Plastic and Injection Molding Industry Blog

Mike Fil

Mike Fil
As full-time Operations Manager/Design Engineer, Mike’s focus at Extreme Molding is to run an efficient and quality-focused production operation while also assisting customers in design optimization and mold design.

Why Most Silicone Manufacturers Need CAD Files

Posted by Mike Fil on November 21, 2018

When you’re ready to take the next steps and turn your prototype into a real product it can sometimes feel like a sticking point when manufacturers require CAD drawing files before they begin a consultation or start product development with you.

We get asked about the CAD file requirement quite frequently, as it is featured on our contact form, so let’s take a look at why most good manufacturers ask for Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) files and what it means for your eventual silicone product.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding, Product Design

The Advantages of Having a Silicone Manufacturer On-Hand When You Need Them

Posted by Mike Fil on November 7, 2018

When it comes to creating large volumes of a new silicone or plastic product it can be a stressful time for anyone. Getting from ideation to product release can see challenges, deadlines, and unexpected obstacles crop up that can feel overwhelming if you try to go it alone. Often, what sees a product through the process is when you can work with a manufacturing partner that has done this countless times before and can anticipate your needs.

An often-under-appreciated requirement of your silicone manufacturer is time; the time they have available for you, the time it takes for them to respond and the time it takes for your products to be made and shipped. Let’s look into how and why your manufacturer’s time and make all the difference to the success of your products.

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Tags: Injection Molding, USA Manufacturing, Molding, large volume manufacturing, large business manufacturing

Selective Automation: A Higher Standard of Injection Molding

Posted by Mike Fil on October 30, 2018

We’re always looking for new ways to improve our silicone processes, and make sure we bring our partners only the best silicone injection molding products.

One of the ways we like to focus on quality coupled with efficiency is to refine our selective automation processes. Automation can really speed up your injection molding, but it’s easy to get so caught up in automation that your silicone manufacturer might let the value of expert workers and other processes slip through the cracks.

Here’s how selective automation can speed up manufacturing, improve quality, and positively impact your bottom-line meaning your bulk silicone production projects are on budget, on time, and exceed expectations.


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Tags: large volume manufacturing, Injection Molding, Selective Automation, Smart Machines, Innovations

The Benefits of Full Traceability of Injection Molding Manufacturers for Large Businesses

Posted by Mike Fil on October 25, 2018

It’s no coincidence that big businesses seek us out for large-volume projects because of our full traceability capabilities, coupled with high-quality parts and in-house expertise.

Even when a staggering less than 0.1% of your parts are rejected by quality assurance (like with our products consistently for the last 5 years), there is a real need to be able to identify origin and providence at every step of the silicone injection molding process and authenticate manufacturing. Here’s why, if they’re not already, your manufacturer should be offering full traceability

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Tags: Injection Molding, large volume manufacturing, Liquid Silicone Molding, large business manufacturing, High Volume Manufacturing, Full Traceability, USA Manufacturing

The History of Silicone Injection Molding Manufacturers Forecasts Future Innovations

Posted by Mike Fil on October 10, 2018

When you’re seeking a silicone injection molding manufacturer who can handle large volumes of silicone product, there’s no better way to forecast your future than to look at the history of the silicone manufacturers on your shortlist. Their story can tell you a lot about their future.

Here’s how the past of your injection mold company can inform you of the innovations they’ll be part of tomorrow, and how you can narrow down your choices in order to find the right manufacturer for your products.

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Tags: Smart Machines, Innovations, Selective Automation, Full Traceability, USA Manufacturing

How USA Innovations Are Leading the Way in 2018

Posted by Mike Fil on September 20, 2018

In many ways, silicone and plastic manufacturing in America has become a process that’s synonymous with the highest quality products. While this is in no small part down to the highly skilled expert workers who are employed in the industry in US, this is coupled with various innovations leading the way in 2018 and convincing many companies to reshore their production.

Here are some innovations in the US that are paving the way towards growth when it comes to silicone manufacturing.

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The Importance of Your Relationship with Your Injection Molding Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Fil on September 17, 2018

When it comes to finding silicone injection molding manufacturers there’s nothing more important than getting the right fit. It’s not just cost and time that can be influenced by a difficult relationship with your manufacturer — your product quality is at risk too.

Here’s a closer look at the difference a good relationship with your silicone manufacturer makes, and how you can find the right partner.

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Tags: Injection Molding, USA Manufacturing

Have You Out-Grown Your Silicone Manufacturer? Consider American Silicone Manufacturing

Posted by Mike Fil on September 13, 2018

When it comes to manufacturing silicone parts occasionally a perceived reduction in price (due to cheaper labor and processes) can lead many new entrepreneurs and businesses to initially choose to manufacture with an overseas partner or with whoever offers the cheapest overall costs. Increasingly, we’re finding these companies eventually out-grow their partners and learn through experience the benefit of having a good American manufacturer at your side to sail through potential hurdles with new products and large volume production.

Knowing when you’re ready to make this move can be hard, so here’s a look at key indicators of readiness to make the move or expand to secondary manufacturing in the USA.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding

Three Signs You Have the Best Silicone Injection Molding Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Fil on September 10, 2018

When it comes to finding the right manufacturer, there’s nothing more important than the relationship you establish with your silicone injection molding manufacturer. A good relationship with your manufacturer can be the making or breaking of your silicone product but what can you do to make sure you’re on the same page as your silicone injection molder from the very start?

Here are three things to make sure of before you commit to any one injection molding partner.

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Tags: Molding, USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding