When it comes to the data-driven approach for optimizing the production of plastic injection molded parts, scientific injection molding practices are used for the same. But such practice can only be effective when it is backed by robust procedures and strategies for analyzing and using data collected throughout the entire molding process. This article provides a closer look at the benefits of data-driven injection molding practice.
What is scientific/ data-driven injection molding?
Best practices and data are used by scientific injection molding (SIM) to drive part design optimization, tool design, and the development of the manufacturing process so that a part can be produced. The main goal of SIM is to move injection molding away from an art founded in ‘tribal knowledge’ to a data-driven and scientifically rigorous procedure. The focus is on polymer behavior instead of machine behavior when practicing SIM so that a robust repeatable process can be created which further reduces set-up times, and scrap, and improves part quality and consistency.
Benefits of scientific/ data-driven injection molding
The below-mentioned are top benefits of working with an injection molder who puts scientific molding practices into place:
- Data-driven approach:
Scientific molding practices use data for developing a process that produces repeatable results with little or no variation. It is through resin expertise and testing that the dimensional or mechanical characteristics of the molded parts are optimized. Now that the manufacturing process is established with a data-driven approach, customers will have increased production volumes, and orders are finished much faster.
- Optimized part Design and Tool
The last thing one wants to start the molding process, only to realize that a particular design is not working in production. It is the scientific molding practice that helps the manufacturers to understand how a part is designed, tools are built, and the molding process is started without any production issues. The design engineers can consider the best design options by optimizing the part design for unique applications which further ensures smooth production. Optimization of tool designs allows the injection molds to reliably produce conforming and quality products.
- Production and quality control:
Using a scientific approach, SIM focuses on collecting data so that starting points and a strong process can be established that is responsible for validating a part’s end-use and satisfying customers. Once the quality control and parameters have been met, scientific molding practices can be implemented which helps in streamlining the entire production process. These actions can be so effective that there will be no or little involvement of both machines and operators. In fact, revolutionary light-out manufacturing practices are being used by injection molders where innovative and automated machinery is used to conduct tasks.
The data-driven scientific injection molding allows optimization of injection molding production processes in such a way that manufacturers can rely on technology that further creates an even greater global competitive advantage. It is basically a disciplined approach to determining and controlling the parameters of the plastic injection molding process so that qualitative molded parts can be produced at economical costs.