How Does Accumold Compare With Domestic Molders?

Accumold in the evening

Jeremy Klisares

If you’re not already familiar, Accumold’s core technology is injection molding on a micro-scale. We specialize in medical, optics, and even wearable technologies but we do get one question from time to time. How does Accumold compare with other micro molders in the USA?

The biggest differentiator and what we frequently obsess about is scalability, scalability, and scalability. Accumold can take two, ten, fifty, or two hundred million component orders, and scale within a moment’s notice to fill your order. If your company is looking for micro molders in the USA, no one holds a candle to our rapid scalability.

How Does Accumold Scale Faster Than Other Molders?

forklift drives through accumold facilities
A forklift moves resin through building #2 to prepare for a customer order.

Our ability to scale is a product of our history, plant size, and some calculated investments. Our technology, training, facilities, strategic location, and continuity are a few aspects of our operation that give us a strategic edge over micro molders in the USA.

Micro Mold Technology

Accumold has a competitive advantage from a micro molding press capability standpoint. When Accumold was founded in 1985, micro mold machines didn’t exist, therefore Accumold designed and built our own Micro-Mold® presses from scratch. Notice that “®”? — we invented the process. And even today, when you compare tolerances and size, you’ll notice many micro molders in the USA, can’t actually micro mold.

What we call “small molding” many other companies mislabel as “micro molding.” It’s an understandable error because it’s micro to them. (Just not to us.) Our press design gives us an advantage as it relates to process control, repeatability, and overall quality. Our Micro-Mold® presses and their numerous iterations since 1985 have proven to be successful molding components where less precise machines fail.

Micro Mold Training and Human Capital

Accumold has enjoyed aggressive overall growth in our organization. To date, we have over 300 full-time employees on staff and we are constantly growing our team. Because we are projecting a 30% staff increase soon, we have poured exponential resources into our human capital efforts including our Accumold Scholars program that pays college tuition fees for students interested in engineering, manufacturing, robotics, and automation.

From a technical support perspective, Accumold has over 55 full-time toolmakers on staff to support new product development endeavors on very aggressive lead-times. Our experienced in-house team includes:

  • 7 Designers
  • 9 Project engineers
  • 20 Automation Engineers and Techs
  • 10 Quality Engineers

Micro Molding Facilities

Accumold provides in-house mold design, mold fabrication, and molding under one roof. Under that one roof is a major collaboration machine where designers can walk to the other end of our campus and collaborate with engineers, robotics, and quality team members. In-person communication is a major time saver and communication advantage.

Accumold has over 175 mold presses on-site with the ability to double the press count if a product demands increase. Our molding press count equals 160 presses, split evenly between conventional style molding presses and our proprietary micro-molding presses built from the ground up.

How Does Accumold Compare To Other Micro Molders in the USA

Because we realize how critical the components we produce are to our customers, many of whom are in medicine and make life-savings Medtech devices, years ago Accumold created an EF5 Tornado resistant facility, in-house IT team, and other various self-sustaining operational advantages to anticipate any catastrophic event.

These advantages may cost more than other micro molders in the USA, but the ability to scale, the safety of your supply chain, and meeting our clients demanding quality specifications makes your investment worth it.

So, how does Accumold compare in quality and cost other micro molders in the USA? We aren’t really comparable at all. Want to chat?

Jeremy Klisares, Accumold

Jeremy Klisares is the Senior Sales Engineer for Accumold for the USA Midwest and Europe.

micromolding components next to EU coins.

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