A lot can be learned from a “small” project

When you lean into anything in manufacturing there are challenges.  From what I’ve learned over my 40+ years is that no matter the size of the part or assembly there are things you can learn that apply to
a whole host of disciplines.

Take for example our 20 year production history of the PolyJohn PJ III models that are coin banks for promotion of the services and products in this industry.

Any industry can take what they use in the real world and miniaturize it.  Not everyone is successful at getting the job done as there are a lot of complexities when you shrink something.

Because you can make a locomotive to run on the train tracks and power it with steam in the 1800’s does not mean you can be successful in making it a 1/24thminiature and have it work in the same manner.  The same can be said about a portable john (potty-house).


I enjoy seeing multiples of things we make all lined up looking smartly.  The PJ’s are some of those items.  We usually make these in lots of 360 to 1000 based upon demand and almost all are sold with a preorder before we launch into each run which we do a few times each year. They put a smile on your face and always seem to draw a crowd, even a small one, pun intended.

You may have a large item your company produces that would be neat to make into a scale model and use for a sales person to tote around and do trade shows with or even visit clients with it under their arm.  We’ve done this on many items for a variety of companies.  We have no minimums although quantities of ONE or TWO are more costly than 10 or 100’s of course.

We invite your thoughts on this and if you have questions please contact us. Always happy to discuss.

Manufacturing provides us the challenge of sourcing components or making them ourselves that are “at scale” size. This has given us a great knowledge base which we then use for many other full-sized applications.

By making things in higher volume you learn to become efficient, impact the process with quality controls, train and retrain your staff over the years as a production run that spans 20 years does see a lot of different hands, minds, feet and eyes employed to make them.  This part of running a manufacturing company can be a challenge but is also fun.  I call it the human factor.  When you watch a worker to learn how to pinstripe, apply decals, work in miniature and build models, it builds self-confidence and provides a warm feeling of accomplishment in that person. You can see this again and again in the smile on their face each time they do the task at hand.

Speaking of smiles, I recently had to update our eBay listing for the banks with photos emphasizing its actual size. You can say it’s a bank, it’s a model, it’s small, but unless you actually show it in pictures, you are always going to have a couple people want to know if they can have 4 of the potty houses delivered to their house for a wedding reception they will be hosting in a couple weeks. I guess they thought it was a good deal for $25.00 and free shipping (in the lower 48). See for yourself.

Good fun, always.

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