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Published: 8/1/2019

Faster Barrel Heating Makes for Speedier Startups
Swapping out OEM ceramic heater bands with special insulated TCS (Thermal Control Solution) heater bands saves California molder time and energy.

Published: 8/1/2019

Understanding—and Using—Decompression to Your Advantage
Decompression—aka suckback—is a very important setting on an injection molding machine. On today’s machines, molders typically get the option to set decompression before and after screw rotation/recovery. Are they using this featur...

Published: 8/1/2019

PART 2: The Importance of Mold Temperature When Processing Polycarbonate
Don’t be afraid to increase mold temperature to improve part quality when making PC parts. Take a look at a few examples here.

Published: 7/31/2019

K 2019 Preview: Injection Molding Goes for the ‘Green’
‘Circular Economy’ joins Industry 4.0 as common themes of injection molding exhibits in Düsseldorf.

Published: 7/1/2019

AUTOMATION—PART 2 When to Consider Six-Axis Articulated-Arm Robots
Extraordinary versatility suits articulated-arm robots to a wide variety of operations, from loading inserts and unloading parts to decorating, assembly and testing. They also pair well with Cartesian robots. Many mounting options and improved ...

Published: 7/1/2019

Automate ... or Else
If your molding process isn’t automated, it’s likely not as efficient as it can be. 

Published: 7/1/2019

‘Cobot’ Molding Assistants Take on New Challenges
They’re not just for packing boxes anymore. Collaborative robots are proving themselves capable of more sophisticated machine-tending tasks.

Published: 7/1/2019

AUTOMATION—PART 1 Why Cartesian Robots Are the All-Around Choice for Injection Molding
This first of three articles on automation for injection molders explains why Cartesian (linear) robots are molders’ first choice in a large majority of applications. Two following articles make the case for, respectively, articulated and coll...

Published: 7/1/2019

How to Deal With Residual Stress in Molded Parts
Here are design, molding, and fixturing considerations to help you handle this unavoidable issue.

Published: 6/1/2019

Rethinking Machine Nozzle Tips: Hybrid Design Boosts Flexibility, Efficiency
New cold-sprue and hot-runner nozzle tips promise utility across a wide range of materials, eliminating the need to swap out different tips for different jobs while also promising to solve scrap and process issues.