Every mold transfer is a challenge. Transferring tools from one plastic injection molding company to a new supplier, with uninterrupted production, requires up-front planning and effective communication for a successful outcome. This white paper provides steps to take when transferring tools.

How a supplier performs a successful tool transfer for plastic injection molding.

  1. Conduct a review meeting with sales, tooling, production and quality control personnel.

    Tool Transfer White Paper

  2. Develop project time lines and tracking for priorities and progress.

  3. Review resin selection, parts geometry and quality specifications.

  4. Log receipt of the mold, other documentation and samples.

  5. Evaluate the part for manufacturability.

  6. Photograph the mold.

  7. Disassemble and clean the mold.

  8. Detail gates, steel type, mold finish, ejection type and special features.

  9. Identify and record potential issues, repairs or required modifications for use on the new supplier’s injection press

  10. If there are areas that need repair or modification, the customer should receive a quote for approval.

  11. Identifying and repairing or modifying tooling avoids time wasted sampling a mold only to find out that there are issues.

  12. After any needed modifications or repairs are completed, the mold is ready to sample.

  13. Once samples are produced, the first-article inspection report (FAIR) is prepared and submitted to the customer for approval.