As simple as the title statement may be, and as oversimplified as the concept is often portrayed, in an industry that is measured continually in cycle times and cost of production (or even the cost resulting from loss of production, i.e., downtime) this is something that should not be overlooked. While we may take this for granted as a rather common practice or exchange between manufacturers and suppliers/vendors, the key to the principle of communication(s) and the ultimate goal of saving money is the timing itself.
Coordination of efforts and exchanges between manufacturers, mold makers, machine makers is often a balance that is not easily struck, and yet, is one that can potentially save you, the manufacturer, the most money and time when developing a new product. While it is rather commonplace for manufacturers to engage with mold-makers early in the development life-cycle for a product to shore up the appropriate mold type, specifications and technology not all manufacturers engage or include their machine manufacturers in those conversations and exchanges.
This hesitation can be attributable to a number of things including required bid processes, proprietary obligations, industry regulations and even manufacturing learned behaviors. However, when you engage with the machine manufacturer earlier in the product development lifecycle they are able to provide feedback and insights as to how the development of the mold will impact the machine and machinery options or accessories that will be required to accomplish or produce your product. Such communication early on can realize a substantial difference in the size and price of the machine and its accessories.