There are many factors to consider when selecting a silicone injection molding partner and it is imperative that companies do their research to identify the right one! Price is, of course, a huge consideration, but there are many additional elements that must be considered when selecting a partner. Choosing the right silicone injection molding partner may seem like a daunting task since there are hundreds of options to choose from! Below are several tips to guide you through the selection process.

  • Proven History: companies must do their homework to better understand the background of each partner they are evaluating. For example, how long have they been in business, who were their previous clients, and have they won any awards or been recognized within the industry? You want an established partner with a proven history and repeat customers. Additionally, ensure potential partners has ample experience working with a company of your size and in your industry.
  • Range of Solutions: this may sound simple but not all injection molding partners offer the same solutions. You need to be clear on the requirements for your application and if a potential partner offers solutions that meet your needs. Keep in mind that partners with a broad range of material and equipment offerings are better positioned to provide support as your business grows over time.
  • Excellent Quality: OEMs need an experienced molding partner that is familiar with the necessary production planning needed to meet all of the necessary regulatory and quality standards. Additionally, OEMs need to ensure a molding partner is providing them with a reliable and dependable process. A supplier’s quality planning and assurance program is more than just meeting the requisite ISO and FDA requirements – it represents their proven way to ensure consistent quality silicone injection molded parts. When assessing a potential molding partner, OEMs should discuss the quality program at length and consider touring the facility to observe the conditions first hand and meet with the Quality Team.
  • Able to Meet Specifications: most OEMs have unique and specific product specifications and it is important that potential molders understand and be able to comply with those specifications. Simply put, there is an injection molding partner available that can manufacture your part without significant specification sacrifices! Partners should readily collaborate with OEMs, providing alternatives to specification challenges as well as design suggestions to save time and money. If this collaboration is not happening, you have not found the right partner!
  • Material Options: some injection molding partners specialize in the different material types, so it’s important to know what your potential supply base is capable of, and also what they specialize in. It is crucial that OEMs team up with an experienced partner, like ProMed, who offers a range of materials and will guide you through the selection process to ensure the right material is chosen to achieve the desired final product properties, such as strength, flexibility, and biocompatibility.
  • Offers Value-Added Operations: does the potential partner offer value-add services such as assembly, packaging, and other secondary operations to complete your project? These value-added operations offer significant value for OEMs such as streamlining production schedules, improving the consistency and reliability of the final product, and minimizing the number of vendors involved in the manufacturing process. All of these steps improve efficiency – saving OEMs time, resources, and money.
  • Strong Customer Service: look for any extra services and customer support that a potential silicone injection molding partner provides. For example, is it easy to contact the partner with technical support questions? You will want to discuss these topics to understand the level of customer support provided.
  • Solid Relationship: in the end, you are not simply looking for a supplier, you are looking for a trusted partner that can help your business grow! A true partner asks for input and listens to customers, offering solutions that ensure both parties are aligned and satisfied! Also, every supplier has its own unique company culture and relationships with its customers so ensure you mesh well with any potential partners. Good communication and a spirit of collaboration is needed from the start so do not ignore any red flags you note during the evaluation process – they will not go away after the partner is selected!

Additionally, OEMs need to have a direct discussion with potential vendors regarding risk tolerance. Risk and liability are a key element in most OEMs decision-making processes since the OEM is responsible for product issues and failures. This is why many OEMs, especially those in the medical industry, tend to be conservative and risk-averse. It is important for your injection molding vendor to understand – and deliver- when it comes to risk tolerance. Additionally, risk mitigation is another reason many OEMs strongly prefer to minimize the number of vendors involved in the manufacturing process, and select a partner that provides in-house design through production support, as well as secondary operations.

ProMed – Your Silicone Injection Molding Partner

ProMed was founded in 1989 to address an industry need for cleanroom manufacturing of silicone components, specifically those having a medical application. We have garnered a reputation as the world benchmark of implantable silicone components and assemblies – and are one of few companies in the world to provide contract manufacturing of drug-eluting products.

ProMed has expertise in working with the full spectrum of silicones covering a wide range of properties and characteristics. We will assist in your material selection to help ensure all design requirements are met. Our manufacturing facilities and equipment are designed for a single purpose—to mold medical and implantable silicone, combination components, and bio-material grade plastics with uncompromising quality and service. We currently have four divisions that are located within two manufacturing sites. All are certified class 10,000 / ISO Class 7 cleanrooms.

We can identify the right manufacturing solution for any project. We have extensive experience in a wide range of injection molding techniques including:

  • Automated Injection Molding
  • Multi-cavity tooling
  • Micro molds and micro molding
  • Servo-controlled de-molding capabilities
  • Insert molds, overmolds, and automation integration
  • Transfer molding
  • Compression molding

Click here to see why ProMed is your silicone injection molding partner. Contact ProMed today at 763-331-3800 to discuss your next silicone injection molding project!

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Choosing the Right Silicone Injection Molding Partner
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Choosing the Right Silicone Injection Molding Partner
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Tips to choose the right silicone injection molding partner such as proven history, range of solutions, excellent quality and strong customer service.
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