May 23, 2017

A flawless mold is just the beginning!

 

Our Scientific Injection Molding (SIM) process combined with the validation master plan assures that your mold produces a capable part… every shot.
How can AIM help take you to the next level?

May 17, 2017

IT ALL STARTS WITH TOOL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION.

AIM’s DFM assistance is the cornerstone of every part. Our experienced mold designers ensure that your design will produce consistent, superior results. AIM’s toolroom is much more than state-of-the-art equipment. Our expert mold makers make the difference. AIM employs some of the most skilled tradesmen in the nation who are experienced in complex tool construction.

March 15, 2017

VALIDATION What’s your level?

Validation shouldn’t slow you down

AIM provides three levels of validation. These segments allow you to quickly reference the degree of validation that you need, and implement it as needed. This gives your team back valuable time to focus on design and construction.

LEVEL ONE
SIM – AIM’s standard scientific injection molding workbook
N=1 100%  layout
N = 30 shot capabilty (nominal process)

LEVEL TWO
SIM- AIM’s standard scientific injection molding workbook
N=3 100%  layout
High/Low – 30 shot tool capability study
One 1-hour PQ run – 30 shot Cpk study provided
Injection Molding  – process cycle card created
APQP document package (control plan)

LEVEL THREE

SIM- AIM’s standard scientific injection molding workbook
N=3 100%  layout
3-Way DOE (3 factor, 2 repeats, 5 shot subgroup, 25 runs = 125 shots)
OQ – 30 shot each high/low capability study
Three 4-hour PQ runs – 30 shot Cpk study provided for each run
Injection Molding  – process cycle card created
APQP document package (process flow diagram, PFMEA, control plan)

 

 

October 17, 2016

Medical manufacturing at its best!

Have a look inside AIM’s 6,000 square foot ISO Class 7 (10K) cleanroom. AIM Plastics is the premiere medical manufacturer.

AIM is able to manage programs that require rapid prototyping/short-runs, through high-volume production of manufactured products for the healthcare industry. With over two decades of short-run, low-volume production experience, AIM has perfected the techniques necessary to manage and successfully deliver products designed for the ever-changing healthcare marketplace.

Our clean room facility offers:

  • conventional precision molding insert
  • over-molding
  • 2-shot molding

Clean room press capacities range from 40 to 165 tons. In addition, AIM offers complete assembly, assembly process validation, post-molding operations, and specialty services.

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October 10, 2016

AIM Plastics | Medical Molding Experts

AIM is your trusted source for medical manufacturing:

October 5, 2016

MFGDay 2016 at AIM Plastics

AIM Plastics is ready for MFGDay 2016.
Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It’s a pleasure to welcome Mt. Clemens High School this year.

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September 29, 2016

AIM Plastics makes upgrade to quality lab

We are excited about the installation of the our latest addition… the OGP SmartScope. This multi-sensor coordinate measuring system gives AIM a more efficient and accurate way to serve its customers.

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Learn more about AIM’s quality lab HERE

July 14, 2016

Need more than a prototype but not ready for a high volume production mold?

Stuck in the middle?…not a bad place to be

   LOW VOLUME MEDICAL MOLDING

Need more than a prototype but not ready for a high volume production mold? Take a look in the middle. Hybrid or bridge tooling may be your answer.

Over the past decade there has been significant advancements that greatly effect traditional prototype/low volume mold construction. It’s not a one key fits all solution anymore, so let’s clarify and give some direction to help you navigate through the mold maze.
First things first, you need to answer the basics:

1) What is your estimated yearly volume?
2) What is the lifespan of the program?
3) What resin will be used specifically?

With this information, along with 3D cad file and print identifying all critical dimensions, a reputable mold builder/molder can quote a best-fit tooling solution that will achieve quality requirements and provide a tool life that doesn’t fall short of the program lifespan. You don’t want to pay for a 1 million part tool life and occur a 12 week lead time when you only require 150k tool life with a much faster lead time.

Your prototype /low volume molder should have all the protocols and procedures of a production molder, as this will be your production molder so audit and select carefully. They should be offering in-house mold construction with experience on hybrid/ bridge tooling. In most cases this can fill your prototype requirements allowing engineering changes move on through validation and meet your production requirements.

MOLD CONSTRUCTION

Having the tooling built in house (mold builder and molder are same) is preferable as it eliminates finger pointing and helps hold tight timelines.

Mold design software has come a long way with draft analysis and parting line split tools allowing quick efficient DFM, (design for manufacture) while tools such as electrode and cam split save the designer time, to quickly and efficiently design a mold in 3d getting it on the shop floor for construction within days.

Shops with high speed machining centers have two major benefits, (1) they can cut hard steel eliminating many post heat treat procedures while maintaining a superior surface finish reducing benching/polishing time (2) With high Spindle RPM’s very small cutter diameters can be used in many cases omitting the need for EDM procedures, both decreasing deliveries and cost. Late model CNC EDM machines offer benefits for quick turn mold construction as well, there metal removal rate is much faster than older manual machines and leave a better surface finish reducing or eliminating the need for benching or polishing procedures. In most cases light texturing such as MT11020 can be achieved with an equivalent EDM finish eliminating the need for costly texturing procedure and reducing deliveries as well.

MOLDING

Preferably the molding equipment should have gone through an IQ/OQ (install qualification/operational qualification) process, and some type of standard validation procedure should be in place, as well as scientific molding practices should be followed. All basic production procedures should be in place as well as all employees following the cGMP guidelines.

Below is an image of a single cavity hybrid (class I unit mold) created in Solidworks, describing the options/benefits of this type of tooling.

To learn more about AIM Plastics and how they can assist you CLICK HERE.

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June 21, 2016

AIM Plastics up 100 spots!

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Check out AIM Plastics in Crain’s Plastics News.
AIM is listed as a Biggest Mover moving up 100 spots to rank among the top 300 injection molders in the nation!:

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