Why buy American made;
We've seen it often over the last decade that almost anything produced overseas may be cheaper, but where pricing lacks, so does quality. We've had tooling come in from customers that they wanted us to run, and the molds were made with lower quality metals, and mistakes were found that needed repair before running in our facility. We've also had customers come to use whom had product run overseas and the received product wouldn't meet their quality requirements. We pride ourselves on providing pricing that is competitive with suppliers in cheap labor countries, while giving our customers a product that is 100% within their requirements or better.
How the injection molding process begins;
- Customer presents an idea for a part that they want to have made.
- We create a 3D CAD drawing for the part using the customers specifications.
- We obtain pricing for tooling/materials/secondary operations, then we present pricing for the part(s).
- If needed, we create a prototype part for the customer for testing. This can be using a 3D printed part, machined part or by having a prototype mold built.
- Once the prototype part passes customer inspection, we start building the production mold.
- Upon mold completion, we run sample parts, quality check them and present them to the customer for their own inspections.
- If parts pass, production starts. If parts fail inspection, the process is adjusted, materials are changed, or the mold is sent out for changes. Once this is complete, sampling repeats.
- During production, parts are quality checked periodically visually for any defects and dimensionally for any changes during the production run. If the parts fail, troubleshooing begins to find the root of the issue with the parts. Once the issue is fixed, we "crack down" on our quality checks to make sure parts are back to a passing quality.
- Parts are packaged and then shipped to the customer.
How do we offer low cost injection molding?
- It's simple; we keep our overhead and costs low. We only use materials, machinery, or employees that are needed for the job. Adding extra variables only add to part pricing.
- Our newer machinery utilize computerized controls, this means setup is generally faster and more precise than the "old school" machines. Also with the ability to save setups within a control, setups can be completed in minutes vs. possible hours on the future production runs.
- We utilize the best materials possible for each job, but there are some jobs that do not have a specific material needed, thus "generic" materials can be used for cost savings.
- We also utilize "lights-out" production at night. This keeps us from having extra people running extra shifts, but it also keeps production running throughout the night to help keep our deliveries on-time.
What information do I need to give you to start with the part and process design?
You'll need basic information to start with; dimensions, an idea of what material you'd like to use (or what the part is going to be used for), any certifications the material will need, and what the qualities purchased will be. We prefer customers come to us with a 2D or 3D CAD drawing, but we can create one if a drawing does not exist.