A Microcomputer Program for Estimating Production Costs of Injection Molded Plastic Structures
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The job of estimating the production costs of injection molded thermoplastic structures requires designers and analysts to produce detailed preliminary drawings and consult machinists with expertise in mold production. Interviews with injection molding experts produced a scale of part complexity and associated range of labor hours for mold production. This scale is incorporated into a cost estimating methodology which allows the analyst to estimate the cost of the structure without the aid of technicians. The resulting cost model for the injection molding process is then programmed into an interactive Pascal computer program for ease of use and documentation.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Computer Programming and Software
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems