Injection Molding Frequently Asked Question
1. Is injection molding right for your part requirements?
molding insures consistency. Parts can be molded from a wide variety of
materials onto complex shapes with tight tolerances at high rates of
production. Part usage typically determines resin choices. Part geometry
affects the cost of tooling. The number of parts needed over the life
of the project impacts molding and tooling cost.
2. What size parts can you make?
We operate 42 presses ranging from 30 tons of clamping force to 1500
tons. Shot sizes range from 0.9 ounce to 265 ounce. Typical injection
molding clamping force ranges from 1-1/2 to 5 tons per square inch
(depending on part thickness and resin selection) so a 1500-ton press
can produce parts with a surface area of approximately up to 1000 square
3. What kind of resins do you mold?
molds parts from a variety of commodity resins and engineering grade
resins, including Xenoy, Nylon, Ultem, PEEK, Polystyrene, Polyethylene
and both long and short fiber glass-filled blends. Resin is typically
determined by the application. Our project engineers can offer some
guidance but the customer has final approval on resin selections.
4. How do you insure quality?
United Mould is a world class scientific molder. All injection molding
presses are equipped with process monitoring of every shot. China United
Mould Limited is ISO9001:2008 certified - in fact we were one of the
first injection molders in the United States to achieve ISO
5. Do you design and build injection tools?
United Mould provides extensive engineering assistance during the
design phase and complete project management for new tool builds. We
offer mold flow simulation and analysis to assure that your mold
produces the parts you designed.
6. How much does a mold cost?
Molds can vary from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of
dollars. Part complexity and number of cavities are the biggest cost
factors. The number of cooling lines or special metal components may
increase tool cost but help speed part production and minimize heat
distortion. Complex geometry may require additional tool actions to
allow parts to be ejected from the mold.
7. What is the price difference between domestic and offshore tooling?
United Mould offers both domestic and off-shore tooling options. Costs
vary but off-shore tooling can often shave upwards of 40% off the cost
of a mold. Domestic tooling typically offers much shorter lead times.
8. Who owns the injection tool?
You do. The mold is designed specifically for your parts. The customer
is free to take that mold anywhere once contractual obligations are
9. How many shots will you guarantee from my mold?
China United Mould Limited builds tools to accommodate the expected
number of parts over the life of the project. Domestically produced
tools can be built to a one million shot life if warranted. Some
Plastech-built molds have produced several million shots with minor
rebuilds over the life of the tool.
10. How do you protect my mold?
Each tool is put on a preventative maintenance program. Detailed
records of shots, preventative maintenance, and mold modifications are
kept on each tool in our possession. Experienced mold makers are
available 7 days a week for tool care and maintenance.
11. Can my mold be modified if I change my part designs?
United Mould offers internal tooling capabilities for mold maintenance
and minor modifications, within limitations of the original tool design.
We work with a network of high-quality tool shops on major mold
12. Can you mold around inserts or metal components?
China United Mould Limited was a pioneer in over-molding of fabrics,
metal, plastic components and filter media. We use robotics on all our
injection presses to insure that metal inserts or other components are
precisely nested in the mold before molten plastic is injected.
13. Can you assemble my parts or provide custom decorating and packaging?
China United Mould Limited offers a broad selection of customized
in-plant assembly, finishing and packaging services. Whether press-side
or through our specialized Assembly Department, United Mould can provide
the Decorating, Bonding, Testing and Assembly services that simplify
your sourcing decisions.
14. What kind of LEAN principles have you adopted?
Continuous improvement has long been part of our core philosophy. China
United Mould Limited practices 5S, in our work cells, We have
standardized work with mold setup books, picture packs and work
instructions. We serve on the Lean Council of a major customer.
15. What information do you need to quote my project?
Part prints or CAD files are the first step. Part samples or prototypes
(if available) are always helpful. Specifics include resin, annual part
quantity, budgetary estimates for tooling and parts, along with any
requirements for prototypes, APQP, FEMA or PPAP.
16. Why should I entrust my project to China United Mould Limited?
United Mould is there for the long haul. United Mould is a financial
stable partner that has been under continuous family ownership for 55
years. A proven low PPM rate, a zero tolerance defect goal, and an ISO
approved quality system would be enough for some companies. We operate
24/7 to insure a reliable stream of finished components . . . striving
for perfect parts, on time, every time!