Crescent Wire EDM

Posted by Kevin Allison on Apr 14, 2018

VIDEO: A look inside Crescent tooling facility showcasing our wire edm capabilities. This is one of many machines used to fabricate injection molds used in our production facility.

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Topics: Tool Transfers, injection mold building, Video

How to Prepare for Your Injection Molding Tool Transfer

Posted by Rena Ivory on Aug 16, 2017

How to begin transferring your injection mold tooling can be difficult.  The goal is to accomplish a seamless tool transfer with minimal or uninterrupted production. The only way to accomplish this is by following a well-executed, thoroughly documented procedure. Documentation is critical, because using proven procedures is what makes it possible to have uninterrupted production. 

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Topics: Tool Transfers

Tips for Transferring Your Injection Molded Tooling for Manufacturing

Posted by Rena Ivory on Nov 09, 2016

Transferring your molds to another vendor to run production can be a daunting task.  This can be a complicated, sometimes scary decision that can be inherently permeated with stress due to the numerous items and processes to be considered.  

Any potential injection molder needs to prove its financial stability as a company before being chosen as the successor in obtaining your tools and running production.  Also - be absolutely certain your chosen injection molder has a documented tool transfer procedure.  

Tool transfer procedures need to include every step the new vendor will take to ensure the smoothest tool transfer - one that genuinely limits any loss of production.  

How To Safely Support Tool Transfer of Injection Molding Tooling

It's the responsibility of your new injection molder to establish your tool transfer team. This team needs to consist of and be prepared by;

  • Representatives from all appropriate departments 
  • All personnel from engineering through production who need to be notified of your tooling project to learn what is expected before the tool arrives at their facility 

Any pertinent information about the tools will be given to the new vendor for proper evaluation and inspection of the tools.  This information includes:

  • Drawings 
  • Mold specifications
  • Part information 
  • Production information 
  • Quality information and any required value added information or auxiliary equipment 

Always discuss project time lines, expectations and frequency of project updates with your injection molder early in the tool transfer process so you remain in the loop at all times.

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Topics: Tool Transfers

The Value of a Documented Tool Transfer Procedure for Injection Molding

Posted by Rena Ivory on Jul 06, 2015

When it comes to tool transfer for injection molding production relocation - following a well-executed documentation procedure is critical. This is what makes it possible to have uninterrupted production.

Considerations for Transfer of Injection Molds from Vendor to Vendor

Avoid the inherent stress of the tool transfer by making sure you consider every angle that might be affected by the process. Some of these considerations include:

  • Choosing a financially stable company
  • Verifying the company has a documented tool transfer process
  • Verification that no steps of the process are missed
  • All pertinent tool information transfers should be verified

Make sure you discuss details such as project time lines, expectations and frequency of project updates with your injection molder as early as possible in the tool transfer process.

Documented Tool Transfer Procedures

A tool transfer team should be in place from the very beginning of the evaluation process. The strongest teams consist of a representative from each of the most pertinent departments.

Engineering through production departments need to be appraised of the documented details of the tooling project process so they can understand what to expect when the tools arrive at their facility.

Forming effective partnerships is also essential. Items that need to be provided to your injection molder for the evaluation and start of the project are as follows:

  • Drawings
  • Mold specifications
  • Part information
  • Production details
  • Any other value-adding information or auxiliary equipment
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Topics: Tool Transfers

Why a Documented Tool Transfer Procedure is Important

Posted by Rena Ivory on Nov 19, 2014

Its big news when you decide to transfer your injection molds to another vendor for production. There are several reasons why a company may want to transfer injection molds from one location to another. Your new injection molder should provide a seamless plan for mold transfer with minimal or uninterrupted production.

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Topics: Tool Transfers

What is Reshoring and Why is it Important?

Posted by Rena Ivory on Aug 01, 2012

Remember all those manufacturing and injection molding jobs we used to have in the United States, and then companies started moving to other countries to take advantage of cheaper labor? That is called “offshoring”. It is a practice that arguably killed the whole “Made in America” ideal and dealt a heavy blow to our economy. But before we get our blue collars in a twist, I have some good news; it goes by the name of “reshore”, that’s right, the return of manufacturing to our shores.

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Topics: Tool Transfers