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5 Reasons Why Medical Device OEMs Need Full Service Injection Molders

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How Vendor Consolidation Benefits Medical Device Manufacturers

An approved vendor list isn’t meant to be static, and if you’re treating yours like it’s written in stone, you may be doing yourself and your business a disservice.

Critically evaluating vendor performance on a regular basis not only helps you identify and weed out those that aren’t consistently meeting expectations, it also provides an opportunity for vendor consolidation.

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Choosing the Right Materials for Complex Injection Molding

With the freedom to create new features and cost-effectively achieve process efficiencies, it's obvious why many design engineers prefer to use complex injection molding to create plastic parts and components.

What isn’t always clear, however, is the myriad considerations required at the onset of the process. Among them is selecting the appropriate materials to make the actual mold as well as plastic injection molding materials for the part. Here are key points to keep in mind when working through it with an injection molder partner.

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Use Moldflow Analysis to Maximize Complex Injection Molding Outcomes

Moldflow analysis is a frequently used term in the injection molding industry but it is often poorly understood. The process uses a sophisticated computer program to analyze and predict the flow and cooling of plastic during all phases of the injection molding processSince there are different levels of analytical software available, selecting the right one for your project is as important as interpreting the data for successful results.

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Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) v. Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR): A Brief Comparison

Complex injection molding is a viable solution for many projects, but there’s often hesitation in using it because of confusion about which material matches the job. While “thermoplastic” and “thermoset” sound similar and both are appropriate for a wide range of applications, the material properties of these two resin categories and how they behave during processing ultimately reveal the best fit.

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Scientific Molding: The Key to Quality, Consistency and Profitability

In this age of global competitiveness and tough regulation, superior quality is the name of the game in differentiating you from competitors and increasing your market share.

OEMs in various industries are designing increasingly complex components, products and devices with higher injection molding tolerances that must meet stringent quality standards, regulatory compliance and cost-effectiveness. This can be achieved through scientific molding, the best designed and controlled manufacturing process possible.

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How Overmolding Benefits Injection Molding Processes and Projects

It’s a world of handheld devices we live in today: smartphones, tablets, GPS assistants and specialized power tools for the shop, lab, kitchen and garden. Medical facilities depend on portable digital devices to care for patients, contractors align studs with pocket-sized levels, troops perform safely in the field with reliable, high-performance equipment and gear, and households are stocked with all kinds of gadgets that make life easier.

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How Plastic Part Consolidation Saves Time and Money

Metal-to-plastic conversion is a decades old concept, and it remains a popular option for addressing concerns about component or end product cost, weight, manufacturability and compliance. While metal-to-plastic conversion is effective, many industries — notably automotive, defense and medical — are leaning into it further in order to reap more benefits by consolidating multiple existing parts into a single complex injection molded plastic part.

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Hand Loads: Cost Effective Solutions for Complex Plastic Parts

It seems old-fashioned to load anything by hand these days, especially in a high-tech industry like injection molding. However, “hand loads”—mold inserts that are physically placed into a mold and then removed when the part is finished—are essential for the production of certain parts.

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Tight Tolerance Molding and Product Design

There are many factors that impact injection molding tolerances—all of which need to be controlled with precision to meet final part specifications. The greater the number of factors, the harder it is to achieve tight tolerances consistently. That’s why it is so important to consider tight-tolerance requirements during the plastic part design process, where factors can be addressed through design modifications without impacting quality or performance. In fact, working with an experienced injection molder like Kaysun could actually result in even tighter tolerances, if needed, through expert alignment of design, materials, tooling and production process parameters.

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