Just like any other third-party service you’re considering spending money on, it pays to do your research and consider multiple options for any plastic injection molding project you need completed. Doing so allows you to ensure you’re getting the best services and pricing for your dollar, plus that you know precisely what to expect moving forward.
At EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders, we’re proud to offer a huge range of custom plastic injection molding services, with applications across industries spanning from food processing and electrochemical areas to marine, medical and numerous other areas. We welcome comparisons of our services to other injection molding entities you’re considering — both because we want all prospective clients to get the very best services for their needs, but also because we’re confident that your research will lead you directly to us. What are some of the qualities that make a great plastic injection molding company, and which should you be prioritizing as you move forward? Here’s a basic primer.
Proper Production Capacity and Volume Capabilities
First and foremost, especially if you know your plastic injection molding needs involve large volume runs, make sure to choose a company with the proper production capacity and volume capabilities. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a project only to find that your chosen supplier can’t actually meet your needs.
Injection molding capacities range from low (10,000 parts or less) up to bulk (millions of parts), with most falling in the range of 100,000 to 1,000,000 parts. Be sure to ask your supplier about their daily production capacity and what types of molds they’re able to produce.
Design Team and Experience
When you’re looking for a great plastic injection molding company, be sure to look for one that has a top-notch design team with extensive experience in creating molds for your specific industry. Nothing kills a project more quickly than having to start from scratch with a new supplier because your original provider doesn’t have the knowledge or experience to get the job done right.
At EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders, we boast an experienced design team with intimate knowledge of multiple industries. We’re confident that we can provide you with a mold that not only meets your requirements, but exceeds them.
The actual process of filling your mold cavity and ejecting the product is just one small part of plastic injection molding. You’ll also need a supplier that can provide you with full-service support, from design and engineering to production and delivery.
EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders offers a comprehensive range of services to meet your every need, so you can focus on your core business while we take care of the injection molding.
Spec Requirements and Technology
You should not have to compromise in any way for the quality of your plastic injection molded parts. Make sure to work with a supplier that has both the latest technology and the ability to meet your most stringent spec requirements.
For instance, many plastic parts will need to go through spec alterations at various points in the production process. At EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders, we have the ability to quickly and easily make these adjustments without compromising on quality or delivery time. We can suggest the right tweaks to any mold to ensure it meets your specific requirements.
Another major consideration when choosing a plastic injection molding company is their quality assurance (QA) process. This encompasses everything from ensuring that the molds are manufactured to the correct specs to inspecting and testing the finished parts.
Make sure to ask your supplier about their quality assurance process in detail, and be sure that it meets your standards. You should know what sort of maintenance and inspection procedures are in place, as well as what sort of quality control measures are used.
It’s also important to have a good understanding of the supplier’s warranty and return policy. If there are any problems with the parts after they’ve been delivered, you’ll want to be sure that you’re covered.
While this isn’t technically a requirement, it’s strongly recommended that you work with an injection molder with specific experience in your product application. This will ensure that they have a good understanding of the stresses and requirements that your parts will need to meet.
For instance, if you’re in the electrochemical industry and need a custom mold for producing battery cases, you’ll want to work with a supplier that has extensive experience in this field. At EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders, we have years of experience in the electrochemical industry and can provide you with a mold that meets your exact requirements — and this is just one of numerous industries we serve.
Finally, it’s vital to think about the timing factors involved in your project. How long will it take to get the mold created and delivered? How long will it take for the parts to be produced?
Make sure to ask your supplier about their typical turnaround times and delivery schedules, and be sure that they fit within your timeframe. Some projects will require a quick turnaround, while others may have more flexible timelines.
It’s also important to factor in potential unexpected delays based on things like supplier availability or changes in the manufacturing process.
When looking for a plastic injection molding company, it’s important to consider all of these factors to ensure you’re making the best decision for your needs. EnviroTech Custom Injection Molders is confident that we can provide you with a mold that not only meets your requirements, but exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you get the most out of your injection molding project.