As part of its new partnership with CoreTechnologie (Lyon, France), which specializes in 3D CAD model visualization software, IPC is launching MoldTherm, its pre-dimensioning tool for estimating the cooling times of injected parts. This application was entirely designed and developed by IPC, whose expertise is dedicated to plastics and composites innovation. The company’s Industrial Technical Centers are established in Oyonnax and Chambery, France.
The new tool optimizes production cycles for plastics manufacturers, toolmakers, molders and designers and encourages innovation by enabling quick decision making upstream of the product development process. MoldTherm optimizes the thermal behavior of injection tools by quickly estimating the optimal cooling time of the injected part.
“Manufacturers have [told us] that digital simulation is becoming essential in the design of industrial products, especially for complex products,” explained Yves Schmitt, Head of Corporate Relations at IPC. “It offers a better definition of the production parameters and contributes to reduced manufacturing time and costs.”
MoldTherm software is part of IPC’s Numplast digital platform, which offers modeling and digital simulation services in plastics processing. “As an Industrial Technical Center, we invest a lot of resources to meet the specific needs and requests of professionals in plastics and composites,” said Alban Agazzi, Digital Manager at IPC. “One of our aims is to support manufacturers to make the digital transition. With MoldTherm, we open up possibilities by offering them the opportunity to test specific digital tools at an intermediate level between the spreadsheet and expert software.”
Numplast also hosts complementary software, such as MCOOL, which allows the optimal design of mold cooling system control circuits, and HydroMold, which validates the proper balancing of flow and temperature control unit selection. Ultimately these tools will be integrated into IPC’s 3D Analyzer Plastic Edition to offer a complete software suite dedicated to thermal optimization.