Frequently Asked Questions
- How many injection molding machines do you have?
- What kind of materials do you run?
- Do you have an in-house tool shop as well as off-shore capabilities?
- Has APM had experience with transferred tooling from other injection molders?
- What is your capacity?
- For assembly, do we need to provide APM with the components or do you have the ability of sourcing your own custom and purchased components?
- Is APM interested in contract assembly or warehousing if I don't need your injection molding services?
- What part drawing file formats can you accept?
- What design software does APM use?
- Are you ISO Certified?
- Are you QS certified?
- Where are you located?
We currently have 38 injection molding machines, though the number is constantly changing based upon upgrade programs as well as additional machines to support customer requirements. Learn more on our Injection Molding page.
We are capable of injection molding more than 64,000 different plastic materials, many of which are in stock. The materials we use range from engineered resins in custom formulations to commodity resins. The list includes, but is not limited to: ABS, acrylics, acetals, glass-reinforced blends, nylons, polycarbonates (PC), polyesters (PET, PBT), polyethylene (LDPE,LLDPE, HDPE), polystyrene (HIPS, MIPS, SHIPS), PPO, PPA, talc-filled materials, thermoplastic rubber (TPR), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), etc.
APM has our own in-house tool shop for construction of new tooling, prototypes, mold maintenance, and 24-hour emergency repairs.
We also have a diverse and extensive base of additional sources both in North America and the Pacific rim.
Yes, in fact APM has been on the receiving end of a significant number of tooling transfers due to our competitors going out of business or their inability to provide good service or competitive pricing. We have established proceedures and check lists for fast and effective transfers to facilitate the process and assure smooth transitions.
Typically, our utilization is 65% of our maximum capacity. Currently, we run production for 75,000 hours out of 120,000 hours available.
For assembly, do we need to provide APM with the components or do you have the ability of sourcing your own custom and purchased components?
APM operates under widely varying supply chain relationships, all based upon our customers' needs. We're happy to assemble product that you supply, we can add your vendors to our supply chain, or we can both source and manage the supply chain for you.
Let us know what you prefer and we can accomodate you.
Is APM interested in contract assembly or warehousing if I don't need your injection molding services?
Absolutely. While our injection molding and assembly divisions often work "hand in hand", we do have assembly work for which we mold nothing, and this is no problem as both operations can stand alone.
We generally are able to work with almost any file format for quoting purposes.
For tooling design and cost efficiency purposes, we prefer parasolid (.x_t), or step(.stp, .step) files. Then, native formats for Solidworks(.sldprt, .sldassm), SolidEdge(.PAR, .PSM), and Autodesk Inventor(.IPT, .IPM, .IDW).
If our customer is using Pro/E, we would prefer a step file.
If the customer is using Catia or UniGraphics, we would prefer the parasolid file.
We can take IGES files, but they tend to have some issues depending on the original program. Any further questions, give us a call and we'll work with you.
APM primarily uses SolidWorks but we also have Pro/ E.
If you need product development but require it in some other native software such as Catia, Unigraphics, etc., we can use one of our numerous local design sources to create the CAD models and drawings in your format for a seamless integration.
We are proud to invite you to take a look at our certificate.
We are certified to ISO 9001:2008. We are reviewing certification to TS16949 as a continuous improvement activity.
APM is conveniently located between Indianapolis, IN, and Louisville, KY, right off of I-65.
For complete directions, please see our map and directions page.