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Injection molding is a widely used manufacturing process in the medical industry, offering numerous advantages for a variety of applications. Medical-grade plastics injection molding is used for medical devices, components, laboratory and facility equipment, and more. Among the key advantages of the injection molding process are its ability to meet the exacting specifications and regulatory… Read More »Plastic Injection Molding In The Medical Industry

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In manufacturing, there is sometimes a notion that there are “metal applications” and “plastic applications.” In other words, there’s an assumption that these are applications for which one type of material is just more well-suited, and the other type of material can’t be used. If you haven’t started already, it’s time to rethink those ideas.… Read More »Why Should You Choose Plastic Over Metal Parts In 2019?

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Think for a moment about products you use that you consider “high-quality.” It probably won’t take long — quality becomes a part of the identity of the best products. You may have thought of products like your car or mobile device, or maybe a good pair of snow boots or a winter coat that always keeps you warm and dry. These are products on which you rely, appreciate and are probably proud to own. Now, think of some “low-quality” products in your life — hopefully you don’t have experience with too many, but you can likely come up with a few. You probably consider them to be “cheap,” and not worth your time or money. In these examples, you likely thought about consumer products, but quality remains critically important no matter what your sector of manufacturing is. Reputation and affinity are just the beginning of why the quality of your...

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It’s a pretty safe assumption that you’d like to save money on your next injection molding project. It’s also probably safe to assume that you’ve been actively trying to do so. Yet with a process as versatile as injection molding — one that can meet countless needs and be used in so many ways — there are also many ways to achieve further cost savings, which differ from job to job and application to application. What’s more, the definition of “cost savings” can vary depending on where you’re looking to reduce costs. Shorter-term cost savings might include cost per part or finishing services on a specific job. Longer-term cost savings can come in areas such as decisions about mold manufacturing, or big-picture adjustments to the design principles that your engineers follow. With all of that in mind, this piece is intended to provide a little bit of everything, which will...

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In-house injection molding is not a consideration to be taken lightly — although it sometimes is. The perceived benefits of bringing that production in-house can make it an attractive proposition to manufacturers with machining or other core competencies who need injection-molded components and parts for their products. Upon due diligence, however, the vast majority of decision makers will find that those benefits — things such as reduced cost or faster speed — are not as easily attainable as they initially seemed, and in many cases will never actually come to fruition at all. While this fact almost always bears out when examined over the long term, there are even a number of short-term benefits to not bringing your injection molding in-house. As an alternative to an in-house process, outsourcing your injection molding offers many more tangible benefits to your bottom line — both over time and in your day-to-day operation....

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we like to discuss both the established tenets and best practices for injection molding, as well as the many ways in which the process — and the manufacturing industry as a whole — continues to evolve. Innovation in injection molding is an ongoing process, often tied to innovation in other processes, such as 3D printing, or advances in areas such as materials. In this piece, we’ll examine some of the latest innovations as well as the growing trends in the field. A More Engineered Approach to Design The topic of manufacturability as a design best practice is something that we’ve discussed several times in the past, so we’ve been pleased to notice that a more engineered, integrated approach to product design — with manufacturability as a key consideration — seems to be taking hold. What this means is that...

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Injection molding is, in many ways, one of the most cost-effective manufacturing processes available — that fact is one of several reasons why it’s so commonly used. Among those other reasons: versatility, relative speed, and access and availability. In this piece, however, we’re going to focus on that cost-efficiency aspect, and how to maximize it by lowering your production costs in targeted areas. The value of injection molding lies in its ability to produce a broad range of part types and designs, at scale, with a relatively fast turnaround time. We’ll look through the lens of that value to help locate areas for even greater efficiency and lower costs. When assessing areas where you might want to reduce your injection molding costs, there are two big-picture areas to consider: what you can do as a product developer or designer, and what the manufacturer can do as your production partner. While...

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Injection molding process monitoring and process control can help you achieve several goals: improved process quality, higher-quality products and lower overall costs — to name a few. Injection molding process control can also help you stay on top of secondary aspects of your manufacturing process, such as injection mold life cycle and other equipment factors that play a role in different areas of your budget and overhead. If you’re not familiar with injection molding process monitoring, or have heard the term but aren’t quite sure about the full meaning, let’s back up and take a look at exactly what it is. On the surface, the term seems self-explanatory: it’s a way of monitoring quantitative aspects of your molding process. However, there’s more that makes up the meat of what injection molding process monitoring and control do — and what the benefits are. The components that comprise an effective injection molding...

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Injection molding defects: they happen, even to the most experienced and knowledgeable operators out there. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that molding defects are purely symptomatic of inexperience or inattention — it’s simply not the case. Any number of causes can contribute to molding defects: standard process margins of error, differences from one batch of material to another, changes in machine calibration after repairs or maintenance, ambient environmental factors, and more. And yes, experience can play a role as well, but in a broad range of forms. For instance, a long-time operator working with a machine for the first time may not be familiar with its quirks and particularities, leading to unavoidable errors. There are many types of injection molding defects, but some are more common than others. What this means in practice is that there are more factors that can cause some defects than others, and thus...

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If you’ve been reading our blog for any period, you’ve likely noticed that we’re big proponents of seeking the right material for the right application (whenever such flexibility is possible) in spite of what “conventional wisdom” might tell you. In the world of manufacturing and plastic injection molding, there are more variables and, thus, more options than you might think. You’re also likely familiar with the potential for aluminum injection molds instead of steel injection molds in certain scenarios, since the advantages of aluminum — in the right situations — have been broadly discussed regarding injection molding. Priorities and requirements are different for every project. In this piece, we’ll take a side-by-side look at some benefits and disadvantages of aluminum molds and steel molds for 10 key factors. Tooling cost. Advantage: Aluminum. When you look at the raw cost of having an injection mold manufactured, aluminum offers a clear advantage...

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