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How to Source a Professional Mold Builder

What qualities are you evaluating when searching for a mold making company?  How do you qualify a mold builder as a preferred vendor?  You probably have a thorough, detailed and organized method of granting vendor approval, including a Quality audit.  As part of your formal process, some critical standards stand out as critically important over others, those would be:

  • Engineering Capabilities including modern and updated design software such as UniGraphics or Solidworks with 2D print and file sharing options
  • Quality of overall work performed including product quality of steel and components used in addition to high machining quality with modern and automated equipment, checked for accuracy
  • Delivery Performance – on time delivery ratio including capacity limits and premium delivery options

Engineering Capabilities

Not all mold making companies have kept up with the times and invested in the modern technology available to mold makers today.  With computer driven milling centers and workhorse EDM machines humming all day, the modern mold making shop must be well versed in the computer driven equipment.    Equipment today can hold several programs, constantly checking for accuracy while doing the work it is programmed to do.  Creating these programs takes skill and knowledge of the mold making process from an experienced mold design engineer.  

Quality of Overall Work Performed

Sourcing a mold making company that is registered to ISO9001 standards gives you added assurances that the quality of product and service will be to your specification.   ISO9001:2015 standards require measuring performance and implementing continual improvement projects, with quick response time to meet the overall goal – total customer satisfaction.  

Delivery Performance

As part of internal audits with an ISO registered company, delivery performance should have a positive ratio with an explanation for any late deliveries.  Mold making shops that use modern technology and perform advanced quality planning procedures delivery quality tools on time, with critical areas planned ahead.    

Top notch mold making shops like Michiana Global Mold provide all of these services, in addition to sampling and checking parts for accuracy prior to delivery.

Michiana Global Mold can assist you with your demanding supply chain requirements with modern engineering capabilities, registration to ISO9001:2015 providing on-time delivery of quality product.   Contact us today for a FREE design consultation and to learn more about our multi-tool discount program.

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Injection Mold Makers for Precision Parts Manufacturing

Injection molding companies that manufacture precision parts are often in need of a precision injection mold making company to add to their preferred vendor list.  Many quality and purchasing engineers in various industries are searching for a custom mold making company with high precision capabilities to manufacture critical components.

Some industries that require vendors with precision capabilities to produce to high performing parts and components are:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Military / Ordnance
  • Medical / Pharmaceutical
  • Consumer Electronics

Suppliers to OEMs in these industries must meet stringent requirements, as all suppliers play a vital role in the quality of the end product.   An injection molder must be working with a quality tool that is designed and manufactured to produce a perfect part to the customer specification.  When working with a quality tool, and the specified material, an experienced molder will produce precision parts to specification.   

In addition to the molding parameters such as the size of press, and the material used, the mold design has vital impact on the quality of the parts produced in the manufacturing process.  

Mold Design for Precision Parts Manufacturing

Producing precision parts consistently to customer specifications requires a flawless mold.  The mold design will be based on the part design, usually provided by the customer.  In some cases, an experienced mold designer can assist with reverse engineering for new product design.  

Experienced mold design engineers will use computer aided design (CAD) software to assist with an injection mold design, providing detailed prints that can be shared with the injection molder for collaboration on critical areas.  When necessary, mold flow analysis can show the mold maker, and the injection molder a detailed computer simulation of how the material will melt, flow and fill.

Precision parts molders need a precision mold maker in their vendor list, a mold maker like Michiana Global Mold that offer value added services with custom injection molds within specification, and delivered on time.  For full service mold making and tooling services from an experienced, professional and high performing mold making company, contact Michiana Global Mold.  

Michiana Global Mold is a leading mold making company supplying injection molds to OEMs worldwide for critical precision parts manufacturing.  Contact us today for a FREE design consultation and to learn about our multi-tool discount program.

Innovative Mold Making Company Leads Industry

Staying competitive in the injection mold making industry today takes innovation, along with knowledge, resources and experience.   Meeting customer expectations requires using all available assets with the latest technology, combined with innovative thinking.   

Michiana Global Mold is a leading injection mold manufacturer, meeting the tight tolerances of demanding customer applications since 1952!  We employ a highly skilled staff of journeyman mold makers and experienced mold design engineers to design and construct high precision, custom injection molds for a variety of industries including the demanding Automotive Industry.

We are accustomed to meeting tight tolerances within +/- .001”, excelling with precision tolerances that other mold makers shy away from.  Recently featured on the “World’s Greatest” television show, our innovative technology and vast experience with manufacturing complex tools set us apart from other mold makers.   

Michiana Global Mold is conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest, with an offshore location in China.  Both facilities are registered to ISO9001, following the same strict quality policy overseas as our domestic location.  Customer satisfaction is our main goal with continual improvement projects routinely practiced.  

