As their customers become more demanding in their requirements of mold suppliers, mold manufacturers are working to expand capacity and capabilities in response. Superior Tooling Inc., a mold manufacturer located in Wake Forest, NC, is keeping up with demands from customers by making continued investments in its business.
Robbie Earnhardt, owner and president of Superior Tooling in Wake Forest, NC, told PlasticsToday that last year the company built a new 10,000 sq-ft building with plans to develop a Tech Center for mold sampling and validation. "It used to be that we'd build the mold and ship it, but now customers don't want to do this. We're seeing a real push to do the mold sampling and validation, especially with our medical customers," Earnhardt said. "They don't want to interrupt their production in the clean room and want us to validate the mold prior to shipping. We used to go to a custom molder for sampling but now they don't want to break into their production runs either."
Earnhardt said he plans to put the two molding presses the company currently operates into the new building, as well as add more presses in the near future. "The Tech Center is where we will sample molds that we build plus offer our customers an area where they can send their molding machine and the automation, and we can do mold and process validations then deliver it as a turnkey solution."