Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I am reviewing old newsletters and came across a great article from David Brody, our VP of Operations. Enjoy!
A new die cast replica takes one year to develop from the prototype stage to a delivered product. Why does it take so long?
After we've decided on a new item, gathered all specifications and worked out basic engineering, our China factory is ready to produce a prototype. The prototype is a pattern model that is precisely carved by hand. If the replica has any electronic or integrated chip (known as I.C.) function, that will be part of the prototype. Creation and approval of the prototype, including modifications, takes about two months.
After the prototype is approved and engineering drawings are completed, we start to fabricate the molds. The molds are made of heavy-gauge carbon steel and include die cast (which makes bon steel and include die cast (which make the zinc metal parts) and injection (which makes the plastic parts). Molds could also include metal stamping and dies for extrusions. Molds may produce more tan one part, this is called a "family" mold. For example, all plastic parts that will be chromed plated would be included in one mold. The carving process to fabricate the molds is a combination of hand work and computer automation and takes four months. The factory then tests the molds and assembles the replica samples to check part fit and function. Another month will be spent making final modifications, such as improving the overall fit of all parts and function of moving parts. Included in this final process is a polishing of the molds, which ensures a smooth surface for painting. Much of this work is done by hand.
Once the molds have been completed, we start the three-month production process. The first step is the molding, which for some of our items (such as the pedal cars) can involve over 150 different parts. After molding, the die cast parts go through a multi-stage deburring and polishing. Much of this is done by hand. The plastic parts are molded and the n separated into category by finish, which includes those to be painted, chrome plated, or not finished.
To be continued. . .
Monday, March 22, 2010
Low Minimums on the 1:24 scale 1969 Mustang Boss 429!
In total, there were only 1,358 Mustang Boss 429s manufactured, making it arguably one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars. The Boss 429 came about as a result of NASCAR- Ford wanted to develop a Hemi engine that competed with the famed 426 Hemi From Chrysler. The NASCAR’s rules required that at least 500 cars be fitted with this engine and sold to the general public. Fortunately, it was decided that the Mustang would be the car that would house this new engine.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
• In developing replicas/sales premiums, the most important factor is that the premium has a HIGH PERCEIVED VALUEto the Snap-on customer. All Crown Premiums products promote that fundamental value.
• All products are 100% guaranteed for defects, happiness, and workmanship. We replace and don’t ask for product back. Guarantee covers product damage caused by carrier. All products have the guarantee in the box with our 800 number. Customer calls Crown direct or the clients 800 number. Web address is also on the guarantee card. Toll free number 1-800-315-6598.
• All programs will be supported through free sales brochures.
• Attractive four-color cartons package all Crown Premiums merchandise.
• Brian O’Hara, President or David Brody, Vice President are available to meet with customers to help develop and present effective programs.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
*Who/what are we?...We are product developers and manufacturers of diecast/plastic and polyresin custom projects
* Services we provide: In-house engineering/CAD, model making, mold making. U.S.
and overseas capabilities, advertising/marketing literature/order forms.
* Manufacturing: Totally vertically integrated: Engineering to production
Friday, February 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
FYI. . . how I chose Missy: I went to: http://www.randomnumbergenerator.com/default.asp that randomly generated a number between 1 and 65. The number 6 was selected. She was the number 6 fan on my page (when I viewed it last. . . the order of the fans changes with each viewing).
Thanks to everyone! I plan on having more giveaways in the future... so please invite your friends to become Crown Premium Fans!