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Published: 5/26/2016

TOOLING: The Tool’s Impact On the Molding Process
Flash, venting, cooling, gating, or sticking problems? Better to fix the tool than distort your process.

Published: 4/25/2016

TOOLING: Hot Runners: A View from the Trenches
I conclude this three-part examination of real-world problems and solutions involving hot runners by focusing on heaters, thermocouples, and controls. Part 3 of 3.

Published: 3/24/2016

TOOLING: Straight Talk on Hot Runners
Here’s a view from the trenches of a tooling manager who, over 30 years, has experienced the joys and pains of using virtually every type of hot runner on the market. Part 2.

Published: 2/22/2016

TOOLING: Hot Runners: A View from the Bottom Up
Addressing hot-runner benefits, improvements, and everyday issues from the perspective of decades of experience with probably every brand on the market. Part 1 of 2.

Published: 1/20/2016

TOOLING: Repairing Molds in the Press: Part 3
This is the final part of a series on tooling in the press. This column will cover repairs that can be accomplished in the press.

Published: 12/21/2015

TOOLING: Designing Molds for Easy Cleaning & Maintenance in the Press
Pay attention to water leaks and rust, proper grease selection, vent buildup, and checks for wear.

Published: 11/23/2015

TOOLING: Designing Molds for Easy Maintenance in the Press, Part 1
Attention to design of cooling, ejection, and slides can save downtime and maintenance headaches.

Published: 10/26/2015

TOOLING: Dealing with Lifters--Part 2
This installment delves into more detail on some variables of design and fitting/timing of the lifters, which can cause issues or failures during molding.

Published: 9/26/2015

TOOLING: Having Trouble with Lifters?
Lifters can cause tool maintenance, repair, and processing issues if not designed properly. Here we begin a series on how to avoid all this.

Published: 8/17/2015

TOOLING: The Impact of Hydraulics on Tool Design
Here are more tips on using hydraulically actuated devices on your tools.