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, troubleshooting 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 utilizes 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 Do I Need To Provide To Begin Part & Process Design?
After coming up with your product idea, you then contact us for a preliminary discussion. During the discussion, we will get information from you about the use of your product, annual usage, color, and overall budget. After that, we will either ask for a drawing, or create one based off of the information or sample provided. We prefer that customers provide 3 Dimensional drawings, if one does not exist, we can always make one for your product.
I already have a product being made, how do I go about transferring my tooling and product?
Transferring your tooling and product to us is a simple task. You start by contacting us and discuss your product further in-depth. After preliminary information is discussed, we then schedule the transfer of your tooling. This is done by either sending a release letter with your signature on it, or you personally contacting the supplier for release of the tooling. Once we receive the tooling, we take it apart and inspect for any damage or issues and notify you if the tool is production worthy or if repairs will be needed.
Do you produce tooling/molds in-house?
It depends on the complexity of the part and mold. Simple parts such as a flat washer we can build a mold in-house for, anything complex we usually send out. With that being said, we can repair most tooling and issues in-house for faster repair turnaround.
Why should I choose you for my project?
Since 1994, we have worked with companies ranging from everyday individuals with an idea, to Fortune 1000 companies in need of a troublesome part to be manufacturered. We started as a company that took and still takes pride in taking on jobs that most people have trouble running due to complexities; whether it be the material, tolerances, or just a tough job to run. Being a small, family-owned and operated business is also an advantage as our management and production team is very close-knit, thus eliminating miscommunication that can be found in large companies. We are not afraid of any job, we do not turn away any job due to complexity, we work to solve the issues and get you the product that you require.
I'm looking to re-shore my product, what do I need to do?
The re-shoring process starts with a consultation with our engineers.W will then discuss your production needs and offer you a quotation, of which is generally compariable to what you're already paying for your product. Then, you contact your current supplier and notify them that you will be moving production, and you will need any molds, tooling, fixtures, etc. to be shipped to our facility. Once we receive the tooling, we take the molds apart and inspect for wear, damage, etc. In the event there is an issue, we will notify you of said issue, and we will move forward as we see fit.