Analyze Mold Company Spending Trends

Each year Industry Intelligence sends a Capital Spending Survey to metalworking shops asking about their intended spending on equipment for the coming year. […]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

How to design a hot runner system for a mold

Creating the most effective hot runner system design that includes manifolds, nozzles and full hot-halves demands a collaborative approach among the moldmaking supply chain: mold builders, molders, original equipment manufacturers and technology suppliers. […]

By |December 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Some Suggestions for selecting hot runner system

The injection molding industry generally perceives companies that use hot runner systems as more advanced than companies that use cold runner systems. Often, shops make the decision to use a hot runner without considering a cold runner’s possible cost and quality benefits, or management dictates the decision as part of a cost-savings initiative.  […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to evaluate cold runner system in an injection mold

In many cases, the cold runner system is a more viable option. In some applications, it may provide a mold and a process that is capable of producing higher-quality parts. […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to maintain hot runner system

Working on hot runner manifolds requires certain skills and training because of the heat expansion of the steel plates and components. If the mold and repair technician does not understand and cannot account for these effects, he or she may have trouble with mechanics, safety and effective processing. […]

By |October 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Cutting tool data is very important for a machining workshop

There are a lot ways to make a shop better, more efficient, more productive and more profitable, but one practical method that is often overlooked is tool lifecycle management. This is about more than cutting tools. Fundamentally, it’s about data: ensuring that cutting tool data is available where and when it is needed. It links CAM systems, presetting and crib systems, and machine controls. […]

By |September 5th, 2017|Blog|6 Comments

Mold Maintenance training is more and more important

Maintenance training becomes increasingly necessary each time a boomer clocks out for good. Decades of repair experience and mold knowledge are gone in the flash of a retirement party, severely compromising ongoing mold maintenance. This is mainly because many companies do not document critical procedures accurately. […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

Make sure your mold repair procedure is correct

In most welding shops, there is a certain procedure for handling a mold from when it arrives for repair to when it is ready for a customer. At my company, it is a seven-step process that may require adjustments depending on whether we are using micro-TIG or laser welding. […]

By |July 19th, 2017|Blog|7 Comments

How to select properly sized alignment components

Traditionally, designers have relied on a general “feel” or “rule of thumb” to decide which alignment locks to insert within a mold, considering sizes and mounting preference. That’s adequate, right? Maybe not. Selecting an alignment lock based only on gut feel could result in an undersized selection and, down the line, can result in costly mold damage and downtime as well. […]

By |July 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to prolong cutting tool life

The benefits of prioritizing expected tool life over price when choosing metalcutting tools are clear, especially in the precision-focused and deadline-driven moldmaking industry. Reputedly, economical tools often provide abbreviated and unpredictable life that results in poor tolerance control and leads to expensive rework. […]

By |June 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments