Injection Mold Tooling Sourcing: How to Reduce Risk and Optimize Outcomes

Posted by Ken Glassen on Sep 7, 2017 9:34:00 AM
Ken Glassen

Molding_Engineers.jpgComplex injection molding projects are, by nature, an expensive undertaking. Part development and injection mold tooling design/build often account for the majority of the budget, particularly in the case of intricate components. The consistency and quality of the part produced hinges on optimizing part development and injection mold tooling performance, as does overall project cost. Missteps can lead to expensive setbacks, product defects and quickly evaporating profits.

Simply put, optimizing project outcomes is largely a function of balancing cost with mitigating risk in injection mold tooling design. This sounds daunting, and it can be depending on the complexity of the part and tooling; however, working collaboratively with a custom injection molder from the outset can allay fears, increase efficiencies and set your project on track to success — reducing the risk of defective plastic components, delayed product launch, or blowing your development budget.

A Reliable Injection Molder Partnership

Because complex injection molding projects are multi-faceted, an injection molder with deep engineering and injection mold tooling design support is necessary to help you navigate the variables to ensure the best quality, consistency and price by:

  • Offering design for manufacturability (DfM) studies, part design review and suggesting modifications that eliminate or greatly reduce the impact of particular injection mold tooling challenges early in development, thereby reducing cost while improving quality, reliability, and longevity
  • Leveraging their experience in scientific molding to engineer a production process that aligns with the injection mold tooling design to provide top-quality functionality
  • Aligning project timelines with your team’s expectations by ensuring the injection mold tooling is operating at peak performance — reducing development time to meet market launch needs and maximize profitability
  • Proactively maintaining the mold so the original product design isn’t compromised during the course of multiple production runs

Reliable Injection Mold Tooling

Inherent in the value of a molder partnership is the quality of the injection mold tooling produced. Many molders outsource their toolmaking, but it’s important to know the caliber of toolmakers they work with, and that the molder themselves has the capability to make any final modifications in-house to streamline the product launch timeline. Ask questions of your molder to determine if key elements are accounted for in injection mold tooling design and engineering that translate to risk mitigation, including:

  • The type of mold bases and cavities: Are they constructed of best-in-class tool steels and specialty materials for consistent performance and durability?
  • Equipment age and functionality: Is the machinery used for producing the mold modern, with precision machining capabilities?
  • Critical dimensions: Has acute attention been paid to the crafting and consistency of detailed requirements, like tight tolerances?
  • Cavitation: Does the number of required cavities jeopardize part conformance? Are processes in place for cavity-to-cavity consistency and repeatability in high-cavitation injection mold tooling?

When you commit to working alongside an experienced custom injection molder like Kaysun when sourcing, designing, and using injection mold tooling, you take an active role in protecting your brand and your bottom line. For more on striking a balance between cost containment and risk mitigation through a molder partnership, download The ROI of Improved Project Flow: How Injection Molders Impact Outcomes. Click the button below to get your copy!

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Topics: Tooling / Molds