Creaform Acquires Engineering Services Company Genicad

In late October, Creaform, the Québec, Canada–based technology company that offers 3D engineering services and innovative 3D scanners, completed the acquisition of Genicad, a company in Québec City that specializes in engineering, digital and mechanical design, project management and technical drawing.

“The acquisition is part of Creaform’s growth strategies to strengthen regional operations, secure its position as a major player in the industry and expand its range of 3D engineering services to better meet the needs of our clientele,” explains Chief Executive Officer Martin Lamontagne.

Adds Genicad president Michel Cyr: “This is a most significant move for the industry. The synergy between Genicad and Creaform will create the most important 3D engineering services firm in the Québec City area.”

Over the past 20 years, its expertise and quality services have made Genicad a leading player in Quebec’s mechanical design industry. And Creaform, as a 3D engineering partner known for its drive toward innovation and technological development, is expected to build on Genicad’s excellent reputation.

The acquisition of Genicad is the latest in a series of major steps taken by Creaform during the year. Others include the acquisition in January of InSpeck, a world-leading 3D human body digitizing company, the opening of three new offices overseas this summer, and the international launch in October of an all-new product, the MetraScan 3D scanner.

Genicad offices in Québec City will be closed and the existing employees relocated to Creaform’s offices in nearby Lévis. Creaform will keep the Sainte-Claire offices of Genicad open.

Plastic injection molding process

Overview

There are two parts that create moldings:

  • Injection molding machine
  • Plastic injection tooling

Injection molding machine:

Injection molding is the process of transforming raw polymer into final complex plastic components through the aid the injection mold machine which heat plastic, then apply high pressure on the molten plastics to inject and fill the mold cavity.

An injection mold tool consists of two halves. One model half contains the sprue bushing and runner system. The other half houses the ejector system. The molded part is located at the parting line.

We will treat this in more further detail later on.

Mold tool

A mold tool is constructed from a number of sections but the three main section is:

  • Fixed hall

This contains the cavity of the part to be molded

  • Moving hall

This contains the care of the part to be molded

  • Ejector plate

This contains the ejector pins which push the molded part of the core

One half of the mold tool will have the cavity or the female section of the mold, this half is also where the molten plastic is injected through the sprue runner system. This will be the fixed part of the mold.

The moving part at the mold will have the core or male part of the mold. This section will also include the ejection plate and pins.

The two halves of the molding are separated down a parting line. This is where the two halves of the tool match up.

Clamping

Overview

The clamping unit is what holds the two halves of the mold together during the injection process.

There are three different types of clamp design:

Toggle clamp: is a mechanical device to amplify force. In a molding machine, which consists of two bars joined together with a pivot? The end of one bar is attached to a stationary platen; the other end of a second bar is attached to the moveable platen. When the pressure is applied to the pivot, the two bars form a straight line.

Hydraulic clamp: a clamping unit actuated by hydraulic cylinder, which is directly connected to the moving hall of the tool.

Clamping

Overview

Hydromechanical clamp: this clamping system is a combination of mechanical and hydraulic clamping system to move the toggle a hydraulic cylinder is operated.You see the hydraulic ram closed the tool and the mechanical mechanism has locked the tool in place during the injection process.

Injection of polymer into the plastic mold

Overview

The molten polymer is pushed up to end of the injection cylinder by the use of a specially designed rotating screw. Once there are enough molten polymers at the end of the cylinder, the screw then forces it into the mold at a controlled speed and pressure. You can this part of the process here in the short clip.

Plastic Material for Molding Parts

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – (ABS) injection molding

What is ABS?

ABS is an opaque thermoplastic amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers; this makes it an excellent engineering material.

ABS material properties

ABS injection molding has great chemical and thermal stability along with toughness and strength properties. The surface finish after molding is high glass making it perfect for cosmetic applications.

ABS common applications

 ABS plastic injection molding material is a great all-round engineering plastic and can be found in wall sockets, automotive trim, printers, vacuum cleaners, hard hats, kitchen utensils, plastic toys, and musical instruments to name a few.

Poly oxy methylene – (POM) injection molding – Often call acetal

What is POM?

Poly oxy methylene, often acetal, is one of the key engineering plastic. Among plastic element, it is one by the most crystalline structure.

POM injection molding material properties

POM is a high strength, low friction engineering plastic that has excellent wear properties in both wet and dry environments. Easy to machine, acetal makes on outstanding choice for applications that require complex, light tolerances.  

POM common applications

Can be found in small gear wheels, eyeglass frames, ball bearings, ski bindings, fasteners, guns, knife, handles, and lock system. The element is widely accepted in the automotive and customer electronics industry.

Nylon 6 & 6-6 polyamide – (PA6 & PA66) injection molding

What is PA6 & PA66 ?

