Why Injection Mold Maintenance Can Save You Money On Injection Mold Repair
Maintenance is vitally important to keep production of goods running at an optimal level, but unfortunately there are many manufacturers of plastic parts that don’t put care into maintaining their molds. This leads to molds only being repaired once they break down.
It is important to consider both the quality of a mold and maintenance offered by the manufacturer before buying an injection mold for your company. A supplier of quality molds will offer their customers support in both maintenance of molds and mold repair. However, when cost is concerned, it’s better to make use of services for maintaining molds to prevent having to pay for repairs.
Quality Molds Produce Quality Goods
If a mold is poorly maintained, it will eventually break down. Before breaking down entirely, however, the injection mold is likely to produce many faulty parts, which a manufacturer might not even be able use when assembling their final product if it consists of various parts.
The quality of molded parts produced by a well-maintained mold will be much higher, as every component of a mold will be functioning at maximum efficiency and the heating and cooling processes will be optimal for ensuring a part that doesn’t have weaker areas where plastic is more brittle. Temperature control during the production of molded parts plays a vital role in the production of durable parts. But while regular mold maintenance will allow more control over the production of parts, the reverse is also true and parts produced by a mold that isn’t properly maintained won’t be of the same standard.
A company that produces parts in molds that aren’t regularly maintained will be risking their reputation and so the logical conclusion is that a company wanting to produce high quality plastic goods should use high quality, well-maintained injection molds, as this will produce the best result.
The cost involved in manufacturing faulty or low quality parts will inevitably contribute to the expense of not maintaining a mold properly, especially when parts produced cannot be used and have to be discarded, but there are also other factors that should be taken into consideration.
Mold Maintenance Is Cheaper Than Mold Repair
It might seem like the regular expense of maintaining plastic molds is very costly, but using a mold till it breaks down will actually be more expensive. The cost involved in fixing a broken mold is much higher than the cost of regular mold maintenance. It’s impossible to know exactly what the cost of repairing a mold will be, but it could become extremely pricey if an expensive mold component needs to be replaced.
However, perhaps the most feared problem shouldn’t be only the cost of repairing a broken mold, but the possibility of having to replace it altogether. The meticulous work and specialized skills that go into making a reliable, high-quality mold causes plastic molds to be extremely expensive to produce. A poorly maintained mold will have to be replaced much sooner, meaning that molds will run less cycles and produce less parts that will be of a lower quality before having to be replaced.
When this is taken into consideration, it’s not hard to tell why such a production method is an extremely inefficient way of working, as it will produce parts that are more likely to have flaws at a higher cost.
More Efficient Production And Work Flow
Apart from the high cost of repairing and replacing molds, waiting for molds to break down and sending them to be repaired is also impractical for another reason. While manufacturers might be able to see when a mold isn’t in top condition by looking at the parts produced, it will be impossible to predict the exact time a mold is going to break down. This means that the production of certain parts might not be possible at times when the mold isn’t able to work, but manufacturers will be unable to tell when those times are going to be. This can be very detrimental because a mold can be out of order for quite some time depending on what needs to be repaired.
When molds are regularly maintained, however, a schedule can be set up for the maintenance of all the molds a manufacturer owns. This will allow manufacturers to adjust production and work flow accordingly and to predict the exact times molds will not be able to produce any parts.
Scheduling Mold Maintenance
There are various factors that have an influence on how regularly a mold will need maintenance. Your supplier will be able to assist you by recommending a schedule for maintaining each mold. Alternatively, you can keep records of when certain molds need to be repaired and base your maintenance schedule on how regularly each mold tends to break down.
The conditions under which a mold is used will determine how regularly it needs maintenance. If the mold is being used under high pressure and is regularly exposed to a lot of moisture, it will need to be maintained on a more regular basis.
Proper maintenance of molds requires an ongoing partnership with the supplier to insure that the production process of plastic parts functions optimally. Molds are one of the biggest assets to companies that manufacture parts. They’re extremely valuable tools and should be taken care of accordingly.
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