Molding, Then and Now
Now in its 25th year, the annual Molding conference began in 1991 with a different name and in a different location, but it’s primary goal remains the same: “help people in the industry learn quickly about the latest developments in plastics processing.”
That quote from Amos Golovoy who in 1991 in New Orleans launched what is today Molding 2015 but was then “Advances in Polymer Processing”. In 1994, the event’s name was changed to Molding, but the goal then as now was to help people in plastics make better parts faster. That was a particular area of interest back then for Golovoy who was working for automotive OEM Ford Motor Co.
“At Ford Research, I was involved in research on plastics properties and processing,” Golovoy says. “The general knowledge in the area was diffuse. I thought a conference that focused on plastics processing would help.”
Back in 1991, the main conference sessions covered injection molding, rapid prototyping, mold making, computer aided engineering (CAE) and molding simulation. At the second conference, presentations examined gas assist, co-injection, SCORIM, automated molding cells, robotics, metallic lost core technology, and more.
Speakers came from some recognizable companies, which have since changed their names and/or ownership, including Battenfeld of America, Co-Mack, Lexmark, Mannesmann Demag, Wittmann Robots, and Pitney Bowes among others.
Some important injection molding topics the conference has covered over the years include:
- Gas assist
- Co-injection and multi-materials molding
- In-mold processing (assembly, coating, labeling, decorating)
- Automated molding cells
- Clean Room medical molding
- ‘Green’ molding
- LSR Molding
“Individuals come and go,” Golovoy remembers, “but the majority of speakers and attendees are from the molding industry, resins suppliers, and OEMs.”