KNOW-HOW - INJECTION MOLDING

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Injection Molding: Safety First—Know the Compatibility of Different Resins

Certain materials don’t play well together when mixed. So it’s best not to. Here are some guidelines.
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Injection Molding: Process Documentation Is Crucial to Making ‘Identical’ Parts

Use a machine/mold setup sheet to document plastic parameters and use them on any acceptable machine into which the mold is placed.
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Injection Molding: A Practical Approach to Calculating Residence Time

Toss the formulas. The best way to determine residence time is to conduct a simple experiment.
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Injection Molding: How Backpressure Adjustments Influence Shot Size

Raising backpressure results in increasing shot size, which can cause a host of other problems.
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Injection Molding: 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...
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Injection Molding: Melting Amorphous vs. Semi-Crystalline Plastics

Understanding the differences in how each melts is crucial to obtaining melt uniformity.
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Injection Molding: Nozzle Heaters & Thermocouples: A Case of Wiring Done Wrong

Incorrect placement of wires for these components frustrates molders and costs them money to boot.
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Injection Molding: No, Backpressure Does NOT Raise Melt Temperature

It’s a classic confusion between cause and effect. Melt temperature rises when screw speed is increased. Check out this data.
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Injection Molding: DOEs Done Right

Doing DOEs for the sake of doing them wastes time and money. But they can provide vital information to determine which process variable is determining a critical part characteristic.
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Injection Molding: Put Out the Production Fire Once and for All

A deliberate approach to failure assessment, root-cause analysis, solution development, and continued monitoring is the only way to get off the treadmill of chasing the latest production problem.