Nylon (PA) 6 & 66 are both plastic polymers called polyamides, most utmost nylons, including 6 & 66, are semi-crystalline and treat good power and durability for demanding applications.

PA material properties

Nylon injection molding material has high mechanical strength, stiffness, hardness and toughness good fatigue resistance, good sliding properties and wears resistance, good machinability characteristics.

PA common application

Can be found in sleeves and bearings, wear pads, hammer heads, gear wheels, seal rings, cutting boards, marine cleats to name a few.

Polycarbonate – (PC) injection molding

What is a PC?

Polycarbonate (PC) plastics area naturally transports amorphous thermoplastic.

PC material properties

PC is a great when impact resistance and/or transparency are a product requirement (e.g. in bullet – proof glass)

PC common applications

PC is usually used for plastic lenses in eyewear, in medicinal devices, automotive elements, protective gear, greenhouse, digital disks (CDs, DVDs and Blu – ray) and exterior lighting accessories.

Polypropylene – (PP) injection molding

What is PP?

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic “increasing polymer” obtain from the combination of propylene monomers.

PP injection molding material properties

Some of the most significant properties of PP are good chemical resistance, elasticity and toughness, fatigue resistance, good insulation, good impact resistance. PP is one of the most used plastic in the world today.

PP common application

One of the main characteristics of PP is that it can be molded into a living hinge due to its good fatigue resistance. Other applications include food packaging consumer products, car bumpers, toys, container taps.

Polybutylene terephthalate – (PBT) injection molding

What is PBT?

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is semi-crystalline, white or off-white polyester similar in both compositions and properties to polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

PBT injection molding material properties

Resists abrasion temperature moisture effective electrical barrier with superb impact strength Subject to failure if noticed under stress Difficult to mold to extremely tight tolerances

PBT common application

PBT is usually used for food processing machinery purposes when low dampness absorption, resistance to staining or resistance to washing chemicals is required. It can also be found in electronic parts, electronic parts, and auto parts & TV set accessories.

Polymethyl methacrylate – (PMMA) injection molding

What is PMMA?

PMMA or acrylic is a transport thermoplastic homopolymer known more commonly by the trade name “Plexiglas”

PMMA injection molding material properties

PMMA or acrylic is extensively used transparent plastic. it is a tough plastic, easy to shape and a great alternative to the high cost less resilient glass.

PMMA common applications

Its applications in many markets from car windows, smartphone screens to aquariums. Other uses include lenses, acrylic nails, paint, security barriers, medical devices, LCD screens, and furniture.

Frankfurt to Be Site of Conference on Plastic Electronics October 4-5

Thin, light, flexible, and inexpensive plastic electronics are the focus of the Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005, which will be held October 4 and 5 in Hall 4 at Messe Frankfurt. The international forum and marketplace should attract companies and research institutes active in the field of electrically conductive polymer research and application development.

The international conference programme offers more than 70 presentations by renowned speakers from industry and science who will be introducing the latest developments in organic electronics. Panel discussions with market analysts and representatives from venture capital companies will round out the programme.

Companies such as Bayer, Dai Nippon Printing, Dupont Teijin, MAN Roland, Merck, Nokia, Osram, Plastic Logic, PolyIC, Philips, Siemens, and Xerox will take part in the conference. Additionally, seven symposia will focus on specific aspects of organic electronics research areas, including flexible displays; lighting and signage; photovoltaics; sensors; printed electronics and smart packaging; hybrid systems; and smart textiles.

At the accompanying showcase, a place for information exchange between developers, manufacturers, and users, visitors will be able to receive information about the status of this young technology and rapidly growing new industry and to establish contacts with experts in this sector. The showcase will allow exhibitors to position themselves as first movers in this growth market, where the first products are expected to be introduced in 2006.

Billed as an event “where science and industry meet,” the “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005” was initiated by the Plastic Electronics Foundation and is being organized by that group in cooperation with the Organic Electronics Association (OEA) of the German engineering federation VDMA.

The “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase” The foundation has set up a science board and an industry board to coordinate the conference programme and select topics. Members are from well-known research institutes, universities, and companies.

OEA, a working group within VDMA, is the information and communication platform for companies and research institutes active in organic electronics. Its goal is to create the basic conditions necessary for the establishment of a competitive infrastructure for organic electronics in Germany and Europe.

New Interface Eases Chinese Access to On-Line Plastics Design Database

The international plastics database CAMPUS is distributed by a group of international resin suppliers, with M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH serving as the software supplier and technology partner of the CAMPUS consortium. Material Data Centre, also run by M-Base, is an Internet platform that offers a broad range of design data for plastics. One part of Material Data Centre, called WebView, contains the complete set of CAMPUS data sheets. Free access to WebView is available at www.materialdatacenter.com or at www.campusplastics.com.

