Everyone witnessed the Ever Given causing a six-day traffic jam in the Suez Canal this March. Even with the cargo ship dislodged, it’s creating a nightmare of logistical issues for manufacturers. While the holdup didn’t affect Midstate Mold, it has further revealed how delicate supply chains are that utilize international transport, such as resin shipments or tool relocation. Given the fragility of logistics underlined by the Ever Given, let’s look at how to shorten supply lines in plastic injection molding to avoid undue production and distribution delays.[Read more…] about Ever Given Underlines Fragility of Logistics in Plastic Injection Molding
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.
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?
When a company decides it’s time to move to a plastic injection molder, it’s no small task. Companies that need to undergo tool relocation or mold transfers are often wary of this process for a few reasons. Some companies try to avoid the whole situation completely and even opt to incur the greater expense of building a new tool at the same facility instead of transporting it to a new one. With the right process and safeguards in place, a tool transfer is a perfectly viable option. [Read more…] about 5 Steps for Easy Tool Relocation of Molded Parts
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.