When deciding to switch your plastic injection moulder, it’s not always down to quality or delivery issues. Various factors, such as industry shifts, a factory closing or changes in workload capacity, can influence this decision. In this article, we explore what you need to consider when switching injection moulders.

Key Considerations When Choosing a New Moulder

Choosing the right manufacturer for your business is crucial. By making a careful choice, you can ensure a positive relationship that aligns with your business goals.

Communication and Understanding

Clear communication is key, from the initial meeting right through to production. It’s not just about finding someone who can produce the volume you need but also ensuring they understand your business and product requirements. A manufacturer who understands your industry can also offer valuable insights and suggestions along with their years of moulding experience. 

Range of Services

When choosing a plastic injection moulder, see if they offer extra services like assembly or 3D printing. Assembly services, such as simple consolidating to ultrasonic welding  can streamline the production process, saving you time and money. 3D printing is useful for future projects or component modification prototyping, as well as design validation before full-scale production. 

Industry Experience

Choose a moulder with experience in handling challenges similar to your project. This is especially important for projects with unique requirements and tight tolerances. An experienced moulder, like us, brings valuable knowledge and problem-solving skills, reducing the risk of delays or quality issues. Also check their portfolio for examples of similar projects, and who they’ve worked with before. 

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is essential for creating products that meet specific standards, especially in the competitive plastics industry where there are a lot of products on the market. This involves implementing rigorous checks and controls throughout the manufacturing process to identify and rectify any defects or deviations. At Bowles and Walker our team always ensures high-quality parts production. We are certified to ISO9001:2015 and can tailor our quality procedures to match your company’s preferred methodology. This includes, production of certificates of conformity, calibration and enhanced quality checking.

Geographical Considerations

It’s important to consider how the manufacturer’s location impacts shipping costs and overall project expenses. Is the location convenient in relation to your business? Despite the digital age we live in, on-site visits remain crucial. When working with a new manufacturer it’s worth visiting them to familiarise yourself with their set-up and establish a connection with the team responsible for your project.

Choose Bowles and Walker As Your Moulder

Switching to a new moulder isn’t just changing suppliers; it’s an investment in the future success and sustainability of your manufacturing operations. It can open up doors to new ways of doing things, give you a chance to address any ongoing issues and explore additional services that could help cut down on time and cost. 

If you’re considering switching your plastic injection moulder, we can help you through this transition and maximise your production capabilities. Call us on 01953885294 or email info@bowles-walker.com to find out more about our moulding services.