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
From production requests to manufacturing to shipping to distribution, plastic parts logistics are rarely straightforward, simple, or short. As a crucial link in that chain, we at Midstate Mold and Engineering have some insights on what you can do to protect your plastic parts supply chain from disaster, from dealing with delays and shortfalls to what to change if your supply chain is constantly breaking and affecting your bottom line. Read on to learn about the usual places for delays and what to do about them.[Read more…] about How to Protect Your Plastic Parts Supply Chain from Disaster
In parts manufacturing, the needs of the manufacturer and their client have three major points of overlap: the cost of the part, the quality of the part, and the availability of the part. In many situations, it seems like clients are stuck in the “pick two” scenario: good quality and cost but manufactured far away, or good cost and availability due to mass production but lower quality. Many systems in manufacturing work to remove these blocks by providing streamlined systems and logistics, one of which is the push-pull system we use at Midstate Mold.[Read more…] about What is the Push-Pull System for Part Manufacturing?
Plastic injection molding all revolves around the use of specially made injection molds – also known as tools or molding tools. Built to exacting specifications, these tools are also built to function under the punishing conditions of high temperatures and repeating cycles, producing hundreds or thousands of parts a day in as many cycles. As these molds wear down, the quality of the parts they make will degrade, causing increased costs and decreased production. Let’s dive into what proper tool maintenance and storage looks like.[Read more…] about Who Should Store and Maintain Your Injection Molding Tool?
There are many reasons why businesses might want to relocate their injection molding tool (also known as a mold) from one injection molding business to another. It might be logistical, wanting to move the tool, therefore their manufacturing, closer to their company or market. It might be economical, moving to another region or country to capitalize on another rate. It might be due to quality control issues or many other factors. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know how to handle tool relocation.[Read more…] about What Does It Take to Relocate an Injection Molding Tool?