As a consequence of the great success of CAMPUS and Material Data Centre in China, M-Base has developed a Chinese user interface for WebView in order to improve the accessibility of CAMPUS data for those more comfortable working in their native language. Recent studies show that more than 10% of all CAMPUS data requests come from China.

Those interested in using the Chinese version of CAMPUS WebView need only Internet access and a browser that has Chinese fonts.

EMO Promotes Mechanical Engineering as ‘Power Career’ for Young People

One of the highlights of EMO 2005 was its Special Youth Show, which was designed to attract new recruits to the mechanical engineering sector. This event was organized jointly by the VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) and the DMG-Trainingsakademie in Bielefeld, Germany. Under the motto “Mechanical Engineering: a Power Profession,” the 400-m² show tried to entice prospective engineers with what the profession has to offer, both now and in the future.

Young visitors were able to find out about jobs, key areas of activity, and development prospects in the manufacturing sector. They had the opportunity to talk to exhibitors, trainees and young engineers, and to make useful contacts.

The Special Youth Show was not the only EMO activity with educational goals. On September 15, EMO’s “Teachers’ Day,” teaching staff from colleges of further education were shown the latest technology for use in day-to-day lessons. The German Minister for Education and Research, Edelgard Bulmahn, attended the stand to participate in this special event.

XYZ’s Autumn Machine Tool Collection To Be Displayed in London Showroom

The new 3,000-ft² London showroom of XYZ Machine Tools Ltd. is to be the venue for the third in a series of upcoming open houses offered by the UK company in the next few weeks. The event, scheduled for November 23–24, will introduce a raft of new products to visitors from London, the Home Counties, and the South East. Following similar events at XYZ’s showrooms in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (October 11–12), and Blackburn, Lancashire (November 9–10), the London extravaganza, like its predecessors, will feature ex-demo machine tools available for sale at bargain prices.

Conveniently located off J26 of the M25, the showroom, on the new Waltham Point development 16 miles from the centre of London, is fully equipped for machine demonstrations. Among the attractions planned for the November open house are the BRM range of large-capacity CNC bridge mills; the manual/CNC ProTurn VL 555, XYZ’s largest-bore (104-mm) ProtoTrak-equipped lathe; the ProTurn 1630 SLX variable-speed lathe equipped with the ProtoTrak SLX control; the XL range of extra-large CNC lathes with up to 1,500 mm of swing and 10 m between centres; and the low-cost e range of milling, turning, and grinding machines.

Everyone is welcome, according to Nigel Atherton, XYZ’s managing director, “but a phone call or fax beforehand to preregister would certainly help with the catering.” More important, Atherton noted, with sales currently at record levels, prior notice of arrival will ensure that the machine the visitor most wants to see will be on display.

EuroMold Conference to Focus on Additive-Type Rapid Prototyping

DEMAT GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany, and Wohlers Associates Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado, are offering another international conference in conjunction with the EuroMold trade fair. This year’s conference, entitled Future Industrial Applications of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing,will take place Friday, December 2, in the Exhibition Centre Frankfurt.

The theme of the conference is a forward look at additive fabrication technologies in mainstream and emerging industries. Nine speakers will consider which methods and systems are proving most beneficial now and will discuss what the future seems to hold.

Additive processes in applications such as rapid prototyping are becoming increasingly popular in a growing range of industries, according to Wohlers Associates, an industry and market analysis firm. Pioneered in the automotive and aerospace industry around 15 years ago, the technology next was put to work in handheld electronic, power tools, footwear, sporting goods, and other applications. Lately, medical and dental device, architectural, jewelry, and microsystem firms have benefited from previously unthinkable applications of additive techniques.

“This conference, now in its seventh year, is one of the most important events at EuroMold,” said Diana Schnabel and Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executives at DEMAT, which organizes EuroMold, in a joint statement. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Wohlers in 1998, has endorsed the conference and is participating in it.

World-class speakers addressing a variety of topics involving additive fabrication techniques in rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing will be Martin Augsburg of BMW Group (Germany), Andy Christensen of Medical Modeling LLC (USA), John Hammond of Airbus (UK), Charles Overy of LGM (USA), Dr. Stephen Schmitt of Dental Implant Technologies (USA), Roger Spielman of Solid Concepts (USA), Ms. Lena Thorsson of Particular AB (Sweden), Graham Tromans of Loughborough University (UK), and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates.

Agie Charmilles’ Open House in Coventry, UK, Proves Popular

A record number of visitors attended the Productivity Plus Open House hosted by UK machine manufacturer Agie Charmilles Ltd. at its Coventry facility. The electrical discharge machining (EDM) and high-speed/5-axis machining specialist welcomed more than 130 visitors from 65 UK manufacturing companies to the October 11–13 event.

In addition to the large turnout, the company could take satisfaction in the fact that seven new machine tool orders were placed during the open house, which was designed to keep manufacturers up-to-speed with the latest EDM and milling product innovations and technology developments in the Agie, Mikron, Actspark, and Charmilles brands that had been showcased at the EMO exhibition in Hannover a few weeks before.

