WHAT IS HIGH-VOLUME MANUFACTURING?
High-volume manufacturing is exactly what the name implies — producing large numbers of an identical part or product in one run.
While the term can refer to any manufacturing process, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding is one of the most common methods of high-volume production. LSR is a durable and flexible material with excellent temperature resistance. As a result, it is an ideal choice for a wide range of processes:
- Single-shot injection molding: Injection molding involves injecting heated LSR into a mold along with a curing agent that causes it to harden. It is a fast way to mass-produce simple parts with a high level of accuracy.
- 2-Shot injection molding: 2-shot injection molding, or multishot injection molding, is another type of injection molding that involves the use of two or more thermoplastics at once, fusing them together in the finished component. This allows for more complex manufacturing with fewer additional assembly operations.
- Overmolding: Overmolding involves molding an LSR component onto a metal or plastic part. Like 2-shot molding, it allows manufacturers to produce more complex parts on a mass scale.
Injection molding is a versatile, flexible process suitable for a wide range of industries and applications. Below, we’ll look at a few reasons why high-volume injection molding manufacturing might be a good choice for you.
HIGH-VOLUME INJECTION MOLDING PRODUCES ITEMS FASTER
High-volume manufacturing is the fastest way to turn around a large order of parts or products. This means you get your product to market faster, allowing your organization to stay on the leading edge of innovation. In a competitive economy where manufacturers are continually introducing new items, the time you’ll save with high-volume manufacturing can set your organization up for success.
HIGH-VOLUME INJECTION MOLDING REDUCES YOUR OVERALL COSTS
Another benefit of high-volume production is that it is an economy of scale. Although there are expenses related to the initial tooling and prototyping stages, the low cost per unit easily offsets them in a large production run. LSR molding parts exhibit a high degree of uniformity, too, which means fewer rejections due to quality concerns.
If you’re wondering whether or not LSR injection molding is the right choice for your project, let the SIMTEC Silicone Parts team prepare a detailed cost-benefit analysis.
WORKING WITH SIMTEC
SIMTEC is a longstanding expert in high-volume production of LSR parts for automotive, medical and other industries. We regularly support Fortune 100 and other major businesses with their manufacturing needs. Based in South Florida, we are ideally situated to fulfill orders for clients across the country and internationally. Browse our website to learn more about our expertise or contact our office directly to request a quote.