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Published: 4/26/2012

All About ‘Cushion’
What it means. Why it's important.

Published: 3/26/2012

Getting Good Data from DOE
How do you know what process variables control a part’s dimensions or other properties? A properly conducted DOE is the answer—but incorrect procedure will yield useless data.

Published: 2/21/2012

Improve Profits by Graphing Injection Pressure
Graphing is a powerful aid in optimizing the process and troubleshooting both process and machine issues.

Published: 1/28/2012

What to Calibrate on Your Press
There are different approaches to meeting the goal of making parts identically. At the heart of all them is the process or the machine setup sheet. My bet would be you cannot find two that are identical.

Published: 12/27/2011

Why Multi-Cavity Molds Fill Unevenly
Balanced filling is critical for making identical parts, achieving high CPKs, holding tight tolerances, and getting “good” data from design of experiments.

Published: 11/28/2011

What Percentage of Barrel Capacity Should Your Shot Size Be?
The answer combines both experience and science, and it may be one of those molding details that gets overlooked but could be stealing a chunk of your profits.

Published: 10/25/2011

Plasticating Rates: Your Profits Are at Stake
To get the best cycle time you need the right machine, and few molders take the time to specify this critical component of the process.

Published: 9/30/2011

Calculate Shot Size Vs. Barrel Capacity
It may seem like a dull topic, but it will overcome the emotional experience that follows when you put a new mold into a machine and you find out there is not enough barrel capacity to make a full shot.

Published: 8/23/2011

Short Shots Redux
Deliberately making a short shot permits you to do a scientific molding viscosity curve. It will also prevent you from damaging the mold by overpacking if you set shot size incorrectly.

Published: 6/27/2011

Mold Filling Simulation: What, When, Why, How
Mold-filling analysis is the right direction to go, but if you want to arrive at your destination—good parts and an efficient process—you’ll need to pay attention to all the details and select an experienced professional to do the ...