Plastic and Injection Molding Industry Blog


White Wall Medical Molding: Non-Cleanroom Silicone Injection Molding

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on November 8, 2018

When it comes to medical and healthcare injection molding, understanding the difference between cleanroom and white wall molding can often be key in helping you to find the right silicone manufacturer for your medical devices and components.

Since we know that the cost associated with producing silicone in cleanrooms can often be a barrier to entry, let’s take a closer look at what white wall molding is and how it could benefit your business:

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Tags: Injection Molding, Healthcare Manufacturing


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 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


Silicone Elastomers US Summit: Comparing Molding Techniques

Posted by Mike Fil on August 14, 2018

Recently Lynn Momrow-Zeilinski (one of our co-founders) presented at the Silicone Elastomers US Summit — a networking event with over 250 forward thinking industry professionals from across the US. Lynn was invited because of her deep expertise in silicone and thermoplastics.

Here’s a deeper look at her session.

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Tags: Transfer Molding, Compression Molding, Injection Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding


Your Injection Molder Determines Production Speed & Quality

Posted by Mike Fil on August 3, 2018

When it comes to quality goods at reasonable prices, there’s a third component most consumers are looking for: speed. With schemes like AmazonNow leading the way in fast shipping of consumer goods, quality silicone products aren’t the only thing your customers are looking for. They want more from the brands they choose to buy from. They want products on their door in a matter of days instead of weeks.

Here’s a look at how the right silicone injection molder should be able to help you meet that demand. 

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding, High Volume Manufacturing, Molding


Explaining Shrink in Silicone Injection Molding

Posted by Corie Yodis on July 30, 2018

Shrink is a common issue in all injection molding processes, both silicone and plastic. As long as you are working with a skilled manufacturer, who has ample knowledge in material science, they should know how to account for the shrink in your design. Silicone shrinks more predictably than plastic, so it is easier to account for. All plastic resins have different shrink rates, and they are much larger than the shrink rates of silicone. Plastic shrink can also result in sink, which can be a large problem atheistically.

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Tags: Injection Molding, Product Design, Molding, Silicone Shrink