a robot could be doing very simple repetitive tasks, or working as a central brain to coordinate a number of machines and auxiliaries.

What are the quality management issues?

Quality management issues are all things that could go wrong leading up to production.
Examples: Supply Chain Complexity, Excess Documentation, Resistance to Technology, Over-reliance on theory as opposed to data presented, Lack of Resources and time.

Why do businesses need strategic sourcing?

Noble has been a successful addition for clients looking to reshore product manufacturing, particularly to position them for strategic success. The challenges of material supply, transportation, and workforce shortages are hitting around the globe. Our automation, relationship strength, and technical tools serve to make confident those businesses looking for both domestic and overseas options for manufacturing.

What is the future of Product Management?

Managing the evolution of a product will always be needed. Some products come and go, but many must be adapted to current trends and technologies; that is where the product manager comes in. Their role is to understand the marketplace and where the product fits in and how it must be adapted to continue to be relevant.

How do robotics become profitable?

Return on Investment calculations to support the use of robotics often consider only direct labor costs, but many more factors contribute to profitability for companies that employ automation. Reduced scrap or rework due to the repeatability of automation, reduced frequency of inspection required, less supervision required, increased uptime and throughput potential, and opportunities to combine manufacturing processes can all add to the profitability of a program.

What is EOL(End of Life) & NPI (New Part Introduction)?

Let’s start with NPI, the beginning of the process. It starts with an idea and then a review of whether can it be made, and how much does it cost to build? Prototype, test, re-prototype, finalize, test, package, and market and sell. That NPI. Then as time passes and the product can no longer be updated or parts go obsolete, then a decision is made to EOL (End of Life) the product. This needs a plan as well. When will we stop building it and how long will we support it? Do we need to put out a notification of EOL or post it on our website? Here where we build for other customers that is the customers’ decision and we are part of the process to stop production. How much material is left and when to stop buying supplies. There are processes and steps for every aspect of a product lifecycle.

What is the lead time?

Part design can take anywhere from 1 day to several weeks. Complex assemblies with tight tolerances can undergo several rounds of design, prototyping, and testing. Once a design is complete, tooling can take another 8-16 weeks. For simple or small parts, options exist to create low-run or modular tooling in as little as 2 weeks.

How can the manufacturing process of products be improved?

Products can be improved by monitoring quality data and making adjustments to process settings.