A growing number of harnesses are being over-molded for weather proofing and reliability. Each connector is often unique, requiring specific tooling. Molding machines are usually the bottleneck in the processes. To optimize throughput, manufacturers usually have to choose between more machine set ups, or letting machines sit idle to avoid extra set ups, or, buying additional machines.
Molding machines require the management of temperature, raw material, a recipe, and more complex tooling set up than most other machines. Because of these things, these machines are often the constraint.
- Rate at Which Parts are Produced (hour/shift/day/period)
- Total Parts Produced (hour/shift/day/period)
- Total Good (or bad) Cycles, Process ‘Yield’
- Time the Machine is Producing Parts (value adding time)