It’s very exciting to get ready to launch a new product. There might be years of research, trial and error, sweat, and maybe even tears. It’s likely that you have gone through several iterations of your product and finally believe you are ready to kick things into the production and manufacturing stage. Hopefully, you already have a manufacturer lined up who intimately understands your part and is able to meet the specifications and requirements you have in place. If not, you might, unfortunately, be in for more headache and maybe even some redesign. It’s vital to get early involvement from your manufacturer and mold designer in the part design process.
It’s no small thing when a company decides it is time to move a plastics molding tool. This usually signals that the company is moving in a different direction, due to any number of reasons. However, many companies are fearful of the relocation process and have even opted to incur the greater expense of building a new tool at the new facility instead of transporting their current one. While their concerns are not totally unfounded, generally with the correct process and safeguards in place a tool transfer is a perfectly viable option. However, it’s important to understand tool relocation and know the proper steps to take so you are comfortable with the process when the time arises.