Plastic Fabrication

Sturgis Molded Products

For over 50 years, Sturgis Molded Products (SMP), located in Sturgis, MI, has been a leader in plastic injection molding and manufacturing. By combining state-of-the-art scientific molding technologies with superior in-house tool design and build, SMP provides innovative and cost-effective plastic solutions for multiple applications/industries.

The Challenge

“We were losing valuable time when our machines sent out warning alerts. We needed to create a custom, efficient alert program. Off-the-shelf options were five times the cost of SPARK’s solution, and the ‘old school’ wired programs available were inconsistent with our business model. As industry leaders, we believe in investing in the best technological options available to better serve our customers,” said Matt Weishaar, Plant Manager. “Plus, we also needed a more visible dashboard to show and tell management the ‘real’ business picture,” he added.

The Solution

SMP machine operators value the new game-changing alert system, named “SiMP”. Armed with the new technology, manufacturing leadership can immediately attend to the critical alert response now within minutes or even seconds. “Operators and managers save time and resources while limiting scrap and machine downtime,“ Weishaar said.

Why SPARK?

Initial conversations with SPARK’s experts allowed SMP to see how efficiently and quickly a custom manufacturing alert/reporting system could be created. SPARK’s team worked with SMP leadership to implement the new AWS and Open Source Technologies.

How did SPARK improve your business?

SMP’s new SPARK solution provide the manufacturer adaptability and flexibility needed within their organization. The new alert system, plus a newly launched graphic dashboard, allow management to save machine down time as well as to visually manage their days better. Weishaar enthusiastically shared, “SPARK’s efforts definitely make our operators and manager’s lives more enjoyable while saving precious time! Plus, the new dashboard gives us a bright snapshot view of our metrics. We’re in the process of expanding these capabilities and look forward to our next phase with SPARK.”

Matt Weishaar

Plant Manager at Sturgis Molded Products