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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.
- Conduct a review meeting with sales, tooling, production and quality control personnel.
- Develop project time lines and tracking for priorities and progress.
- Review resin selection, parts geometry and quality specifications.
- Log receipt of the mold, other documentation and samples.
- Evaluate the part for manufacturability.
- Photograph the mold.
- Disassemble and clean the mold.
- Detail gates, steel type, mold finish, ejection type and special features.
- Identify and record potential issues, repairs or required modifications for use on the new supplier’s injection press
- If there are areas that need repair or modification, the customer should receive a quote for approval.
- Identifying and repairing or modifying tooling avoids time wasted sampling a mold only to find out that there are issues.
- After any needed modifications or repairs are completed, the mold is ready to sample.
- Once samples are produced, the first-article inspection report (FAIR) is prepared and submitted to the customer for approval.