With the New Year it’s an ideal time to expand or diversify your product offerings and to consider your silicone manufacturing options.
You may be looking to offer silicone products to be used in medical settings, in the home, or for a variety of business needs across industries (such as infant care or pet products). No matter which silicone products you are planning on launching in 2019, it is important that you find a manufacturer that meets your needs.
Here’s how to find the right silicone injection molder in 2019:
Finding a Manufacturer
If you’re considering creating new silicone products or are looking to re-shore your manufacturing process, there are a few key points that you should consider when looking for a manufacturer in 2019. First and foremost, you should evaluate your needs and vision. Most long-term manufacturing partnerships flourish when there are shared values that both your company and your manufacturer hold.
Once you have these values in mind, determine your timeline and understand the volumes you seek. You want to find a manufacturing partner who can be with you from ideation to production, so the more details you have about your product the better.
Getting Started with a Manufacturer
One of the most important things you can do when choosing a manufacturer is to create Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) files. CAD files are two- or three-dimensional depictions of your product stored as digital files. They specify sizing and shape of your product and function to give the manufacturer a more accurate idea of what it will take on their end to product your silicone product using injection molding. CADs also allow the manufacturer to collaborate with you on the final design of your mold and gain a deeper appreciation of the final product. CAD files are often one of the initial requirements that manufacturers have during the consultation phase, so if you’re looking to find a manufacturer, make sure your CAD files are ready to go to begin the process smoothly.
What Makes a Good Manufacturer
When looking for a good silicone product manufacturer you should also consider:
Location: Looking for manufacturers that are based in the USA means finding molders who are more likely to get to know your company on a personal level and be interested in spending time with you in a partnership. Because silicone production is a fast-paced process that comes with a host of challenges and potential road blocks, it is important to have a manufacturer that you trust and can get in touch with quickly regarding changes and additional needs. Silicone products made in the USA are high-quality, and that starts with a high quality relationship.
Speed: A good manufacturer will meet and exceed your deadlines when it comes to production. Turn-around time from production to shipping tends to be quicker for products produced in the USA, and can lead to reduced overall costs.
Expertise: Find a manufacturer who employs skilled workers who have years experience in the highly complex environment of silicone injection molding. High quality, experienced, staff can produce high quality silicone products and have the ability to advise on your product design, material selection, and other processes. Remember, ideally your manufacturer is a partners with you throughout the entire production process rather than just a vendor. They should be willing and able to provide advice when you need it.
No matter which silicone products you are going to have manufactured in 2019, the products will only be as good as the manufacturer that they come from. Consider your company’s manufacturing and production needs, generate your CAD files, and look for high quality silicone injection molding manufactures in the United States that can assist you best.
At Extreme Molding our experts will advise on every step of the silicone injection molding process. Once you bring us your CAD drawing files, we’ll be able to offer advice on design and material selection as well as secondary processes you might require.