Choosing a Rubber Molding Manufacturer

There are several things to consider when deciding between a rubber mold manufacturing company for a project. Businesses looking for low production costs may automatically select the lowest bid or price comparison. However, sometimes the lowest bid is less offered than a mid or higher grade custom rubber mold. This could be related to the quality of the materials or the less detail or facilities provided by the manufacturer. It can also mean that not all costs and expenses associated with making rubber molds are included in the price. For jobs assigned to offshore manufacturers, there are also other cost and communication considerations in choosing between rubber mold manufacturing companies.

Quality of Materials – There are many different types of materials that can be used to make custom rubber keypads. Lower quality can result in less durability, performance and color fastness. Products that require frequent replacement due to cheap materials can actually cost more in the long run.

ITAR Certification – For U.S. companies looking for a manufacturer that complies with International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations, this narrows the field of offshore rubber molding manufacturers. Contractors manufacturing goods for use by military personnel must find an ITAR-certified rubber molding company that can manufacture the required military rubber keypads and molding components.

Shipping costs – How the product innovator receives the finished product is very important. Local delivery or parcel post is often cheaper than shipping by air or sea. Shipping overseas can often increase costs exponentially, depending on the size and weight of the item, how quickly the item must arrive and whether it needs to be returned for rework.

Communication – One of the factors that differentiate companies in the manufacture of custom rubber molds may be the fact that the two contacts speak different languages, are in different time zones and may have great difficulty with basic communication. There is a lot of detail involved in making the keypad and components, from the size to the color to the addition of a special resistant coating. Ensuring that all criteria are correct or overcoming difficulties if not can be challenging enough in the same language. With companies in countries that are on opposite sides of the universal time clock, business contacts can lose up to a day of delay.

Elements – Sometimes what one company charges for a product includes a number of perks, while another has a base price covering the most basic product with no extras. For example, one company may provide assembly at a slightly higher cost, while another ships product pieces as is for the customer to assemble with the other parts themselves. Design support and quality of work are other elements that can add to the advantages of choosing one company over another.