Medical injection molding is an invaluable manufacturing process when it comes to making plastic parts that must adhere to strict FDA-compliance standards and support the function of highly technical and complex medical devices.
With a high level of precision and the ability to tightly control the parameters of the process, injection molding can produce plastic components with tight tolerances with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.
Medical applications for plastic components can range from IV tubes and syringe parts to pacemaker components and prosthetics, and the demand for medical plastic parts is expected to increase in the coming years. As technology and innovation advances to meet these demands, it is essential that performance and reliability of both the parts and the end-use products remain top priorities.
The biggest advantage of medical injection molding is that it supports the reliable and efficient reproduction of plastic parts on a large-scale. This capability is enhanced by Design for Manufacturability.
Design for Manufacturability, or DFM, is defined as the process of optimizing the design of parts and components for easy manufacturing and greater cost-efficiency, as well as increased end-product performance and uniformity. Designing for manufacturability improves part performance by minimizing defects, improving dimensional accuracy, and reducing production time.
When bolstered by the power of predictive modeling software, Design for Manufacturability can also forecast the entire injection molding process, and enable designers and engineers to spot and solve problems early on in the process.
Tight tolerances are critical in the medical industry as they ensure that the part functions as intended. Some elements of the injection molding process that can impact tolerance control include:
In the medical industry, it is essential that parts be produced in environments that limit their exposure to foreign particulates. Cleanroom injection molding provides a controlled environment for making plastic parts with patient health and safety in mind.
At Omega Plastics, our staff is highly trained to follow strict guidelines and rules in accordance with good manufacturing processes and compliance guidelines.
Our cleanroom manufacturing services include injection molding for tight tolerances, vertical injection molding for insert and over-molding capabilities, post-mold processes and product assembly, specialized packaging services, and complete in-house tooling services.
Keeping all of these processes in-house at a single manufacturing facility drastically reduces the chances of environmental contamination.
When it comes to medical injection molding, your parts must meet rigorous standards. There are various elements that may require testing to ensure these standards are satisfied, from selected materials to final performance of the finished product.
Omega Plastics offers services to meet these needs such as initial inspections, first article inspection, failure mode and effects analysis, and statistical process control, amongst several others.
When making plastic parts for demanding products like medical devices, you can rest assured you will receive the level of attention you need for success with Omega Plastics.
With 30+ years of experience in, we offer services that span the entire process, from design assistance to final inspection and quality assurance. Our specialization in low- and mid-volume injection molding and our ability to provide cleanroom manufacturing services makes us the ideal medical plastics manufacturing partner.
Ready to optimize your manufacturing process and ensure the quality and performance of your plastic parts? Get in touch with our team today.