How often do you source an injection molder? If you are like most companies and project managers, not very often. The good news is, once you have selected an injection molder to work with you are likely to stay with them for a long time as long as they keep producing quality plastic parts.
There are several scenarios in which the need for an injection molder may arise:
- Your company has designed a new product that requires injection molding
- Your engineers have re-designed an existing injection molded part
- Your current injection molder is no longer meeting your quality requirements
- Your business is moving manufacturing from overseas to the U.S.
So...when you are in the market again, how do you ensure you have selected the best plastic injection molder for the job? We created an eBook that can hopefully help.
We call it “10 Must-Ask Questions for Choosing an Injection Molder.”
We have condensed the top issues into questions and then provided answers to each. By reviewing these questions prior to interviewing an injection molder, you are more likely to get the information you need to make a proper assessment.
Here is a sampling of what you'll find inside:
Question: Does the injection molder have an experienced in-house design and mold/tool building team?
Answer: Using an injection molder that has the in-house capabilities to steer your project through from concept to completion has several advantages.
- In the early stages of development, refinements in design are often made. Working with a turnkey manufacturer, these changes can be made, reviewed, and refined within a short time frame.
- Design engineers are trained to build the best possible design for the project. They have the expertise required to build molds that will produce the highest quantity and quality parts.
- The plastic injection molder should utilize the latest in precision CNC and EDM machine tool equipment.
Question: How many molding machines do they have and what are their capabilities?
Answer: Molders with a higher number of presses will be able to accommodate more projects during a given time period. However, they must also have a wide range of machine sizes. Injection mold machines are measured in terms of pressure or tonnage. Plastic injection machines can run from 40 to 4000 tons. The large machines can accommodate larger molds. However, not all parts run well on large machines. Your molder will determine the best machine to use based on the number and size of the part, as well as the material.
Question: Do they guarantee their molds for the life of a project?
Answer: This is an important question to ask. When you work with a manufacturing team who has designed and built the mold, they should offer guarantees. If slight adjustments need to be made to the mold or repairs, the molder should stand behind their work.
There are thousands of plastic injection molding companies in the United States to choose from and selecting the one for your project can be a daunting task. We hope this eBook of key questions and answers will help you compare and contrast injection molding companies and determine the best manufacturer for your next project. Download it by clicking on the button below.