Chapter 1 Introduction to Manufacturing Magic on the Factory Floor It’s Magic — Full of Excitement and Adventure! Applying carefully guarded knowledge, principles, and techniques Making high-quality hard good products Picking the right materials and processes
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Introduction to Manufacturing
It’s Magic—Full of Excitement and Adventure!
Examples: space vehicles, guided missiles, polystyrene foam, tortillas, surgical and medical equipment, semiconductors, electronic components, audio and video equipment, glass containers, textile carpet, nuts, pretzels, chewing gum, jaw breakers, DVDs, ships, motor homes, machine tools…and many more
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Our focus is on secondary manufacturing industries that make hard good products
For example, raw material, called industrial stock, in the form of thermoplastic pellets, is melted in an injection molding machine. The liquefied material is then injected under pressure into a two-piece mold to produce a case for a camping lantern. This manufacturing process is referred to as injection molding.