Many new machine tools were on view, but of particular interest were the new ultraprecision Agiecut duo-wire Vertex EDM machine for imparting superior surface finish especially to small parts and parts with microscale features; the highly flexible and productive Mikron UCP 600 high-performance 5-axis machining centre for complex, high-precision components; and the new Charmilles Roboform 350 GammaTEC spark-erosion machine and Robofil 2050 TW twin-wire EDM machine, high-end performers targeted at the mould tool and die and precision engineering sectors.

Visitors were also informed about the comprehensive non–machine tool business coordinated from Agie Charmilles’ Coventry facility. These services include EDM consumables, original spare and wear parts, System 3R work-holding solutions, and technical, applications, and after-sales service and support.

“Running our event straight after EMO proved to be the right thing to do,” said Tony Steels, managing director at Agie Charmilles. “Because many UK manufacturers do not attend EMO, it was always our intention to bring EMO to them.”

New Omnexus Internet Platform Launched for Engineers, OEMs, Designers

SpecialChem S.A., an Internet-based consultancy focusing on specialty chemicals and plastics, has announced the launch of the new Omnexus on-line platform dedicated to innovation and solutions through plastics and elastomers. The portal provides a continuous feed of reports on industry trends, a “polymer selector” to help engineers pick the right material for their projects, and industrial design support from a network of experts.

“Today, manufacturing industries are under strong pressure from low-cost producers based in emerging countries,” says Christophe Cabarry, founder and COO of SpecialChem. “We have been talking to many industrials recently, and their best way to fight cost competition is to innovate and reduce time to market. With Omnexus, we will provide industrial designers and engineers working in plastics and elastomers with technical services to create innovative products and implement better solutions, much faster.”

SpecialChem acquired Omnexus in December 2003 and has been canvassing the industry since then in preparation for improving, expanding, and relaunching the portal. The services offered through Omnexus are open to all designers and engineers involved in material selection and product design.

SpecialChem says that Omnexus should be especially helpful to those involved in high-tech industries such as automotive, electronics, packaging, appliances, medical, telecom, and audio/video. Membership to the Omnexus community is free of charge and gives access to all innovations and services.

“The new Omnexus is also an excellent way for suppliers serving the plastics and elastomers industry to promote new products and technologies,” Cabarry says. He adds that the port can “accelerate the introduction of their innovations, push complex solutions instead of raw materials, find new customers, or detect emerging market trends.”

SpecialChem, headquartered in Paris, supports a global community of more than 75,000 already registered industry professionals with efficient e-tools such as on-line databases and Web seminars. Through its network of industry experts, the company provides suppliers with marketing and business development services that are based on speed, targeting, global reach, and low-intensity use of resources.

AMBA Gears Up for Annual Convention March 18-23 on Amelia Island, Florida

Even if the weather isn’t exceptionally hot, a convention on Amelia Island, off the eastern coast of Florida, sounds quite appealing. And that’s the site of the American Mold Builders Association‘s annual convention, which will be held March 18-23 at the Amelia Island Plantation. The theme for the conference is “Creating the Competitive Edge,” with the goal of helping mold shops recognize their niches, develop strategies to be more competitive, learn better business practices, and updates themselves on the latest technologies.

Speakers include Craig Fitzgerald of Plante & Moran, who will address such issues as rates of return for lower-tier suppliers and the appeal of certain business models; returning speaker Steve LeFever, who will discuss succession planning; attorney Mark S. Mahoney, who will talk about preventing small problems from becoming legal nightmares; and Hommer Tool’s Jim Hommer, who will outline the ABCs of outsourcing. Hommer will focus on how partnering with other companies can help reduce both costs to manufacture and lead times.

AMBA’s annual convention will be further enhanced by speakers from System 3R, Pleasant Precision, and D-M-E.

Renishaw, Mercedes-Ilmor Renew Successful Technical Partnership

Following the conclusion of three-year inaugural technical partnership, a further three-year extension has been agreed upon by the British metrology firm Renishaw plc and Mercedes-Ilmor Ltd., supplier of championship-winning race engines to Mercedes-Benz.

The renewed partnership aims to continue the achievements of the earlier agreement signed in November 1999 by Renishaw and Ilmor Engineering Ltd. Despite a change of Ilmor’s ownership in December 2002, when Mercedes-Benz took a majority stake in the company, the newly renamed Mercedes-Ilmor has decided to maintain the partnership with Renishaw because of its positive contribution to its manufacturing operations.

“Working with Renishaw enables us to get the best from our machining operations,” says plant manager Adam Labudek. “Its products allow Mercedes-Ilmor to achieve the shortest possible lead times while ensuring the highest levels of component quality.”

