Mold & Die Making

DME launches Versa-Slide, expands MUD Quick-Change systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2012

Moldmakers can now save time by incorporating the new Versa-Slide standard slide assemblies from DME Company instead of the different slides that many customers have been creating on their own.

Chemical vapor deposition allows ultra-thin lubricious coating for mold components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2012

A chance meeting at a trade show has brought a coating technology that originated in the semiconductor industry into injection molding, giving mold components an inert, lubricious coating that eliminates the need for grease in medical and packaging applications, among others.

Durex expands custom cartridge-heater capabilities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2012

Durex Industries, a designer and manufacturer of heaters, temperature sensors, and controls, announced an expansion of its custom cartridge heater capabilities with the introduction of its new advanced Magnum family of cartridge heaters.

Leak proof nozzles in plug-and-play hot runner package

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2012

By threading the nozzles directly into the hot runner manifold, a new hot runner nozzle offers a leak-proof design without critical stack-up dimensions that must be maintained.  The 09E nozzle, for use with Synventive Molding Solutions' line of 'Plug 'n Play' unitized hot runner systems, has thermal- and valve-gate options, including a 9-mm internal flow bore, with 30-mm mold cut-out. Synventive says the nozzle is ideal for medium-sized part applications with maximum shot weights of 250g per nozzle.

Need to vent? Try new blowmold tool design

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 9th, 2012

By venting all four corners of the mold, extrusion blowmolding toolmaker fhw-moulds GmbH (Bottrop, Germany) says its tooling for a 20-liter jerry can presents a special solution for removing air from extrusion molds, ultimately improving cycle time and surface appearance.

Geomagic’s 2012 product line Includes reverse engineering program

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 9th, 2012

Geomagic, a provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, has launched some new products for 2012 for reverse engineering and inspection. The release in November of the company's 3D imaging products includes Geomagic Studio 2012, Geomagic Wrap 2012, Geomagic Qualify 2012, Geomagic Qualify Probe and Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition.

New diesinker EDM improves productivity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 9th, 2012

The new Form 200 mS diesinker EDM from GF AgieCharmilles with rotary tool changer (RTC) takes die-sinking electric discharge machining to the next level, claims GF AgieCharmilles, by bringing precise geometric quality and increased lights-out operation to micro machining and other applications.

Quick-coupling water jumpers enable compact cooling configuration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

Quick-Coupler-type water jumpers from DME Molding Supplies (Madison Heights, MI) can plumb a mold for cooling using significantly less mold space, according to DME. They can either be embedded in the mold itself or run on top of the mold.

New air filtration system sucks out the bad, leaves the good in moldmaking facilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 10th, 2011

Air quality in mold manufacturing facilities is a big concern, and many companies take measures to improve it, such as through-the-wall fans that suck up smoke and vent it outdoors, and/or vacuum systems over carbon-grinding machines that vent to a filter unit outside.

There are many causes—and sources—of air quality problems throughout the metalworking sections of a plant. Most metal/aluminum machining and polishing processes create an extremely fine dust that can create a smoke-like haze throughout the entire facility.

Sheet shows tool surface pressure variations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

A new surface pressure indicating sheet from Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) is said to improve yields and reduces defects in the injection molding process by minimizing flash, shorts, and burns, among other defects. The primary purpose of Mold-Align is to indicate mold face planarity. When placed between mold halves that are compressed together, the material instantaneously changes color revealing how pressure is being distributed between the mold faces.

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