Consulting

Our job is to work ourselves out of a job,
as quickly as possible.. by always focusing on improving your company's profitability, efficiencies, knowledge base, and flexibility with the least cost to you. 

 

Manufacturing Analysis for Profitability
By objectively and analytically observing your manufacturing operation(s), we can evaluate and then formulate recommendations for: Workforce utilization and training for improved production; Process improvements that streamline for efficiencies and cost reductions; Equipment (tooling, machinery and materials) processes, utilization, costing, sourcing, changes.

Training and Education
This can be given in-house or by Webinar. Ideal for thermoformers and their employees, or for machinery and tool manufacturers for their customers to better understand uses / applications of thermoforming, or some combination of both.
PCI provides professional training and educational services - from beginner to advanced - on subjects including design, tooling, equipment, extrusion and processing. Training programs are tailored to your needs and combine classroom with hands-on training, whether in your plant or at another facility.

Start-up 
Whether you are setting out to be a new Thermoformer, or adding thermoforming processes/lines into your exiting manufacturing operations of a non-thermoforming item, we can help you with design, processes, integration, machinery, tooling, material, facility, sourcing, workforce training, and certifications.

Product Development and Design Issues Specific to Thermoformers/ Forming

PCIís team will help you analyze and select which processes, techniques and materials are optimal and economical for each product - whether you start with a concept or an existing design.

Material Processing and Improvements
PCI provides technical assistance and trouble-shooting in material selection, sheet extrusion, part design, tool design, mold design, equipment issues, down-line manufacturing and plant layout, as well as all the cut-sheet, in-line and roll fed thermoforming processes -- including pressure-forming, twin-sheeting and other techniques.

Prototyping Assistance and Manufacturability
PCI provides professional assistance in product design, development and sourcing from proof-of-concept to proven manufacturability, at any volume. PCI can assist you at your facility or it can source the best facility to provide prototyping services to fit your needs, as well as to be sure each product is manufacturable. Anyone can make a one-off, but the knowledge and service come from knowing how to assure that it is affordably manufacturable.

Market Development
PCIís team can help you develop new and additional markets for your raw materials, your plant thermoforming capability, or your finished products.
We are highly experienced in market development in most all the transportation-related markets including the automotive, bus, consumer products, dunnage, fascia, marine, RV, and truck markets.

Technology Promotion
PCI works to advance new techniques and processes where appropriate, such as in applications for new materials; processing methods for Class-A and other paint replacement alternatives; tooling developments; and machinery advancements for end-users and suppliers.

Resource Selections: Equipment, Tooling
PCI provides expert assistance in the selection of any required resources and services including: thermoformers and/or sheet extruders, resin suppliers, tool- and mold-makers, equipment manufacturers, design services, prototyping and product development, or production.

PCI assists in specification and selection of new equipment, new equipment start-up, and in training your staff in the processes and techniques that will get the most out of your new equipment.

PCI assists in the design and sourcing of tooling for your project/job needs whether itís low, medium, or high production volumes. PCI associates are familiar with all types of tooling which can help you minimize lead-time and provide the best possible product at the lowest cost.