Converting Metal into Plastic

The Client Challenge

Engineers at a large manufacturer of agricultural equipment, were tasked with examining each part in the equipment and reducing costs — without sacrificing product life or durability. The supplying distributor relied on Diversified Plastics to help them meet the challenge.

The Diversified Plastics Solution

We sat down with both the distributor and the engineering team and walked through the needs; we then created prototypes for testing. Each of the proposed parts was subjected to a full year of real-world performance testing in the field before being considered for full production. In addition to the per-part cost savings, the company wanted to recoup its tooling and capital investment within 12 months of full production. Diversified Plastics’ approach helped the supplying distributor meet all of the requirements. This changeover to plastic components has been an ongoing one, but in early 2010 nearly every part manufactured by Diversified Plastics has outperformed its metal counterpart and at a dramatic cost savings.