FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions often asked about injection molding and automation. As always, we are here to answer any other questions you have through the contact form or directly by phone.

What are ideal and minimum quantities for injection molding?

There is no universal rule for minimum quantities when considering injection molding. Generally, with tools costing at least $10,000 for the smallest and simplest parts, production volumes of a few dozen parts or even a few hundred parts can rarely carry a proportion of the capital cost of the molds. It is not uncommon for injection molds to cost between $50,000 and $500,000. In this range, it is expected that production volumes would be at 10,000 units and up.

Should software engineers be involved in product decisions?

For products that require firmware or a software application, input from software engineers is critical. If you add a button to a product, the software designer/engineer has to be able to make that button work as the product designer wants it to. Product development is a collaborative effort and anyone who has a responsibility in any stage of the development from idea to putting it in the box for the customer should be involved in product decisions. Roles can be small or larger but all have an impact.

About how long does an average design project take from beginning to end?

Part design can take anywhere from 1 day to several weeks. Complex assemblies with tight tolerances can undergo several rounds of design, prototyping, and testing. Once a design is complete, tooling can take another 8-16 weeks. For simple or small parts, options exist to create low-run or modular tooling in as little as 2 weeks.

How do robotics become profitable?

Return on Investment calculations to support the use of robotics often consider only direct labor costs, but many more factors contribute to profitability for companies that employ automation. Reduced scrap or rework due to the repeatability of automation, reduced frequency of inspection required, less supervision required, increased uptime and throughput potential, and opportunities to combine manufacturing processes can all add to the profitability of a program.

How is your customer service better than other companies?

Noble’s first core value is Do What You Say. For customer service, that means that even when something goes wrong, tenacity to seek solutions and communicate options are key. We can’t guarantee that machinery won’t break, deliveries won’t be delayed, or people won’t get sick, but we can guarantee that each order matters to our team and we take seriously our responsibility to keep customers up to date.

What is injection molding?

Injection Molding is one process used for mass production of thermoplastic parts. The resins are heated and injected into a closed mold, cooled to solidify into the shape machined into the mold, then ejected as either a finished part or can undergo further manufacturing steps.

What are the smallest and biggest size products we make?

Noble can make parts as small as a few grams and a quarter of an inch up to 10+ pounds and 40+ inches.

What is the lead time?

Part design can take anywhere from 1 day to several weeks. Complex assemblies with tight tolerances can undergo several rounds of design, prototyping, and testing. Once a design is complete, tooling can take another 8-16 weeks. For simple or small parts, options exist to create low-run or modular tooling in as little as 2 weeks.

What services and products do you manufacture?

Noble is a product realization company. We can design for manufacture, convert designs for metals to plastics, prototype, source tooling, mold thermoplastic products, design and build automation systems to facilitate the molding of products, and offer complete turn-key services for the whole range of services listed.

What keeps you in Louisiana?

Louisiana is a crossroads for the port of entry from overseas locations to the greater US marketplace. Our culture of working hard and playing hard fits perfectly with Louisiana culture. Known for food, music, and fun, our team enjoys all our region has to offer and welcomes clients and vendors to join us whether music festivals, outdoor fishing, or simply enjoying the amazing food and experience that a visit to Cajun Country can be!

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