Is it time to start the search for a new injection molder? Everyone knows about the necessity of performing a quality audit. But there are a few other things we’ve learned over the years that have helped us identify a good fit between us and a customer, none of which are covered in the scope of a standard quality audit. Maybe this part is problematic, and you could use some support from a molder on designing for plastic. It could be that your deadline is looming, but you're still stuck in development. At Allegheny we have a long history of working with our customers to overcome these types of challenges and many more. We've put together a top 10 list of the most important elements to consider, as you navigate the selection of your next molding partner. 10. Ask About Inhouse Efficiences It’s time for the final tip in our top 10 list of recommendations for selection your next injection molding partner. This last tip focuses on your injection molder's processes. Does the potential supplier’s QMS (Quality Management System) create efficiencies in their process? Consider while doing the quality audit: Does the supplier control their process by use of real time process automation through inspecting quality of the finished product? How efficiently do they satisfy the control plan for part processing, automated vs. manual? Does the supplier use production software which visually shows trends and run charts for critical dimensional characteristics as preventive technique to avoid scrap, unplanned downtime, and quality escapes? 9. Consider the true costs of offshoring. Read more about Tips 8 and 9 here. 8. Assess creative problem-solving skills. 7. Assess communication practices. Read more about Tips 6 and 7 here. 6. Determine analytical capabilities. 5. Share problem ownership. Read more about Tips 2-5 here. 4. Discern team capabilities. 3. Ask about team availability. 2. Consider the project scope. 1. Ask about their experience. Read more here. Click on one of the tips pictured below to read more.