Plastic injection molding is an extremely useful manufacturing method for producing different parts and products. It is one of the most widely used manufacturing processes in the world for mass producing plastic parts. Plastic injection molding is the process of manufacturing plastic parts and components from heating either plastic pellets or powdered plastics. The liquid is then forced into a mold to harden into the finished product. Plastic injection molding has multiple advantages that other methods of plastic molding do not have. These are the five advantages of choosing to use plastic injection molding for your next project.
The initial process takes some time to make sure everything is in order. Once the injection molds have met the final design requirements by the team and the customer, they are ready to start producing at a high rate. The complexity of the mold itself affects the speed of production.
Accurate and Detailed Features
Plastic injection molding is a strictly accurate type of manufacturing. Commonly, it is expected that accuracy will be within 0.001 inches. In addition to being very accurate, the high pressure the plastic is molded at allows for many specific details to be included in the part. Plastic injection molding uses more pressure to create the part than other types of molding. Due to the high pressure, intricate designs can be created that are not available otherwise.
Low Labor Costs
One benefit that makes plastic injection molding appealing is its cost effectiveness and efficiency. The ability to produce at a high level with a high output rate makes this type of manufacturing budget friendly. Remember, the equipment used for injection molding typically runs with a self-regulating automated tool which allows for little supervision.
While the speed, accuracy, and cost efficiency of plastic injection molding are huge benefits, the flexibility of the method is remarkably important to customers. As long as good communication remains between the manufacturer and the company designing the part, there is flexibility to alter part design, especially at the beginning of the process.
Essentially, there is little to no waste that is produced. At Midstate, when there is leftover material we generally recycle the material, or use any plastic scraps left from molding. Some of these items can be melted down and reground for possible future use.
Plastic injection molding has become widely popular for good reason. It is accurate, detailed fast, cost-efficient, flexible, and leaves little waste.
As you can see, plastic injection molding is one of the best alternatives for producing plastic parts. If you want to learn more, we can tell you some of the other benefits not covered here. At Midstate Molding & Engineering, our team of experienced industry professionals have over 180 years of experience in mold making. We are experts in plastic injection molding. Please feel free to contact us to learn how we can help or what questions we can answer for you.