Cost Management in Plastics Processing

Cost Management in Plastics Processing

Strategies, Targets, Techniques, and Tools

4th Edition - September 22, 2017

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  • Author: Robin Kent
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022696
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022726

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Cost Management in Plastics Processing: Strategies, Targets, Techniques, and Tools, Fourth Edition, makes readers think about current practices and how to go forward with effective cost management. This is a practical workbook that provides a structured approach to reducing costs in plastics processing for all the major plastics shaping processes (moulding, extrusion, forming) as well as elsewhere in the company (e.g., in factory services and non-manufacturing areas). Competition in all manufacturing sectors is increasing, and there is continuous pressure to drive costs down and to increase cost management. Good cost management improves profits and margins, improves management control and opens the door to becoming a world-class company. The approach throughout this book looks rigorously at where costs are incurred and proposes projects and targets for cost reduction. This book is designed to provide a well-structured map broken down into simple tasks and achievable goals. This book offers a structured approach to the techniques of cost management, from how costs are calculated by accountants, to the effective use of machines and labor, to the minimization of waste. It begins by looking at traditional methods of accounting and costing and whether these are helpful or accurate for project management. Practical examples of cost management in plastics processing are included, together with many useful flow charts and diagrams to illustrate the points under discussion.

Key Features

  • Enables plastics processors to institute an effective cost management system, going beyond simply trying to cut costs
  • Provides a holistic perspective on cost management, shining a light on areas on costs which may not have previously been considered or accounted for, and proposing projects and targets for cost reduction
  • Serves as a route map to help companies move toward improved margins and greater profitability


Managers, product designers, purchasing/procurement personnel and engineers working with a range of plastic processing techniques, including injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming, rotational moulding, and others

Table of Contents

  • 1. Cost Management
    2. Design and Development
    3. Materials
    4. People and Systems
    5. Production
    6. Overheads
    7. Data, Information, and the Smart Factory
    8. Tools for Cost Management

Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: September 22, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022696
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022726

About the Author

Robin Kent

Dr Robin Kent has a B.Eng.(Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Surrey (UK)). He has been involved with polymer processing since 1971 and has worked as Technical Director for several of the major plastics processing and window systems companies in UK and Europe.

He has published over 400 technical and management papers on plastics and windows and 6 books on plastics processing. He regularly lectures on energy management in plastics processing and materials technology throughout the world. He has chaired 5 committees setting standards for the UK plastics and window industry and is a regular judge for major plastics and glazing industry awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tangram Technology Ltd.

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