By David O’Leary, Eric Landon, and Angela Williams, Accumold
Almost all injection molders have an internal qualification process to prepare for production. Parts used in the medical field and other critical applications may need Enhanced Qualification (EQ) to provide both confidence and documentation the molded parts meet specifications and can be delivered on time. With micro-sized parts, it is more challenging to meet capability requirements with micron-sized tolerance windows and features, making qualification even more important. Working with a micro molder to develop an EQ process can save money and time over the course of the project by ensuring a smooth transition into full-volume production.