Friday, May 7, 2010

Reduce Product Production Cost by adding a Plastic Living Hinge Vs. Traditional Metal Hinges

I have been writing about different ways to reduce the cost of producing products.  Design and Engineering are key to producing a high aesthetic product, but one goal usually is to keeping the total project cost down. 

Here is another idea to ponder....
  • Replace a Traditional Metal Hinge with a Plastic Living Hinge
  •   Plastic Living Hinge ??  A Living hinge is similar to the hinge on a Tic-Tac breathmint container.. but picture it on a much larger scale....   
    Imagine the Savings!
      • No hinges to order! Lower Inventory costs!
      • No extra labor/machine time to fasten them to the product. They are already there molded into the product.
      • No risk for rust, and no need to grease the hinge.
Plastic Living Hinge
similar to the hinge on a Tic-Tac Container but large scale

We have put together an example of a Twin Sheet Thermoformed Roll-up Door with a Plastic Living Hinge.