Injection molding is a manufacturing process that produces plastic injection molds from both thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Over the past several decades the method has proven to be the most cost-effective and best way for mass production of high-quality products with complicated shapes and is ideally suited for the production of medical devices.
Precision-machined injection molds constructed of metal alloys are ideal for producing high volumes of plastic parts. Injection molding offers high tolerances, mass duplication, material selection, low labor costs, minimal scrap losses, and finished parts with little or no assembly.
Nevertheless, there are many considerations and a more than a few questions that companies and inventors alike should ponder and ask in selecting an OEM for your medical device. Here are 5 to consider:
Is my medical device part moldable?
In a nutshell, “Yes!” BMP invests in its capital equipment and infrastructure constantly, to offer our customers advanced, state-of-the-art technology for the injection molding of plastic medical parts. Plastic has a low melting point, is highly malleable, and can be molded easily into basic or complex forms. That malleability also increases the fabrication and production of parts and pieces. The size of the parts, high strength-to-weight ratio, limited post-treatment processes, and the durability, combine to make cost-effective high-quality medical devices. However, as advanced as our injection molding technology is, it’s only as good as the mold design itself. Often times the part design does not lend itself to a product that is easily molded, and that is where our engineers can step in and provide advice on how to maintain functionality of the part and in many cases, make improvements on the design.
What if the design I need is custom?
In many regards, as an OEM, all medical device parts produced at BMP are custom injection molds or dies, to be specific. The injection molding dies must be custom designed and built to withstand the rigorous output and production schedule for tens of thousands of pieces over the life of the product. Most molds are made of pre-hardened metal alloys such as steel or aluminum. BMP’s engineering team has expert Mold-Masters 1 and 2 to assist our customers. We provide medical device design consultation from concept to final product.
Can the OEM manufacturer meet tight deadlines?
Innovation and information are the keys to staying ahead of the competition in the production of medical devices. To be sure, there are no corners to be cut in the manufacture of medical devices. BMP has the expertise of OEM medical processes and equipment to make the transition from concept to manufacturing easily and quickly. Once the validation process for your product is successfully completed, we have the internal capabilities and expertise to ensure rapid transition. We use state of the art injection molding machines and advanced robotics. The finished product is a high-quality medical component. As technology improves and advances, we stay current, move forward with the latest equipment, and provide our customers with productive, cost-effective, and efficient high-speed manufacturing.
Who makes the mold and the molding parts?
BMP has decades of experience in injection molded medical devices. We have Mold Master 1 and 2 levels of expertise, as well as expert tool makers and mechanics, on our engineering staff. We apply methods, strategies, and techniques of injection molding and utilize decoupled molding processes to achieve greater process capacity for our customers. Our engineering team works hand-in-glove with our customers at every stage to ensure the mold design meets their expectation and satisfaction.
What is the right price for OEM medical device injection molding?
BMP is an experienced and seasoned OEM that delivers high-quality manufactured medical devices for our customers. In order to stay ahead of the competition, we are well aware that getting the right price for your medical device within the right timeframe is not only a primary concern of our customers, but a motivating factor in choosing us as their medical device OEM. We strive to meet those expectations and want to be that OEM. Nevertheless, we also adhere to the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to offering our customers the “right” price, our philosophy is straightforward: innovative and advanced medical device manufacturing is more than a process. It’s a sound investment in the present and future success of your company and ours.