What Are The Best Plastic Injection Mold Components?
Plastic Injection mold components are a very important, but often overlooked part of the plastic injection mold making process. These would include things such as: ejector pins, core pins, leader pins, leader pin bushings, pillar supports, rest buttons, interlocks, and much, much more.
Why are high quality plastic injection mold components important?
Cost- it is nearly always cheaper to purchase a custom mold base and the accompanying components. Why waste your time on the “grunt” work, when the profits are in the mold making? Of course, there are certainly exceptions, but generally, it is more profitable to purchase a standard mold base and the related components.
Consistency- Since a good supplier will guarantee close tolerances, you can focus your attention on the cores and cavities, instead of more general machining. The profit is in the cores and cavities, so why spend time making something that can be purchased cheaper and made just as well, or perhaps better? Even if it costs a bit more, it still makes good business sense most of the time.
Delivery- a good supplier will deliver just what you want, on time. Plus, you don’t have to pay for the scrapped parts he made while filling your order. This is especially true if you need more than one or two pieces.
Flexibility and innovation- companies are constantly searching for new and better ways to make components and improve their applications. Think about lifters, for example: there are numerous clever ways of making lifters, each one better than the rest! Take advantage of this collective inventiveness instead of relying on what worked 20 years ago.
Good communication- using standardized plastic injection mold components is often a selling point. Some companies have “favorite” suppliers for their hot-runner system, for example. This also can make communication easier, since the features and sizes are catalogued and common.
There is very little reason anyone would make most of the injection mold components used in their plastic mold. There is simply no way that to justify making things such as ejector pins, mold base bushings and leader pins. However, there are always special cases where it is practical to custom manufacture components. Special ejector sleeves, custom core pins, custom lifters or unique slides would certainly fall under this category.
Even in special cases, it is often well worth checking to see if a custom manufacturer can quickly make your special component. This can free your skilled mold makers to focus on the core and cavity work.
It is fairly common to waste huge amounts of hours making a mold component that you later discover could be purchased from a reputable supplier. Sometimes the cost savings are quite substantial