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Midwest Molding: Leaders in Cost, Quality, and Innovation

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Sanjay Patel, Director of Business Development, Midwest MoldingSanjay Patel, Director of Business Development
The dawn of electric vehicles began a revolution in the automotive sphere. As the world moves forward, the science behind vehicles will only evolve further. The tremendous innovation behind the evolution of automobiles can only be backed up by equal amounts of technology in the manufacturing realm to carry the vehicles of the future. While there are numerous vendors out there, one manufacturer seems to be the perfect choice for various reasons. Coming a long way since its inception in 1996 with just three vertical machines, Midwest Molding, Inc. currently houses over 50 fully electric molding machines ranging from 55T – 930T dedicated to achieving manufacturing excellence. The cutting-edge automotive contract manufacturer has been turning heads in the industry because of its novel approach toward the art of automotive engineering, tooling, and lean manufacturing. “We’re very innovative in the way we look at the tool and part design,” begins Sanjay Patel, Director of Business Development, at Midwest Molding, “We provide customers with the best possible design solutions to create cost-effective parts that are of superior quality.”

The company is at the forefront of automotive manufacturing and engineering. Its processes include straight injection molding, insert molding, two-shot molding, and more. But what sets Midwest Molding a notch higher is the ability to manufacture components that many other companies find difficult to manufacture. “We’re not trying to be the jack of all trades in the auto industry. We’re very focused on tight tolerance, complex components, and assemblies,” explains Patel. The organization’s emphasis on innovation and exceeding customer expectations enables it to stay niche-oriented, and this is possible because of its extensive tool design process to meet the critical characteristics of the component. The tooling design and build are managed in house from “cradle to the grave”, and then outsourced to their tooling partners to achieve high quality, repeatability and lean manufacturing principles. “If the tools are built and maintained properly, then they should be able to withstand the quoted program life,” Patel stated, “We’re not the cheapest supplier nor the most expensive, but we do build the best tools and stand 100 percent behind the components we supply to our customers.”

At the Vanguard of Machine Tooling

Patel goes on to explain how tooling is of utmost importance, and getting it right would result in high quality part performance. He illuminates how the years of experience possessed by Midwest Molding have created a fool proof sequence of methodology to create the best tools and plastic parts to exceed the customers’ expectations.


We’re very focused on high tolerance, complex components, and assemblies.

At the outset, the client requirements are rigorously evaluated, and the issues that may take place during the molding process are technically addressed. Once the customer approves the final tool design, the pertaining solutions are incorporated, and the highest quality of tools are managed in house and outsourced to their vast array of tooling partners.

Midwest Molding’s emphasis on automation and innovation is evident in the process they follow during the manufacturing of parts they produce. Their state-of-the-art facility currently houses over 50 fully electric molding machines, ranging from 55T – 930T, utilizing various camera systems and sensors that assess the quality of the parts to the highest degree.”Everything works in tune as part of a closed-loop system to ensure high quality, repeatable parts are manufactured,” remarks Patel.

Further explaining how Midwest Molding ensures total client satisfaction, Patel cites a few examples where the company went above and beyond to fulfill the customer requirements. He recounts an instance from 2003 where the company came up with an innovative solution for a lighting fixture unit for a client. The client was inclined toward using connectors from a specific supplier that cost $0.42 each and required a different connector for the left and right-side assembly. This assembly was to be fixed on side mirrors as part of a turn signal. Another issue was to ensure it was sealed to prevent the seeping in of moisture. Midwest Molding assessed the requirements and redesigned the connector in such a way that it couldbe used commonly on both left and right-side assemblies. The company also ensured that the part was self-sealing and removable for future service needs. The cost of the connector was also reduced to $0.26 each.

Another factor that Patel credits to Midwest Molding’s success is the relationship with its clients and vendors. The company is completely honest and transparent with the clients, looking into all the nuances involved therein. “Our relationship is like a marriage. We all need to work through the problems together. There needs to be trust, honesty, and transparency,” explains Patel. If some of the clients’ demands seem technically unreasonable, Midwest Molding states them clearly to the clients as he believes in building a strong relationship based on integrity is more important than having a lot of business and poor customer satisfaction.

In the wake of the pertaining shortage in labor and the increase in wages, Midwest Molding has been creating fully automated work cells, where feasible, and wishes to continue this philosophy in the future. In addition to highly technical, quality focused work cells, all the employees are provided with in-house and outside training to gain expert knowledge. This enables the enterprise to streamline its process in the most impeccable way to remain lean and cost competitive. Patel believes in incorporating an out-of-the-box approach toward tackling problems, as the challenges keep getting more and more intricate by the day. “We want to be of service to those customers of unknown avenues to help them create the vehicles of tomorrow,” concludes Patel.

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Midwest Molding

Company
Midwest Molding

Headquarters
Bartlett, IL

Management
Sanjay Patel, Director of Business Development

Description
Midwest Molding specializes in engineering and manufacturing automotive components of all types. The company currently houses over 50 fully electric molding machines ranging from 55T – 930T dedicated to achieving manufacturing excellence. The cutting-edge automotive contract manufacturer has been turning heads in the industry because of its novel approach toward the art of automotive engineering, tooling, and lean manufacturing. The organization's emphasis on innovation and exceeding customer expectations enables it to stay niche-oriented, and this is possible because of its extensive tool design process to meet the critical characteristics of the component. The company's processes include straight injection molding, insert molding, two-shot molding, and more with a very specific focus on tight tolerance, complex components, and assemblies.