Useful information about Modern Moulds
On this page you will find lots of useful information about Modern Moulds including our current plant list, information about our quality policy and accreditations some useful downloads as well some commonly asked questions. If you need anything else please get in touch.
Current Plant List
Here you can download our current plant list, but we should add that it is constantly changing which is a sign of our continual investment in new machinery.
As an engineering company run by trained engineers, we recognise the benefit in providing our staff with the latest up to date equipment to work with. This is the essential first step in enabling them to do their job well and provide our customers with a reliable supply of quality products produced on efficient machines.
Quality and Accreditations
We have ISO 9001:2015 and you can download our certificate here. We also have an environmental policy written around the framework of ISO 14001.
As well as having an approved quality system in place we have a well-documented electronic folder for every customer’s project which is backed up on the cloud. This detailed folder includes photographs of parts and the tool, drawings, production and setting documents. It is available in the production office and on the shopfloor to staff across every shift. This sharing of job knowledge ensures all staff are aware of the project and customer requirements.
How much does a mould cost?
Moulds are complex bespoke pieces of machinery and the starting cost for a simple open and shut part could be £3,000 rising to £30,000 for more complex or multiple cavity tooling.
Tools to make multiple cavity unscrewing bottle tops can easily exceed £100k but can produce millions of parts cheaply and quickly.
Can you make the tool faster?
Tools are complex and bespoke pieces of machinery, so a quick solution isn’t possible.
We can sometimes make a tool faster in Asia but approval of the tool design and then transporting the finished tool to the UK by Sea often means it is same overall time as making it in the UK. Making it in Asia does mean that first off parts are available for testing quicker and for certain projects this is beneficial.
Tooling amendments tend to be slower in Asia and Air Freight can help the transport timing but for heavier tooling, but this can be expensive.
Can you amortize the tooling cost?
We don’t amortize tooling, but we do offer excellent pricing and then leave the financing of tooling to the expert asset finance companies.
How much will my parts cost?
Our pricing of parts is simple, we like it that way. They are made of three main elements. The setup of the machine, the material content and the machine hourly rate.
For example, if a small plastic box is required in ABS, batches of 1000 and it weighs 100g and cycle time is 45s the typical ex-works cost would be:
- Setup £100.00 (10p),
- Machine rate £27.50/hr (34.2p),
- ABS material £3.00/kg = (30p) so a total ex-works cost of 74.3p.
To make it cheaper?
Order more. With batches of 10,000 the setup is only 1p so the part is reduced to 65.3p. Make a two-impression tool. It might need to run in a slightly bigger machine but would reduce the part cost by a further 10p.
Design some of the weight out.
A weight reduction of 10% would enable a cost saving of 3p.
Do you want to invest in my product and share ownership?
We have seen many great inventions succeed and fail and our focus always remains on making a great product for our customer as cost effectively as possible so they can succeed in their venture.
We do not invest in other companies as we prefer to focus our efforts on the company we understand the best, our own. We will however offer our support and give advice on best practices for shipping, marketing, packaging and any other knowledge we have.
We have a vested interest in making sure your product is a success.
How do I know if my product should be injection moulded or produced by another method?
A plastic product can be produced in a variety of conversion processes, we only specialise in Thermoplastic Injection Moulding.
Some items below can be produced by more than one method but as a rough guide to the most common processes please see our examples below:
- Thermoplastic Injection Moulding – Electrical Enclosures, Closures, Packaging Handles
- Thermoset Injection Moulding – Silicon Bakeware or Rubber Parts
- Extrusion – Electrical Conduit, Rigid or Flexible Tubing and Pipework
- Blow Moulding – Milk Bottles, Water Bottles, Shampoo Bottles
- Vacuum Forming – Large Car or Vehicle Panels formed from sheet
- Rotational Moulding – Large Hollow Parts, Traffic Bollards, Canoes.
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Request a quote
To request a quote please complete the form on this page with as much detail as possible, stating the approximate quantities you may need, along with a description of your injection moulding requirements. A member of our UK-based team will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
If you would like an informal discussion about a current or future project or have an enquiry of any kind, you can also contact us on 01256 782 333. If you have a general enquiry please use our enquiry form here. We look forward to hearing from you.