Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you need to provide us with a quote?

A: Most of the data and materials we like to receive are included on our Request A Quote page. After a request has been submitted, we’ll review everything with you and see if we have enough information to provide you with a quote.

Q: How quickly can you provide us with a quote?

A: Once we receive all the necessary data and materials, we generally can create a proposal in about two to three business days.

Q: Can we transfer our molds from another supplier to you?

A: Of course! We facilitate mold transfers to our facility on a regular basis. Please visit our Transfer Your Molds page for more information..

Q: Can you give me a ballpark estimate?

A: While we would love to give quick, off-the-cuff estimates, considering the complexity of building custom molds and of manufacturing precision plastic parts, we believe it is our responsibility to review and analyze as much information as possible before providing our customers with any estimates. That being said, we make every effort to prepare quotes as quickly as possible.

Q: How long does it take to build a mold?

A: After a contract is awarded, the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) studies have been reviewed, and the mold design has been approved, we usually provide the initial tooling samples in about seven to eight weeks. Once those are inspected and approved, any finishing work on the mold is done, the mold qualification and process validation procedures are performed, and first article samples are produced for final inspection and approval, all of which takes approximately six to seven weeks. Of course, these are only generalized estimates and each project is unique, but this should give you some idea of our mold building lead time.

Q: Do you have a supplier data sheet?

A: Yes. Our Services & Capabilities sheet is here, and you can download our corporate brochure here. If you would like any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Q: What is your standard lead time for production?

A: Again, the answer depends on a few factors, like the size of the order, the lead time for obtaining the required material, our current production schedule, etc. Nevertheless, our standard policy is that production usually begins within four weeks after we receive a purchase order for parts.

Q: Do you have a minimum order quantity?

A: Although most of our work involves high volume production, we do not have a specific minimum order quantity.

Q: What is the largest Part You Can Manufacture?

A: PMP focuses on producing small to midsize parts, up to approximately eighteen inches in length, and our largest injection molding machine is 310 tons. Molding capability depends on a few factors, such as the overall dimensions of the part, the part volume, the mass of the part, etc. If you have questions about a specific project, contact us, and we’ll be happy to review things with you.

Q: What do you charge for storing the molds?

A: We offer complimentary storage for active molds that are used at least once per year.

Q: Do you have your own tooling department?

A: Yes. We have a full service, in-house mold building department with modern equipment and an experienced staff that performs mold building, tooling repairs and modifications, and regular maintenance on all our customers’ molds. Thus, tooling is kept in top condition, and any issues that may arise are addressed quickly and efficiently, so any downtime in production is kept to a minimum.

Q: Can you help us determine the right material to use?

A: Absolutely. With over 100,000 different types of resins in our database, we definitely can provide some guidance in identifying the best materials for your project. Additionally, if you are familiar with a certain plastic and would like to know if there are any viable alternatives, we can help with that, too.

Q: Does PMP Perform Any Secondary Operations?

A: Yes. In addition to mold building and injection molding, we provide many value-added services and secondary and finishing operations, including 3D printing for prototyping, hot stamping, heat transfer, pad printing, labeling, machining, assembly and more.

Q: How Can I Find Out More About Plastic INjection Molding?

A: Be sure to check out the selection of guides, checklists, templates and more in our Resource Center. Also, visit our blog for articles on plastics, injection molding, tooling, manufacturing, and supply chain management, and don’t forget to follow us on social media (links below).

Q: What if I have other questions not answered here?

A: Please feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have. We're here to help.