A Manufacturer of large injection molded plastic products.
Application: Inventory, Distribution, Accounting and Bar-Code.
Server: AAx K6 running Windows NT Server 4.0.
Network: TCP/IP & NetBIOS over Ethernet 10BaseT.
Workstations: 6 PCs running Windows98
World Connect: DSL, protected by 3Com Firewall 25 router.
Client since: 1994
AAx Does: Cabling, Network, Support, Computers & Maintenance.
Three D Plastics - Web Site by Automation Access
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Three D Plastics has a large injection molding operation in Burbank, California. They produce parts for other companies, and for their their own spin-off company, Three D Traffic Works Inc.
Three D's offices are in the top floor of this building. The bottom floor, and nearly every other building along the block in either direction, is filled with Three D machinery, product and workers. Three D also operates their own Tool & Die Shop.
Three D's (AAx built) Windows NT 4.0 server supports 6 Windows 98 workstations. A full scale accouning and distribution application (Syspro) is run from the server. Since Syspro is a DOS program, not Windows, it doesn't have to be loaded on the individual workstations. Windows is pretty, but DOS works.
The lineup in the printer room includes a Sato bar-code printer, two high
speed DataSouth Documaxs and two Okidata dot matrix printers. All but the
Sato are on the network for use by all workstations.
Here is another molding machine surrounded by the product it is making, traffic cones. Three D has about 30 injection molding machines in various sizes.
Products molded range from large pieces like the saw horses, to small parts
including sculptures for an art company. The molds for this operation are
made in their own tool and die shop.
A system of pneumatic tubes moves plastic pellets from hoppers to the molding machines all over the facility. The machine operators don't have to be concerned with feed stock supply, it's always available.