The COVID-19 virus has laid bare the vulnerabilities in parts of our businesses, from the strain of social distancing on supply and demand to the tenuous links in our supply logistics that keep stock on the shelves of manufacturers and retailers alike. In the world of injection molding and plastic parts, you may find yourself or your supply in lockdown from state orders or issues with supply or staff. In this pause, it’s time to think about using this time for tool relocation to keep your business going now and into the future.
While we’ve been planning on writing this blog for some time now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to understand precisely what goes into making medical-grade polymer parts and why we hold their manufacture to such a high standard. From industry-specific standards and traceability to the requirements that parts and the plastics that make them need to meet. Learn what you need to have when it comes to making plastic injection molding parts for the medical industry.[Read more…] about The Standards for Plastic Injection Molding in the Medical Industry
Due to COVID-19, we live in uncertain times. While we must first look after the health of ourselves, loved ones, employees, and community, it’s also vital that you look after the health of your company and the logistics that feed it. Today we’re looking at how plastic injection molding is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak and how it’s important that regardless of where you are on the supply chain to monitor your situation and those who you receive and deliver to.[Read more…] about COVID-19 and Plastic Injection Molding: Staying Safe and Productive
Every manufacturing process can introduce different defects into the final product. The goal of every manufacturer is to have the machines, process, and quality assurance in place to reduce and even remove flaws from final parts and products. Welcome to another blog on defects and how to detect and troubleshoot them. This week we look at jetting defects in plastic injection molding. Let’s go over what they are, how they are caused, and what injection molding companies do to avoid them.[Read more…] about Injection Molding Jetting Defects: Signs and Troubleshooting
When you talk to a plastic injection molding company – either for mold making or parts manufacturing – the type of plastic you’ll want to use will come up. Largely, this choice will fall on your company to meet your specific needs and avoid liability, so you must make an informed decision. One type of plastic they might suggest is thermoplastics – here at Midstate, it’s all we use. Learn why your injection molding manufacturer is using thermoplastics and what makes it a great choice.[Read more…] about Why Your Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturer Is Using Thermoplastics
We’ve all seen single-piece mass-produced plastic injection molding parts – crudely made small toys come to mind. This also extends to individual simple parts, where tolerances are wider, and it’s a game of volume over quality. But some industries and some clients need something else – not only a different kind of injection molding but also quality over quantity. Today we’ll be looking at low-volume electronic parts, a field of injection molding that requires flexibility and quality control on behalf of the manufacturer.[Read more…] about When Precision Outweighs Production: Low-Volume Electronic Parts