REDUCING THE COST OF INJECTION MOULDING
As leading UK plastic injection moulders, we devote considerable time and resources to help customers engineer cost out of each injection moulding project, while maintaining – and improving – lead-times and levels of quality for every moulded part.
An important aspect of this process is our focus on design for injection moulding.
Design for injection moulding
As plastic injection moulders, we work closely with you to identify ways of reducing costs. For example, it is often possible to modify the design or construction of the injection mould tool or to consider modifications to the injection moulded part, to make it simpler to injection mould without affecting its overall design, functionality or performance.
It may be also possible to reduce cost by using different materials of manufacture. There are many different materials that are suitable for injection moulding, often sharing similar characteristics, so substitution of a relatively expensive plastic with a cheaper option is always a possibility.
The most common materials include:
- Polycarbonate – PC
- Polypropylene – PP
- High Density
- Polyethylene – HDPE
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – ABS
- Polyamide – Nylon
- Blends of ABS and PC
Our design and application support team has considerable experience in selecting the best materials for injection moulding. Please contact them if you would like to learn more about the best choice of material for your injection moulded parts.
Investment in plastic injection mould technologies
To reduce the cost of injection moulded parts still further, while improving productivity, cycle and lead times, we have invested heavily in the latest injection moulding systems.
These include high quality injection moulding machines from leading manufacturers such as Krauss Maffei and Arburg, with triple-shot and over-moulding options.
We also have extensive robotics and automation systems, with 6-axis Fanuc and 3-axis Cartesian robots integrated with our injection moulding lines. These incorporate automated in-process assembly, inspection and packing units.
As part of our ongoing investment programme we have recently installed a Matsuura hybrid metal additive manufacturing system, for the rapid production of injection mould tool inserts. This innovative 3D printing technology enables us to design-in conformal cooling channels and gas venting. These features can plan an important role in reducing cost, while increasing productivity and the quality of injection moulded parts.
By automating many of our production, assembly and finishing processes we are able to ensure consistent levels of quality, eliminate the potential for variability and boost productivity, all of which feed through into highly competitive pricing.