Our New Plastics Engineering Practice


Barry Braunstein

November 12, 2015

The use of plastics in product design continues to grow, particularly for higher volume products where economies of scale, lower weight and cost, and other factors are the primary benefits. For many of these applications, companies look to China to provide low cost and the ability to scale production rapidly. Acorn has been utilizing plastics in our client designs for over 20 years, and has developed processes, expertise, and relationships with suppliers around the globe. With these trends in manufacturing and new innovation in plastics happening every day, it made sense for us to formalize its Plastics Engineering expertise into a new Practice Area.

What makes it a Practice? In our case, it meant combining our Plastics Engineers from around the world into an entity that is focused on the entire process of developing and manufacturing plastic components and systems for our clients. This includes areas such as DFM, tooling analysis/reviews, designing for high-volume manufacturing, yield improvements, along with worldwide vendor management and customized training for engineering organizations looking to develop best practices/processes.

So we launched our new Plastics Engineering Practice today to help companies around the world with their plastics design, engineering, and production needs so that they can develop products that feature the very latest in plastics innovation.

From beginning to end, our new Global Plastics Engineering Practice can help take a design from an idea on a napkin to revenue-ready products. It also helps that we can have a design center in China, staffed with our own employees with expertise in plastics design and manufacturing, who can work directly with vendors on the manufacturing floor.

We're excited to provide this set of services to help our clients - If you would like to know more about how we can help you, whether it’s about plastics materials, molding, forming, welding, finishing, or debugging —or our approach to design for manufacturing and assembly—drop us a line or give us a call so we can set up a discussion.

About the author

Barry is responsible for Acorn’s sales and business development activities in the eastern United States.