Plastic and Injection Molding Industry Blog

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

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

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

Choosing the Right Color for Your Silicone or Plastic Product

Posted by Corie Yodis on March 2, 2018

The color of your plastic or silicone product can make all the difference, especially for your consumers. It’s the first thing any customer will see of a product and can make a real impact on sales. The right color choice can set you apart from competitors and other brands, establishing your product in the market. As such, you should approach choosing color as seriously as any other strategic choice for your business.

You might not realize this but the material you choose for you product is where we you need to start with this decision. Silicone and plastics have completely different pigments and need to be matched differently. Your manufacturer should be able to advise on this, helping you through this process, but here’s some basic information to get you started.

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Tags: Injection Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, Molding, Product Design

Extreme Molding Featured in Times Union

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on February 27, 2018

We were recently featured in Times Union in an article that focuses on how we co-founded Extreme Molding by combining expertise in engineering and business.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding, Molding, Rubber Manufacturing

How to prepare CAD Drawings for Your New Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Fil on February 13, 2018

As we’ve previously mentioned, when you’re considering moving manufacturer or reshoring your product to the USA it’s important to have design files (CAD drawings) of your product on hand. Using these files, your manufacturer can develop a deeper understanding of your product and offer expert advice. Being able to communicate your ideas visually as well as practically makes a difference – your manufacturer will need to know the size and inner workings of your product – and the right computer-aided design (CAD) drawings can do this perfectly.

A CAD drawing is a digital file representing a product as either a 2D or 3D image. They offer industrial designers and contract manufacturers insight into the size and shape of your parts, allowing them to provide quotations and simulate stress and strain forces when necessary.  This can be significant when determining the best design of your product and improving overall quality of your mold.

Here’s how to prepare CAD drawings for a new manufacturer:

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Tags: Molding, Injection Molding, Overmolding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing

Choosing the Right Plastic Material for Your Product

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on February 7, 2018

Product designers, entrepreneurs, and inventors often ask Extreme Molding for material recommendations when manufacturing their products. With thermoplastic materials (plastics, resins, or polymers that are moldable above a specific temperature and then solidify when cool) there are countless choices out there and we often suggest enlisting the help of material suppliers as well as molders to figure this out. 

Choosing the right material for your product can make a huge difference to your bottom line, as well as the quality of the product your manufacturer creates. Here are some basic guidelines your manufacturer should keep in mind and raise with you when choosing the correct plastic for your product.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Liquid Silicone Molding, Injection Molding

Reshoring Your Product: How to Make The Move To USA Manufacturing

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on January 26, 2018

Primarily for financial reasons, many companies choose to start off manufacturing their silicone product overseas.  Overseas manufacturers can offer attractive start-up mold pricing but once a company has established a market for their product and demand increases, they often realize the benefits of doing business in the USA. Some of the advantages of USA suppliers include:

  • Preserved intellectual property
  • Ease of communication
  • Shorter lead times and reduced shipping costs
  • Lot traceability
  • Consistent high quality
  • Attractive Comparable Part Pricing
  • Newer technology and materials
  • Premium positioning with retailers
  • Consumer preference for USA made goods (both USA and overseas consumers)

If you find yourself ready to make the move to USA supply from overseas, here are a few considerations to keep in mind during the process:

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Tags: Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding

Mason Bottle

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on December 1, 2017

Recently, we worked with Mason Bottle to establish their manufacturing in the US, increasing efficiency and reducing cost. Because of their ingenious ideas, and thirst for sustainability and environmentally friendly products, Mason Bottles are a brand we love working with. Here’s a look at how our partnership came together:

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Tags: Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding