If you’re looking to select a plastic injection molding company to handle your project from concept to completion, it’s generally recommended you select a company that provides full-service molding and mold making capabilities in-house. Here’s why:
- Quick Changes Design changes can be made, reviewed and refined within a much shorter timeframe when a project is done in-house. The quality of your molded part starts with the quality of the mold itself. In the early stages of development, refinements in design are often made numerous times before the mold is ready for construction. Working with a one-stop-shop molder and mold maker gives you the ability to address these changes immediately and efficiently. Additionally, time spent on repairs and maintenance is greatly reduced when the tool shop is in the same building. Sometimes these issues can even be addressed while the mold is still in the press, thus reducing manufacturing downtime.
- Enhanced Communication Often times when there is a separate toolmaker and molder involved in a project, communication can be difficult. It’s crucial for you and your supplier to communicate early in the process, as well as throughout the mold building process to ensure priorities and deadlines are met. Because of the many options related to gating (2 plate, 3 plate, hot manifold), as well as mold construction (pre-hard steel materials, hardened steel materials, the way mold actions are approached, or just the general way a mold is constructed), it is important that the mold maker and the molder are on the same page and able to communicate clearly throughout the project. This communication becomes seamless when both molding and mold making in-house.
- Vested Interest in the Program When a project is done in-house, you have the advantage of both departments communicating from the quoting stages and agreeing on the absolute best approach for the customer. Because both parties have a vested interest in the program, a maintenance schedule and molding expectations are set from the quoting stages and equate to a maintenance free mold for the customer.
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