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About Innovative Components, Inc.

Innovative Components Green Initiatives

For more than 24 years, Innovative Components, Inc. has pioneered the creative use of "Green" materials and technologies in its manufacturing processes. Innovative Components of Schaumburg, IL and its sister company Componentes Innovadores in Cartago, Costa Rica comprise one of the largest manufacturers of plastic knobs, handles, quick release pins and latches in the world.

The company has perfected techniques for utilizing recycled plastics with no compromise in mechanical or aesthetic values. Innovative Components uses thermoplastic materials exclusively, unlike other knob manufacturers who make heavy use of thermoset plastics such as phenolic. Scrap from thermoplastic resins may be recovered and reprocessed, whereas thermoset materials generally may only be processed once before being sent to the landfill.

In 2016 the company's use of recycled content exceeded 82%. Recently, Innovative's eco-friendly policies allowed it to reach an exclusive agreement with one o the world's largest recyclers of e-waste (computers, monitors, printers, etc.), thus ensuring access to high-quality recycled resins for 2016 and beyond.

 

Important Facts

SCHAUMBURG, IL USA
Schaumburg, IL is our Headquarter location, housing Manufacturing as well as Sales, Customer Service, Purchasing, Quality Control, Accounting and Administrative departments. Here are some important facts about this location:

  • Established in 1992
  • 30,000 ft2
  • Insert plastic injection molding
  • Multi-material injection molding
  • Secondary operations
  • Assembly
  • Tool design and maintenance
  • Primary warehouse
  • CNC Machining
  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified

 

CARTAGO, COSTA RICA
Cartago, Costa Rica is our newest facility, which opened in February 2006. This facility takes advantage of lower labor rates and raw material costs to give our customers competitive pricing without the risks of importing from Asia. This is primarily a manufacturing location with an emphasis on heavy labor content operations. Here are some important facts about this location:

  • Established 2006
  • 15,000 ft2
  • Insert plastic injection molding
  • Multi-material injection molding
  • Custom horizontal plastic injection molding
  • Secondary operations
  • Hot Stamping & Pad Printing
  • Assembly
  • Laser Etching              
  • Complete Tool & Die Facility              
  • Engineering & Products Development
  • CNC Swiss Machining
  • 12-14 day door to door transit time
  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Componentes Innovadores (sister company's website) http://cimoldes.com

PDF Blended Supply (PDF - 78KB)

  • Domestic & Off-Shore Manufacturing
  • Our Plant, Our People, Our Quality - NOT Outsourcing
  • 12-14 days total transit time Costa Rica to Chicago vs. 30-45 days from Asia
  • Safety Stock in USA
  • Costs Competitive with Asia....Without the Risks!

Innovative Products

We offer an extensive line of highly standardized plastic clamping knobs that are suitable for most consumer and industrial uses. All of our knobs have been designed with your application need in mind. We are a leader in multi-material/multi-color molding with an extensive selection of soft-touch products. We keep abreast of the marketplace and our customers' changing needs. In response to our customers' demand for a broader offering of components, we have added a full line of "Hand Assembly Hardware" to complement our main product line. This addition allows us to uniquely position ourselves to offer domestic quality products at prices competitive to imports. Let us help you pick the most effective "connector" for your product.

Innovative Sales and Service

We work with YOUR system to simplify the JIT process. We specialize in annual contracts with flexible release dates where we keep safety stock so you won't have to. We want to be the key vendor who's not on your speed dial! It's OUR job to make YOUR job easier. We don't say "We can't", we just do it! If you have an emergency, Innovative Components is also the best in the industry when it comes to short lead times. Give us a try!

Innovative Components also offers services such as bagging, pad printing, hot stamping, private labeling, and retail packaging.

Innovative Engineering

Our technical personnel are experts in the designing and manufacturing of all insert molded parts, particularly plastic clamping knobs. In addition to our complete line of standard plastic clamping knobs, we have engineered a wide variety of custom knobs for specific applications. We work with our customers to engineer solutions to difficult challenges. Our innovative tooling designs and extensive use of off the shelf tooling components frequently allows us to manufacture custom knobs with little or no tooling expense. We are continuously looking for ways to improve your product while taking out cost wherever possible.

Innovative Manufacturing

We utilize the most advanced rotary presses in the industry with multiple cavity tools. The sophistication of our equipment has allowed us to minimize set-up time and in-process adjustments, maximizing output. Our Schaumburg, IL plant operates 24 hours 5-7 days per week, striving for optimum capacity and economically absorbing overhead. Our in-house CNC Machining and Secondary Machining departments allow us to fabricate a wide variety of custom products.

In 2006, Innovative Components opened its very own off shore factory in Cartago, Costa Rica. This plant operates 24 hours a day 6 days per week. Having both a domestic facility and a factory in a low cost Central American location allows Innovative Components to supply high quality parts at low prices without the risks and long lead times associated with importing from Asia. Our strategy of Blended Supply and high capacity production enables us to offer our customers the competitive pricing expected in today's global marketplace.

Innovative Quality

Quality has been designed into our system, and we believe it starts with the sales department and flows through the company. We utilize 100% in-process inspection as well as final inspection to be sure each knob adheres to our performance criteria. Innovative Components is ISO 9001:2008 certified and strives for continuous improvement. We offer full proto-typing services, including PPAP approvals.

2016 Results:

External PPM: 0.0014%

On Time Delivery: 96.5%


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