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Research & Development

Innovation through R&D

Research and innovation are the driving force of KST’s continuous growth. There are 59 people in the R&D department responsible for planning and implementing the company’s medium and long-term product development strategies.
This includes the development of new products, the design and introduction of new process technologies (equipment), the application research of new materials, the construction and improvement of development processes, and the active cultivation of design talent.
The company also widely uses AUTOCAD, Pro-Engineer, Uni-Graphic, ABAQUS, and other engineering drawing and analysis software and CAD/CAM computer design assistance systems to improve the design and manufacturing capabilities of products, molds, and fixtures, and introduce PLM project lifecycle management system, strengthen the management efficiency of the product development cycle and technical data.
KST has accumulated almost 50 years of experience in developing products and core expertise in mold design, with approximately 30,000 products and more than 4,000 sets of molds. With professional experience, resources and services, we are here to work on your designs or collaborate to develop new ones. KST is your ideal engineering & manufacturing partner.
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Product Focus

The company’s product line has continued to expand from terminals, connectors, and cable tie series to include solar junction boxes, electric vehicle charging guns, stainless steel cable ties, heat shrinkable tubes, crimping equipment, and handheld crimping tools for automotive cable sets, communication equipment components and other broader fields.

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

Phase 1

Planning and Program Definition

Evaluation, Prototype Control Plan

KST is IATF 16949 certified and utilizes Advanced Product Quality Planning to manage its workflow.  It defines a process for the introduction of a new product with a minimal amount of risk.

When a customer requires the introduction of a new product or the redesign of a mature one, preliminary planning becomes essential, even before discussions of product design or redesign. In this APQP phase, planning is directed at understanding the customer’s needs and product expectations.

Planning activities include collecting key data to prospectively define what the customer wants and through collaborative discussion further solidify product characteristics.

Ultimately, the output from this phase of work results in the delivery of project scope (design, reliability, and quality goals), project resources, and project timing being identified.

Phase 2

Design and Development of a Product

Tooling Design & Manufacture, DFMEA

Design and development of a product, or production design change becomes the focus activity. At this time Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) created in support of the design activity.

Resulting outcomes from work in this phase include:

  • Completed design review and verification
  • Defined material specifications and equipment requirements
  • Completed Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA) to assess failure probabilities
  • Established control plans for product prototype creation

Phase 3

Design and Development of Process

Tooling Manufacture & Trial, PFMEA

This phase focuses on planning the manufacturing process that will produce the new or improved product. The goal is to design and develop the production process while keeping product specifications, product quality, and production costs in mind. The process must be able to produce the quantities needed to meet expected consumer demand while maintaining efficiency.

Examples of outcomes in this phase include:

  • A completed process flow configuration
  • A completed process failure mode and effect analysis to identify and deal with risks
  • Operational process quality specifications
  • Product finishing and packaging requirements

Phase 4

Validation of the product

ISIR | MSA | PPAP | Product Control Plan

Validation of the product, process, or any changes to the production process is being made. At this point, a significant production run takes place which is used to collect information to confirm the that resulting product and process have the potential to produce the conforming product at the required rate, under normal production conditions. Also, the product quality planning activities culminate in the customer approval activity often referred to as the Product Part Approval Process (PPAP). Successful PPAP flags the project as being fit for entering into production.

Steps in this phase include:

  • Confirming capability and reliability of the manufacturing process and product quality acceptance criteria.
  • Performing production trial runs
  • Testing product output to confirm the effectiveness of the deployed manufacturing approach
  • Reconciling needed adjustments before moving to the next phase

Phase 5

Feedback, Assessment and Corrective Action

Internal Quality Audit & Improvement Activities

Continuous improvement of the product and process with a focus on improvement in safety, quality, delivery and costs.

Research and Development is the key to sustainable growth at KST. Research is not just about the development of the latest and greatest products. It is about developing medium and long-term goals for the design and introduction of safer, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes & equipment; the design & testing of new materials; the development of a culture that values mentorship, training, and career development of engineers.
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