We have experience with complicated designs including intricate ejection systems with lifters, specialized CAM action, and tooling constructed unique to your molding environment including custom mounting systems on your presses.

Michiana Global Mold has over 65 years of experience satisfying the stringent requirements of demanding industries.   If you are looking for an injection mold making company to be a valuable addition to your supply chain, contact Michiana Global Mold.   Let us show you how we can assist with your procured mold making costs. Established in 1964, we have the resources, the knowledge and experience to provide the best value with high quality and high-performance tooling, at the lowest available cost to you.  

Michiana Global Mold is one of the leading injection mold makers in the industry, providing complex precision tooling within your specifications, and on time.  Contact us today to speak for a FREE design consultation.  

A Mold Maker’s dilemma: EDM or Mill?

Quick response and flexibility are required of tool and die makers today.  Mold makers must continually strive to reduce production time while still ensuring a high level of quality, and all while providing cost reductions.  With tight margins and high demand for quick turn-around, tool and die makers may be searching for the best manufacturing method to remain competitive.  

 

Using an EDM machine (electrical discharge machine) along with a high-speed milling machine may provide assistance with on-time delivery.   Certain manufacturing needs in a tool and die shop may require differing manufacturing methods.  The design engineer should be aware of all available manufacturing technologies.  

 

Mold Manufacturing Products Require Differing Technologies

 

Injection molds and diecast molds, forging dies, and deep drawing dies are the three main products of tool and die making.  Deep drawing dies mean that the metal blank is drawn into a forming die with a punch.  The drawing is considered to be deep drawing when the depth of the drawn part is greater than the part diameter.   They all possess their own constraints regarding applicable technologies for mold production.

 

Deep drawing dies have flat structures and materials that are best manufactured with milling.  When producing forging dies, EDM is widely used due to the strength of materials used in production.   Complete machining with milling is possible, however, with low depth and large concave radii.   

 

Milling diecast and injection molds is challenging due to ribs or webs, and small radii.  Developing the combination of EDM and milling is necessary for economical mold production meeting tight tolerances.  Utilizing the benefits of all production methods gives designers and mold manufactures options in mold manufacturing.  

 

Other considerations in deciding between EDM or HSM are high speed milling, the geometric constraints, and surface quality or subsurface damage of a tool.   Of the utmost importance is the effect on the surface from either EDM or HSM, as related to the part specifications.  Some parts may require a surface conducive to adhesion from certain coatings or lacquers, and the finish of the tool plays an important role in the surface finish of the molded part.  

 

Employing skilled design engineers and journeyman mold makers, we have the experience to utilize the latest technology with a full line up of modern EDM and high-speed milling centers.  This gives the most benefit to our customers in providing the most efficient, and cost effect mold manufacturing, with high quality tools and on time delivery.

 

Michiana Global Mold is an experienced mold designer and manufacturer, supplying high performing precision injection molds since 1952.  We are an ISO registered mold shop, adhering all processes to our strict quality policy, ensuring total customer satisfaction.  

 

Michiana Global Mold is experienced in all aspects of tool and die making, including injection molds and brass forging dies. Contact us today for a free design consultation, and learn how to save up to 40% on your next injection mold requirements.  

 

Industry Leading Innovative Mold Makers

It takes an in-depth knowledge of the mold making industry, along with experience and resources to provide top quality high performing injection molds that meet demanding customer expectations.  Michiana Global Mold excels at manufacturing complex, precision tooling required of demanding industries such as the Automotive industry.  We have the knowledge, the experience and the expertise in constructing high quality injection molds meeting tight tolerances within +/- .001”.

Michiana Global Mold is one of the leading injection mold makers in the industry, employing a highly skilled staff of journeyman mold makers and top mold designers with vast experience constructing high performing complex tooling.  We excel at the precision components that other mold makers might shy away from, leading the industry with high-tech mold making equipment combined with vast experience and knowledge.  Recently featured on the “World’s Greatest” television show for our innovative mold making services, we are a valued supplier to the Automotive industry, meeting and exceeding our customer requirements.  

With locations in the Midwest, USA, and an offshore molding facility in China, we can offer high quality tooling at the best available cost to you.  Both of our locations are registered to ISO9001, adhering to our strict quality policy while performing continual improvement activities.  Total customer satisfaction is our number one goal.  

When you are searching for a new supplier for your injection molded needs, let Michiana Global Mold show you how we can assist with your procured mold making costs.  We more than 50 years of experience satisfying the stringent requirements of demanding industries with even the most challenging of injection mold designs.  

We are experienced with specialized CAM action, complicated ejector system and lifters, and will accommodate tooling to your molding environment and custom mounting systems for your presses.   Established in 1964, we have the expertise, the knowledge and resources to provide the best value with high quality and high performance tooling, at the lowest available cost to you.  

