Molds, Dies & Tooling

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

Mold-Tech expands capabilities with new equipment; awards scholarship

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2014

Mold-Tech Inc. (Albertville, MN) has strengthened its capabilities with the addition of several pieces of new equipment. The custom designer and builder of close-tolerance prototype and precision production molds added a new Makino U3 wire EDM. The machine will complement the existing machines in its wire EDM department and bring the latest technology to the shop floor. The new EDM will also allow the company to increase production and be more responsive to customer needs in meeting lead times.

Hot runner specialist appoints automotive vice president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2014

Hot runner system supplier HRSflow (San Polo di Piave, Italy), a division of specialist lighting and glazing toolmaker INglass S.p.A. Group, has appointed Stephan Berz as vice president responsible for worldwide sales activities in the automotive sector. In particular, Berz will coordinate cooperation with major Tier 1 parts makers and OEMs.

Linear Mold & Engineering adds two 3D metal printers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering, a full-service mold design, engineering and manufacturing company incorporating both traditional mold manufacturing and 3D metal printing of end-use parts and mold components, announces the addition of two 3D metal printing systems. This addition brings the total number of 3D metal printers to nine and enhances Linear's position as a total solutions provider.

Retiring Baby Boomers contribute to the moldmaking skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

The graying of America's moldmakers didn't just happen overnight. We've been aware for quite some time that in 2011 the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation would turn 65 and the retirement migration would begin. That has a lot of implications for manufacturing.

Emerging medical LSR molding technology enables single-step process, improved product functionality

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 26th, 2014

Molded capillary tubing used in a range of medical and diagnostic applications, including drug delivery, is typically fabricated from thermoplastics. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, both located in Aachen, Germany, are exploring a process that would optimize the micromolding of tubing with integrated functional features using liquid silicone rubber (LSR). The technology could offer a better alternative to thermoplastics, say researchers.

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

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.

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