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Published: 4/23/2014

INJECTION MOLDING: ‘Know Your Machine’
Many molders think they “know their machine,” but in reality do not. They get consumed by the demands of day-to-day production requirements and lose sight of the big picture.

Published: 3/21/2014

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.

Published: 2/25/2014

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.

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.

Published: 1/23/2014

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...

Published: 12/29/2013

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.

Published: 11/26/2013

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.

Published: 10/24/2013

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.

Published: 9/23/2013

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.

Published: 8/26/2013

‘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.