December 20, 2020

How HPC Keeps Appliance Injection Molded Plastics Affordable

Innovation in plastic injection molding has been revolutionary for manufacturers. Being able to quickly produce high-yield runs of parts without sacrificing quality provides manufacturers with the opportunity to introduce new iterations to their designs without worrying that they will disrupt the flow of production. For the appliance market in particular, this agile flexibility is crucial, as updated features, technologies, and aesthetics are the driving force for consumers to choose one appliance over another. But being able to continually innovate and pivot also needs to make financial sense. These changes need to be affordable on the production side, or the products quickly miss out on their chance to stay relevant for consumers due to budgeting issues. 

Fortunately, companies with proven experience in plastic injection molding, such as Hansen Plastics, know what it takes to keep manufacturing overhead affordable for appliance manufacturers. By focusing on specific parts of the process, HPC is able to pinpoint how best to efficiently produce quality parts while retaining reasonable production costs, giving their customers in the appliance industry the edge they need to continue innovating and remain competitive.  


Injection molding in general is a process known for having fewer design errors, which reduces production costs up front. Additionally, before production even begins, in-house engineers at HPC work with customers on the initial design to ensure that parts and tools are able to run properly from the first mold. By being involved in the process so early-on, the engineers are able to point out critical pieces of the design up front that will help avoid costly redesigns or hard tooling changes. 


The foundation for injection molding is producing quality, consistent parts over high-yield production runs. Utilizing automated workflows, top of the line hardware and software applications, and lean manufacturing methodology, HPC is able to produce parts from high-quality materials with pinpoint accuracy. Ensuring that every part is created equal reduces waste and speeds up delivery time, saving manufacturers money on overall production time. Additionally, by working with customers during the design phase and employing advanced molding techniques, HPC is able to reduce the amount of finishing work necessary for molded parts, saving additional time and money after parts and tools have been shipped. 


Precision is excellence in injection molding, and by specifically controlling the molding process, HPC is able to pass on additional savings to manufacturers. Using a process known as Decoupled MoldingSM, the engineers utilize transducers within the mold to adjust aspects of the molding process in real-time to ensure production runs are completed without issue. By employing these advanced techniques, Hansen Plastics’ tool design engineers can adjust the pressure, shrinkage, and dimensions of the molding process, keeping their finger on the pulse of quality to make sure parts are produced without flash or variance. This helps engineers guarantee the consistent production runs on parts, leading to fewer defective parts, wasted materials, and greater efficiency. 

From beginning to end, Hansen Plastics is committed to providing a customer-centric injection molding process. For industries like consumer appliances, which rely on design perfect products for aesthetic excellence, and smaller pieces which will see daily consumer wear-and-tear, part quality is a necessity, and it needs to be provided at affordable, competitive rates. The team at Hansen Plastics is dedicated to guaranteeing this level of quality and affordability through their continuous innovation in plastic injection molding. If you are looking for a trusted, experienced plastic injection molder to handle your products, reach out to HPC today, or visit HansenPlastics.com for a full view of Hansen Plastic’s capabilities.