Contact Michiana Global Mold today to speak with one of our expert design engineers about a FREE design consultation, discounts and rebates on multi-tool projects.  We are one of the leading injection mold makers in the industry, providing complex precision tooling within your specifications, and on time.    

Partner with an Experienced Injection Mold Maker

 

Injection mold making is a very critical, precision process that requires not only knowledge and resources, but also experience.  Experienced journeyman mold makers make all the difference in the world when it comes to creating a quality crafted injection mold versus a sloppy tool that barely makes the mark.   Having experience with building precision tools for a multitude of applications gives invaluable skill that cannot be learned anywhere else.  An experienced journeyman mold maker is a valuable component of the injection mold making process.

Experienced Journeyman Mold Makers at Michiana Global Mold

At Michiana Global Mold we employ a highly skilled design and engineering staff and master journeyman mold makers with in-depth knowledge and vast experience in designing and constructing precision, complex tooling.  We partner with you from the very beginning, coordinating on every aspect of your project with clear, transparent communication.  

Our experienced team draws on traditional methods, combined with our cutting-edge technology, to provide the best solution for your precision injection mold requirements.  Our large capacity facility in Indiana is equipped with conventional EDMs and wire EDMs, CAD/CAM engineering equipment, CNC milling centers, grinders, drills and saws.  

One of our knowledgeable staff can assist you in determining the best type of tool for your project, with the most cost-efficient method while not compromising precision quality.  Michiana Global Mold specializes in manufacturing tight tolerance, complex, precision tooling.  We have the experience and the resources to provide the perfect tool for your project, on time and within specification.  

Michiana Global Mold provides custom injection mold making for any required tooling operation.  We are experienced at manufacturing hot and cold runner molds, hot to cold molds, insert molds, shuttle molds and prototypes.  Our production molds are built with experienced craftsmanship, and only the best in quality components.  

Michiana Global Mold has been in business since 1964, serving the injection mold making industry for over 50 years!  We are an ISO9001:2015 Registered mold making facility with domestic and off-shore molding capacity.  We have the experience and the resources to provide quality molds for any molding application, and the resources to handle multi-tool packages within specification, and on time.  

How to Find a Qualified Mold Builder

 

Experience

There are at least three very important factors when looking for a qualified mold builder:  Experience, Technology, and Resources.  Experience is crucial when designing and building complicated, precision injection molds.  An experienced mold designer and mold builder will have encountered many situations that enhance even the most skilled and experienced mold designer.   As in any other situation, one continues to draw form their experiences.   Even with technology and resources, nothing can provide you with the knowledge and ability to recognize solutions like experience.  

At Michiana Global Mold, we have been supplying the automotive industry with precision complex tool designs and injection molds for over 52 years!  We have a combined experience of over 600 years with our skilled designing engineers and journeyman mold makers.

Technology

Technology is a very important factor in any design, construction or manufacturing operation and is no different for injection mold making.  Gone are the days where the journeyman mold maker will carve out the steel cavities by hand, meeting tight tolerances within a thousandth of an inch, (the width of a human hair)!  Journeyman mold makers possess a great mathematical mind that is necessary to build precision tools, but the technology is ever changing, aiding and assisting with complex tool designs.

Michiana Global Mold has an impressive line-up of technologically advanced machinery and equipment, including several EDM and CNC machines, Milling Centers, Wire EDM, Saw, Drilling equipment, Grinders, and many more new and impressive machines giving us the capability meet your tight deadlines with precision tools delivered in spec, and on time.

Resources

Having enough manpower and equipment is necessary to meet tight deadlines on multi-tool projects.  A large capacity tool shop with various milling centers and technologically advanced software programs is vital to timely injection mold construction.  Global resources are also important in the mold making industry, as many OEM’s and manufacturers want the cost effectiveness of offshore molds.  It can be tricky to find a mold builder with offshore resources, that can still manage your project with clear communication in a timely manner.

Michiana Global Mold has a large capacity tool shop in the heart of the mid-west in the United States, and has a partnership with Modular Mold in China, offering our customers the best of both situations.  If you need globally sourced injection molds, Michiana Global Mold has the solution for you, providing offshore molds with domestic pricing.  Our US location is also fully staffed with expert design engineers, and journeyman mold makers, giving you decades of experience.  This experience, combined with our technologically advanced equipment and vast resources allows us to provide the most cost effective solution to your mold building requirements.

Contact Michiana Global Mold today to learn how we can assist you with your ever changing, and demanding supply chain requirements.  We have the experience, technology, and the resources to give you the best mold building solution available, whether from our domestic or offshore location.