Telford, UK. July 2009: Market leading rapid injection moulding specialist Protomold, a service from Proto Labs, is delighted to announce that mould tool prices now start at just £995 – (down from £1,195!).
This significant price reduction has been made possible by Protomold’s relentless investment in faster and more efficient manufacturing equipment and processes. A large proportion of this investment has been spent on the latest high-speed CNC machine centres, as well as upgrading to a 1.9 teraflop multi-processor analysis hub to power ProtoQuote™, its online quoting and ordering system.
“Our focus,” says commercial manager, Damian Hennessey, “has always been to make the product development process faster and less expensive. Our customers in both the UK and across the European continent are familiar with our very quick service – they can have finished, injection moulded parts in as little as one business day. Once again, thanks to our investments and continuous improvements, we’re able to further reduce the cost of obtaining those parts.”
It’s also thanks to these investments in new capital equipment that Protomold can now offer injection moulded parts up to 480 mm x 770 mm x 152.4 mm (76.2mm from a central parting line) in size.
“Many of our UK and European customers are already taking advantage of this increase in size capability to speed up development of larger parts,” says the company’s managing director, John Tumelty. “The new, larger size means our service is even more attractive to companies and designers working in the automotive and medical sectors, where large plastic parts are common.”
Protomold is also delighted to announce it has recently received ISO 9001:2008 accreditation. “Over the past few years our business in Europe has grown considerably,” says Mr. Tumelty, “and we’ve opened local offices in France and Germany. The ISO 9001 accreditation is an internationally recognised standard and shows all of our customers, large and small, that we achieve high and consistent levels of quality in our business and manufacturing processes.”
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