Under the terms of the new partnership agreement, Renishaw will continue as Mercedes-Ilmor’s sole supplier of probing systems and machine tool performance testing products, with an increased focus on the field-testing of Renishaw’s metrology products at Mercedes-Ilmor’s main manufacturing site in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK.

Dustbin Office Use Mould

Dustbin for office use mould supplied by sino mould co.,ltd in China with high quality and good service.
Dustbin for office use mould could satisfied many buyer requirements ,no matter domestic or aboard.

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experience and exporter.
There is no doubt we are the best choice who could provide customer good service ,from dustbin office use 
mould design to deliver.
Dustbin office use mould need take the mould making technology account:
1. Dustbin office use mould means it didn’t have the high requirements of stock heaving rubbishes ,we could 
design based on the normal material.
2. Due to there is just need stock little rubbishes,so we should take the capacity account, there just need design 
the mould size should suitable for the normal trash bags.
3. Should take the mould life account. If customer need the dustbin office use mould with long mould life,then we 
could choice better mould, like 718.
4. Also should take the dustbin products weight account, because the when cut the products weight could save more material ,then could save cost.
5. Also dustbin office use mould also could use robot for products IML,then products could have many different film, 
colorful and different pattern. It could increase the dustbin special.
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We have the hole line from plastic mould to machine, even machine after sale service.

Medical devices and technology

The new medical devices and technology – how medical device manufacturers can reduce risks and costs
The medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers are constantly developing the innovative new medical devices in conjunction with the latest discoveries and advancement in medical technology. The development of new devices requires extensive testing and documentation prior to receiving FDA approval – a result that is not always certain and can easily drive up the costs of development. The need for lower cost techniques for prototyping medical devices, first articles and low volume parts is critical to achieve new developments at costs that can be justified. In addition, “in-house” control & confidentiality are essential during the product development phase.

Cutting costs in prototyping and testing
Prototyping requires low-volume production of parts for testing. In addition, many new medical devices contain a variety of plastic components. The applications may include medial plastic parts for medication dispensing devices, surgical instruments, blood analyzers, heart pumps, orthopedic devices, catheters, EKG units, oxygen dispensers, special electrical plugs and connectors, pacemaker components, thermometers, monitoring equipment, etc. It is necessary that “in-house” injection molding of plastic parts in the low quantities required for rapid prototyping be practical and economical.

MoST-Press plastic injection molding machine offers a significant role in developing these devices for the medical industry at an affordable level. Why? This equipment allows the use of far less expensive molds than would be required for production type molding machines. The utility and vertical operation of the equipment enables the user to make parts from these low cost molds – sometimes operating the plastic molds manually and without mounting in the equipment. By eliminating many of the high cost tooling features of the mold, overall project costs can be reduced into a sensible product development budget, while keeping the confidentiality of designs fully in-house.

Turn to the medical devices application experts for faster ROI
Proven in wide range of applications including pharmaceutical and medical devices, ST-Presses have a track record of reliable, profitable operation for hundreds of large and small companies representing various industries for over 30 years. Many ST-Press users state that their unit paid for itself within the first year. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We will assist you in identifying areas of cost saving opportunities for your specific applications.

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The Injection Molding Machines

The Morgan-Presses are versatile injection molding machines designed to reduce the costs of production.  Its unique design was especially developed to make injection molding of plastic molded parts practical and economical in the quantities required for rapid prototyping and low-volume production.  This makes it ideal for model shops,medical device manufacturers, R & D labs, and many other plastic injection molding applications that require short-run production needs.

Features on all Morgan’s injection molding machines:

  • Solid State Temperature Controllers – featuring digital set-point and readout, 3-mode proportioning and programmable controls, 0-800°F/0-430°C 1/8 DIN modular units.
  • Injection Speed Control – for adjusting injection speeds slower and faster where cavity fill rates are critical
  • Heavy duty cast aluminum construction
  • Hardened and chrome-plated barrels (material melt cylinders)
  • Precision ground chrome-plated stanchion rods
  • Generous 8″x11″ (maximum) mold plan area

Theory of injection molding


The theory of injection molding can be reduced to four simple individual steps: Plasticizing, Injection, Chilling, and Ejection. Each of those steps is distinct from the others and correct control of each is essential to the success of the total process.

Plasticizing – describes the conversion of the polymer material from its normal hard granular form at room temperatures, to the liquid consistency necessary for injection at its correct melt temperature.
Injection – is the stage during which this melt is introduced into a mold to completely fill a cavity or cavities.
Chilling – is the action of removing heat from the melt to convert it from a liquid consistency back to its original rigid state. As the material cools, it also shrinks.
Ejection – is the removal of the cooled, molded part from the mold cavity and from any cores or inserts.
Repetition of these basic steps in sequence is the process of injection molding.

