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Published: 2/22/2015

TOOLING: What You Can Do About Mold Buildup
It depends on the materials and additives you use, and the kinds of mold detail, but adequate venting, not overheating the material, and mold coatings are your best defenses.

Published: 1/27/2015

TOOLING: Ejectors: Watch That ‘Unsupported Length’
It may be an unfamiliar term, but it’s the key to preventing ejector-pin deflection and breakage

Published: 12/29/2014

TOOLING: Designing the Tool for the Material
To design a mold for the widest processing window and the fewest problems, start by considering the conditions imposed by the material being run.

Published: 11/24/2014

The Importance of Gate Geometry
Gate size and shape—unlike gate location—don’t often get the attention they deserve. Many common assumptions about gate geometry deserve to be challenged

Published: 10/23/2014

TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part Two
Parting-line maintenance, mold spotting, and machine conditions can all contribute to flash.

Published: 9/22/2014

TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part 1
A robust process window relies a lot on tooling. So it stands to reason that making a tool change to address issues provides a more robust solution

Published: 6/19/2014

TOOLING: Balancing the Heat Budget In Injection Molds
Basic formulas for how much heat you must pull out of the mold to achieve a set cycle time

Published: 10/24/2013

How to Start a Hot-Runner Mold That Has No Tip Insulators
Here's a method to assist with efficient dark-to-light color changes on hot-runner systems that are hot-tipped.

Published: 12/28/2012

Maintenance Training? Show Me the Money
Training works best if a goals are set and a plan is established to meet them.

Published: 10/26/2012

The Cost of Doing Nothing
Most people usually associate costs with doing something.