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Screw Speed Versus Recovery Time
Many molders don't take screw-rotation speed into account when developing a process for a new mold. Here's why they should.
Columns Published: 3/21/2014
Shutting Down & Starting Up An Injection Molding Machine
Whether your press is going down for repairs, a holiday, or a slow production schedule, proper shut-down and start-up procedures must be followed.
Columns Published: 2/25/2014
Melt Flow Rate Testing–Part 8
Here are the steps to take in cases where the MFR is not provided by the polymer supplier.
Columns Published: 2/25/2014
How to Set Barrel Zone Temps
Start by picking a target melt temperature, and double-check data sheets for the resin supplier’s recommendations. Now for the rest...
Columns Published: 1/23/2014
How to Establish an Acceptable Range for Pressure at Transfer
Pressure at transfer tells you the viscosity of the resin, providing the fill time is the same. Monitoring pressure at transfer—or better yet, the integral under the pressure vs. time curve—provides insight into the process.
Columns Published: 12/29/2013
Minimizing Black Specks
Black specks in molded parts are one of the most infuriating problems to resolve on the shop floor. Here's how to fix them.
Columns Published: 11/26/2013
How to Stop Flash
Troubleshooting flash is complicated, and often there is a lot of tail-chasing on the shop floor in trying to get a solution. This approach should lead you to the solution via a data-driven procedure.
Columns Published: 10/24/2013
Don’t Forget the Cold Slug Well
Its primary function—as the name suggests—is to act as a trap, or “well,” for the cold slug.
Columns Published: 9/23/2013
‘Auto Compensate’ Your Press To Handle Viscosity Variations
Here's how to put your injection molding machine on cruise control to make consistently good parts even in the face of material viscosity variations.
Columns Published: 8/26/2013
Level Your Press in an Hour or Less
A level injection molding machine is necessary to keep producing high-quality parts. Here's how to do it right.
Columns Published: 7/29/2013

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