The practice of injection molding
The practice of injection molding varies from the theory, only in as much as process limitations and available equipment affect it. Step by step process is explained in ST’s Cutting Costs in Short-run Plastic Injection Molding guide.

High-Performance Inspection Probe

High-Performance Inspection Probe
Introduced for Machining Centers

Renishaw Inc.‘s new OMP40 probe is a significant development that brings the benefits of automated part set-up and in-cycle gaging to small machining centers and high-speed cutting machines. With the OMP40, you can realize the benefits of probing, including reductions in set-up times of up to 90%, reduced scrap due to setting errors, reduced fixture costs, and improved process control.

The OMP40 uses miniaturized electronics that allow an ultra-compact probe that is 40 mm (diameter) by 50 mm (length), while still delivering a metrology performance of 1µm repeatability.

The OMP40 operates with Renishaw’s optical signal transmission system and is a further development in the company’s extensive range of products for machining centers. It was designed to meet a demand for probing on small machining centers and an expanding family of high-speed machines fitted with small HSK and small-taper spindles.

The OMP40 features a 360° optical transmission system with a range of up to 3 m, allowing probe operation in any spindle orientation. The result is simplified system installation and set-up on small machine tools, making the OMP40 suitable for retrofitting to machines without probing.

 

Latest Version of Handbook on
Machine Tool Resources Now Available

The latest version of a valuable resource on the world machine tool industry is now available from The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The 2002-2003 Economic Handbook of the Machine Tool Industry offers the latest information on the US and global machine tool industries. It covers employment, machine tool shipments, machine tools in use, and the financial condition of the industry by location.

The handbook contains approximately 300 pages including written overviews and an explanation of terms. Both product-specific and country-specific data are included. Information on capital equipment purchases is broken out for several major consuming industries.

 

AMBA Creates New Chapter for
Northern Ohio; 22 Firms Sign On

One of the more extensive association for the mold industry and one dedicated to mold makers is the American Mold Builders Association which has announced the organization of its 12th chapter, the Northern Ohio Chapter. In a summer meeting, 36 individuals from 22 companies throughout Ohio agreed to the formation of an official chapter. Dave Hunt, vice president of Hunt Machine & Manufacturing Co. in Tallmadge, Ohio, will serve as chapter president. Hunt is the third generation of his family to operate the 50-year-old mold making business. Assisting Hunt on the steering committee to select officers and committee members are Tom Nahodil and Dave Kuhary of Industrial Mold & Machine in Twinsburg, Ohio.

AMBA has grown from its original roots as a Chicago-based group to a national trade association with over 400 member companies with 9,000 employees and representing in excess of $2 billion in annual tooling sales. AMBA has chapters in Arizona, the Carolinas, California, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indiana, Minnesota, Upstate New York, and three chapters in Michigan.

plastic injection molding manufacturer

With plastic injection molding, many parts might be made simultaneously (using the same mold). Plastic injection molding companies apply various different molding techniques to produce plastic components. These strategies incorporate thermoplastic and thermosetting injection molding, transferring to resin, blow molding, gyratory molding, compression molding, thermoforming, structural foam molding and many others.

Plastic injection molding is an extremely technological process. It requires experts in this kind of manufacturing business it to be competitive to the market. Consequently, a very scientific and systematic study must be first made before starting this opportunity. If you are planning to go directly into plastic injection molding business, you need to first know the different processes. Choose from a plastic injection molding process that matches your budget, your expertise, and your resources. Some plastic injection molding manufactures take your current strategy from primary prototype by means of production, delivery and finishing.

plastic injection molding manufactures
plastic injection molding manufactures

They’ve got an experienced staff of experienced engineers, designers and toolmakers who work with clients from building the concept to making the prototype also to the manufacturing from the precise custom mold. Serious trading mistakes sophisticated computer system assisted design and technology and also the latest equipment, they might produce clients with a technically exceptional mold and assure every product’s success.

It’s recommended to decide on vendors that are quickly, flexible and customer-driven, especially if you would like great amounts and quick transformation or specific little volume operates. Choose plastic injection molding companies which may have state-of-the-art injection molding amenities and machines that differ within weight from 75 to 500 tons.

See if they have full scale thermoplastic and thermosetting capabilities with computer aided manufacturing, skilled machine operators and first class level of quality assurance team. This guarantees that their output experiences high-quality plastic injection molding, which it appears the test of time.

Plastic Molds business

You may be considering casting (sometimes called “pouring”) molds using concrete, cement, plaster, ceramic material, wax, soap, and even hypertufa is used as a medium.

Plastic Mold (sometimes spelled “plastic mould“) can be made from a variety of materials. There are latex or rubber molds. These are generaly expensive to purchase and take a fair amount of expertise to use. They give great detail and beautiful results when used properly.

Many of these are made to order, so delivery time is 3 -5 weeks after you have placed an order and paid your money. This is a long wait if you are just starting off in the hobby or business.

