Injection molding is the most important production method for manufacturing plastic components used in products ranging from cars to medical devices. Although the plastic components themselves are often inexpensive to produce, any defect can lead to expensive errors that can affect the performance or safety of the finished product. Creating a system of early fault detection and continuous process improvement can mean big payoffs for manufacturers.
Throughout the evolution of manufacturing, many industries have gradually shifted away from batch process to continuous process manufacturing as production technologies matured. This has included industries such as chemical, petroleum, steel, automobile, consumer goods and food manufacturing.