Molds, Dies & Tooling

New systems from Priamus designed to optimize molding process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2014

Recent product introductions from Priamus (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) are designed to help suppliers of injection molding services improve quality control and process consistency. FillControl software monitors and controls the injection molding process to minimize part defects; control cabinets (pictured) offer real-time melt flow control.

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Westminster Tool closes the skills gap with Westminster Academy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Finding skilled employees for the moldmaking industry isn't easy. Just ask Westminster Tool, a precision mold manufacturer located in Plainfield, CT, specializing in innovative manufacturing solutions in plastics and composites. The company designs and builds molds for the aerospace, medical and industrial markets. After spending $15,000 in nine months on help-wanted ads for skilled moldmakers, Westminster received four applications. Two of those were from individuals who were retired and wanted something to keep them busy part-time.

Superior Tooling adds equipment, new people to meet demand

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 12th, 2014

This year is turning out to be quite busy for moldmakers overall, which is always good news. Robbie Earnhardt, Ppesident of Superior Tooling Inc. in Wake Forest, NC, has been especially busy, and to help keep up with demand, the company has invested in new equipment and hired several new employees.

Superior Tooling specializes in the design and build of injection molds, blow molds and injection blow molds, compression molds, stamping dies and precision machining work for customers in the medical, packaging, automotive, aerospace and electrical markets among others.

Linear Mold & Engineering addresses additive manufacturing gap with planned expansion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 7th, 2014

There are not many mold manufacturing companies that specialize and have developed expertise in additive manufacturing. Linear Mold & Engineering is a moldmaking company that has created a growing business by combining additive manufacturing (AM) and moldmaking to offer complete solutions to its customers.

Zwick/Roell AG introduces Allround-Line for thermoplastics testing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

As lightweighting of vehicles to meet new regulations for fuel economy becomes more pervasive, OEMs and suppliers are collaborating on the development of new thermoplastics for use in various structural applications. Zwick/Roell AG, a global supplier of material and component testing systems, recently introduced a new generation of equipment that improves the accuracy, versatility and flexibility in the testing of thermoplastics for automotive applications.

Braunform focuses on its MED mold standard for cleanrooms at Fakuma

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

Fakuma has become known as one of the largest international trade fairs for plastics processing, and has become the place for new technology introductions. At this year's Fakuma (Oct. 14-18) in Friedrichshafen, Braunform will focus on its MED mold standard for cleanroom molding using modular inserts of a 96-cavity injection mold for a pen hub (needle holder). Braunform will be at booth #5207 in Hall A5.

HASCO introduces new products for better molds

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

The new HASCO thermal insulating sheets Z1215 for external insulation prevent heat from escaping from heated injection and compression molds. They have been specially developed for molds that are subject to a high level of thermal stress.

HASCO Worldwide celebrates 90th anniversary with ride of a lifetime

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

HASCO Worldwide, a manufacturer of precision mold components, is celebrating 90 years in business with an open house at HASCO America Inc. in Fletcher, NC. HASCO, headquartered in Germany, manufactures mold bases, mold components, and hot runner systems to serve mold makers globally.

The open house will be held Friday, September 12, at 2 PM with a facility tour and technical presentations, and will allow visitors to see the company's newest components, as well as meet the people of HASCO America. Food and beverages also will be served.

Combined moldmaking and injection molding puts Portuguese company on medtech map

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 4th, 2014

Portugal has a storied moldmaking tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when companies in the town of Marinha Grande, about 95 miles north of Lisbon, started manufacturing molds for glassware rather than importing them. After World War II, plastic injection molds gained a foothold and, with the inevitable ups and downs, that has continued ever since. Automotive OEMs have been reliable customers; medical device manufacturers, not so much. Muroplás, located in Muro-Trofa, about 130 miles north of Marinha Grande, is the exception that proves the rule.

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