Your investment in plastic molds will be considerable and even with several hundred dollars worth of molds you may only have 5 – 10 different castings to offer your customers.

I recommend that you start with the much cheaper and easier to use rigid or semi rigid plastic molds. They are  inexpensive and will give you an excellent feel for mixing and casting whichever medium you are interested in. If you invest $150 to $200 in these you will have 20 or 30 different castings to sell and be well on your way to making some money!

Plastic molds can normally be ordered and delivered within 5 -7 working days. You are in business as soon as you recieve your molds as most retailers will include instuctions. These molds are very durable and will give you a great start in you casting business.

The choice is yours. 

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plastic injection molding industry

Right from 1960s, pressure transmitters are being used in plastic injection molding industry for different aspects. Nowadays, most of the manufacturers in this industry are using them with the objective of obtaining perfection to their molds. In the present competitive market, only when the finished products are offered with good quality, businessmen will be in a position to stand out of the competition. Above all, in the current situation where pressure transducers are being designed by many professional firms their applications in different industries have gained popularity these days. Now, the answer to question as to why they should be used in plastic injection molding industry is as follows: 

With the help of pressure transmitters, people in the mold making industry can get precise and accurate information about the performance of the tool in the process of production and they will be in a position to gain other information as well and they are:

1. How is the balance of the tool getting affected at various fill speeds

2. The effect that is caused to the final part at different temperature levels

3. How does the outcome gets affected by different cooling temperatures

In addition to the aforesaid information, the users will also be in a position to understand about the effect of molding pressure on components with the help of differential pressure transmitters.

plastic injection molding
plastic injection molding

People in the plastic injection molding industry can make use of the precise data provided by the pressure transducers for helping out their customers, who have spend huge sums of money. This is because, nowadays, the cost of this equipment has largely reduced as compared to what it was in the past and above all with the advancement of information precise data can be obtained with the help of this equipment. Customers can now send the required model of mold electronically with the help of the solid model of differential pressure transmitters. This in turn avoids the possibility of poor installation and location of the mold making machine.

As mentioned earlier, usage of pressure transducers in the process of production can enable the plastic injection molding industry people to gain a competitive edge against their competitors operating at global level. Above all, in the current world where usage of sophisticated equipment is highly found with the objective of attaining perfection, the best idea is to make use of pressure transducers in the injection molding unit. This is applicable for all manufacturers aiming at utmost perfection in their finished products of injection molds.

Mold Manufacturer China

HYX Mould as a a profession mold manufacturer China company was keeping on researching and developing on plastic mold tooling during the past 11 years mould making. One R&D team with 11 people who are professional in various mould structures and have more than 10 years’ mould design and manufacturing experiences.

  • Mould researching:

During the past 11 years, HYX mould successfully did the researching of below mentioned mould making points.
How to make the hot runner housing on the mould accurate?
How to quick avoid the deforming of the mould plate after rough milling?
How to make the high speed thin-wall mould?
How to make gas aided PC injection molding mould?
How to make in mould labeling by normal plastic label?
How to inspect the different plastic parts? By working out many different types of plastic parts’ standard inspection data.
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Mold Manufacturer China
Mold Manufacturer China
  • Mould Developing:

HYX Mould have gained the fruitful achievements of mould service and tooling ranges’ developing:

  • PVC FITTING DIA.32mm collapsible core system mould

 Succeed in providing collapsible core mould (the minimum diameter of this industry) with a fine solution and prolonging the mould’s working life. Offer customers a great scientific support in producing collapsible core pipe fitting mould.

Bi-injection mould meets the new requirements of the plastic industry. Its product ranges from car lamp, commodities, children toy and airline tableware, etc. In order to meet customers’ different needs, HYX has specially developed double color mould with different structures, including double color mould with rotary mould structure and hot runner double color injection mould.

  • 120 Cavity PET Preform Mould

For realizing multi cavity and high efficiency, HYX Packaging Mould Company has specially developed 120 cavity PET preform mould and hot runner valve gate system. Through robot cooling system out of mould, it increases the PET preform mould’s production rate. Equipped with Dakumar PET preform special machinery, it realizes an efficient production line integrated with mould, injection machine and robot, and fulfills the special needs of many beverage packaging companies.

  • 48 Cavity Medical PET testing Tube Mould
  • 4 Cavity Crate Mould

With breakthrough thinking and continuous development, crate mould has become one of the distinctive moulds in HYX. In 2007, HYX has firstly developed 2 cavity crate mould in the industry, and obtained customers’ satisfactory feedback. In two years, HYX mould has continuously exported over 20 sets of 2 cavity high speed mould with copper-beryllium. At the end of 2008, HYX Holdings Group’s R&D department has made a new breakthrough. 4 cavity crate mould with copper-beryllium has been carried out. Thus, one set of crate mould can produce 11,520 products per day, and the output has increased 8 times comparing to the common 1 cavity mould.

