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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.

Published: 7/16/2015

TOOLING: The Impact of Hydraulics on Tool Design
Get a better understanding of their use, proper sizing, and how the tool design and setup in the machine can impact failures in manufacturing.

Published: 7/1/2015

TOOLING: How to Vent Mold Details
Principles to follow in venting bosses, ribs, pins, cores, slides, and lifters.

Published: 5/25/2015

TOOLING: Venting: Where And How Deep?
After last month’s introduction to the subject, let’s get into the details on vent depths, land lengths, and the alternatives to perimeter venting.