A Molder’s Role in Ensuring Faster Time to Market

Posted by Matt Bishop on Feb 23, 2017 9:14:00 AM
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molder-time-to-market.jpgFaster time to market is a distinct competitive advantage, but making speed a priority can jeopardize injection molding process efficiencies — and your product performance.

However, reducing time to market and ensuring product quality isn’t an either-or proposition when you seek out a molder that thinks and delivers beyond the standard injection molding process. A molder with expertise in mold flow analysis, scientific molding, and other time and cost saving process methodologies has the capabilities you need to prevent costly re-work, end use defects or product failure.

An experienced molding partner is, in part, an extension of your engineering team. Leveraging their scientific molding knowledge allows for production process optimization, and ultimately faster time to market, in several important ways:

  • Design: Design doesn’t start with the inception of the project. Lessons learned in previous project work — stress loads, stress points, tight tolerances etc. — are factored into the design strategy to guide materials selection, methodology and needed modifications.
  • Analysis: Together moldflow analysis and DfM review maximize project timelines by simultaneously facilitating prototype mold creation and predictive analysis to determine mold flow, shrinkage, warpage and other outcome-critical information.
  • Tooling: A molder with the insight and ability to fine tune molds in-house, like Kaysun, can really streamline the process and reduce time to market simply because there’s no need to send the mold out for modification. In-house refinements translate to a reduced number of iteration corrections and greater control over timing and costs. Kaysun employs EDM and/or CNC machines to make mold adjustments that, in turn, allow us to perform cost-efficient final sampling, inspection and submission without looping in outside vendors.
  • Production: Scientific molding uses sophisticated software and sensors to gather critical and relevant data that optimizes the production process. Having this information means engineers can reduce cycle times to the lowest possible level without compromising the process or creating unnecessary stresses, as well as bring dimensions into specification that would otherwise interfere with or derail component functionality.

An experienced molder that is able to introduce mold fill analysis and scientific molding into your process plays a significant role in keeping your project timing, costs and efficiencies in check, all helping you achieve faster time to market.

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Topics: Injection Molding