  • IML System

IML solution is carried out by branches of HYX Holdings Group. With the coordination of IML Mould, High Speed Injection Moulding Machine, Valve Gate Hot Runner System and High Speed IML Robot, the fastest production rate comes to 4.5 seconds per shot for 1 L ice cream bucket, and can produce barrel-shaped thin wall product with 16 cavities. This technologyl has achieved the Nr.1 in China, and taken the leading place in the world.
During these years R&D, as the mould maker, we found that researching can make a mould manufacturer optimize the mould structure to improve the mould quality. As because there is no mould design is the best, we only can make it better.

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Custom Plastic Mold

Custom plastic Mold

plastic molds can be divided into compression molding mold, injection mold, extrusion mold, blow mold hollow products, thermoforming molds depend on press molding method. In addition to the above listed types of plastic mold, there are other forms of plastic mold. Such as the slush mold, reaction injection mold, foam mold, low pressure fiberglass reinforced plastic molding mold. But no matter what a plastic mold of acceptance should meet the following six basic requirements:

  1. The product forming process, the mold structure and production process analysis. Plastic mold tooling service life should be at least 30 million times.
  2. The mold must be designed to complete the structure and processing parts, and assembly requirements and the proposed injection molding process requirements.
  3. No plastic parts appearance quality defects (such as shrinkage, etc.) or die structure (such as sub-surface setting, gate setting, tool life can not be guaranteed and so on).
  4. The appearance of mold: Mold must ensure that the appearance of rust-free, no hit marks, no defects such as module ground defects.
  5. Mold Transportation: Transportation must be installed on the mold clamping piece, packaging solid, rust-proof.
  6. Mold information: delivery, while in the mold, the mold must provide a set of wearing parts and maintenance of reference materials

Below we are talking about one of custom plastic mold is Crate mold which listed in injection mold, specially we should say plastic injection mold

Crate mold-Thw Ways of Crate Mould Maintenance

Choosing the right documentation software may prove essential in helping crate mould makers collaborate while promoting the principles autonomous maintenance. The right software can help companies develop visual, step-by-step process documentation (procedures that include diagrams, color photos and videos), which enables shops to establish a set of standardized instructions for everything from plastic crate mould cleaning and repair to safety procedures.

While incredibly important, maintenance and cleaning are also tedious and require precise attention to detail. No one really gets

excited about doing them. So, in a busy shop where customers demand quick turnarounds, preventative maintenance often gets

pushed to the back burner. After all, it’s a time-consuming job. It takes a careful, patient and knowledgeable hand to

complete the process correctly.

The right software won’t just aid in the documentation, it can also be the foundation of a shop-wide communication system— a way to distribute expertise from master to journeyman. Even when experts are tied up on other tasks,

their insights can still be referenced by less- experienced workers. You don’t need to look over someone’s shoulder to explain exactly the right way to do a job. The system should handle that for you.

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Plastic injection molding Manufacturing

Plastic injection molding Manufacturing

Plastic Molds and Plastic injection molding is one of the most commonly used molding processes used globally. There are many interesting facts regarding plastic injection molding machines. Injection molding machines vary in sizes they can range to a size of table to as large as your whole room as well. Some injection molding machines have the capacity to produce around 200million plastic molds in one year.

The prices of injection molding machines are also very high. A latest technology molding machines can easily cost $750,000. There are also some molding machines which requires no human resource to operate them they are totally automated. Molding machines needs to be operated with lot of safety and precautions because if a person’s gets in between the mold during the production run the person will be completely crushed into half. Plastic injection molding machines also requires a lot of maintenance which mostly depends on the number of hours the machine is operated daily.

In order to produce consistent plastic parts that too at the fastest cycle time possible to reduce injection molding cost, you need to basically produce its parts in the injection molding process, because it helps in designing and building a mold that will help achieve the above target. There are plastic types that need a cold mold whereas there are some that require hotter mold.

You can do the better cooling mold in various ways depending up the type of plastic to reduce cycle time, but there is this common practice that is followed at a large scale for doing the cooling mold is by drilled holes which basically create a circuit consisting of an in port as well as an out port. This practice is suitable for plastic parts which happen to be square or rectangular. They can also be made the most of by using them in the mold plates as per the need.

By using this method, you are potentially saving more money because this method happens to very economical when it comes to installing water into an injection mold. Just as you would do the cooling of the mold, it is advisable that you do the heating mold up to 200°F. In case the plastic you are dealing with, requires some hotter temperature, then you will need to use hot oil in the waterlines.

We have shared with you some of the most common options that you find available for doing mold cooling in injection molding. There’s this point which must not be done and should be avoided which is to not let mold size as well as the mold cost cause you to actually clear off the corners on the mold cooling by cutting.

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