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Project management for an injection molded project is essential. The project management office (PMO) includes a group of professionals who focuses on the project's scope and maintains the quality and outcome standards required by the customer. Therefore, the PMO tasks begin with sourcing all required documentation, metrics, and guidance to execute all project requirements.

The PMO follows every project-related task from start to finish. This office provides a strategic tool for keeping decisions and implementations moving consistently toward the project goal established by the customer—regular communication internally and externally providing detailed reporting on all problems, activities, and requirements involved.

Reducing Risk, Preventing Errors for Injection Mold Building

An effective PMO will engage in a manner that controls budgets, keeps projects on schedule, and will assure compliance with every mandate and requirement - be it regulatory or client-based. These actions serve to ensure a reduction of risk and the prevention of errors. It acts as a go-between with the client and the company, decreasing confusion, and increasing successful project completion. When done well - this process helps eliminate stress on the client because knowing the project will be completed on time. It increases accuracy and confirms the order of mandatory activities for increased speed and efficiency. In addition, they keep close tabs on all checks and balances.

Project Team Responsibilities for Effective Management 

Time management is a core issue for quality control and efficiency. Effective time management involves schedules that affect deadlines every team member can accomplish within appropriate levels of quality control. Time calculation needs to include room for unforeseen issues and time to solve these problems. The ability to accurately assess all potential risks is mandatory. These risk assessments are reported and calculated into the schedule, so neither performance nor quality is compromised. These risks and solutions are communicated to all those able to review and analyze patterns, trends, and opportunities. 

They are using what is known as the Gantt chart to track activities and time assessments. Each task is reflected by its bar, and the position and length of this bar reflect start and end dates.

This means it only requires a glance to see:

  • What the various tasks are for a project
  • When each task begins and ends
  • How long each task is scheduled to last
  • Where duties overlap with other tasks and by how much
  • The start and end date of the whole project
  • In essence, the Gantt chart shows you what has to be done and when

Project Management for Injection Molding Product Delivery

The manufacturing of custom injection molded products requires excellent attention and planning. Therefore, the work of a project manager always involves communication ahead of any other aspect of project management. This communication occurs between design engineers, clients, production teams, mold builders, research and development experts, and manufacturing engineers.

This constant communication helps the team understand customers' requirements and develop better methods to deliver products on time. The key to effective coordination for injection mold building is project management.

Project management coordinates the project from the start with scheduling tasks from initiation to being handed off for full production.  

Scheduling and allocation of tasks remain the core duty of the project manager. The tasks are identified during the requirement assessment stage. This management also demands effective distribution of all the various functions to the many different people within the organization. Evaluation is mandatory to review the progress of each task and report to the customer. Project managers are responsible for implementing all of the decisions of the PMO.

At Crescent Industries, the project management office manages new mold builds, tool transfers and communicates project status internally and externally. In addition, they look at the scope of the project, the cost, and the delivery utilizing Gantt charts and a web-based project manager server. To learn more, listen to the webinar on Steps to Launching Your Injection Molded Project

Topics: injection mold building