TOOLING

Mold Simulation

Injection Molding: Updated Mold-Filling Analysis Is 30% Faster

Coretech System of Taiwan says its new Moldex3D 2020 solver averages 30% faster calculations than the preceding R17 version with the same computing hardware.

Molds & Tooling

Trade in Molds for Plastics Manufacturing: A V-shaped Recovery

U.S. exports of plastics molds in June were 36% above June 2019, and imports were up 4% from a year ago. Both exports and imports of molds are back to pre-COVID-19 levels. This could be an indication that demand from plastics processors has picked up in both domestic and export markets since the lockdown in March.

Medical

Graham Partners Assembles Medical Molding Group

Investment firm has funded a new conglomerate of three medical injection molders.

Injection Molding

Tooling: Back to Basics On Die Springs--Part 2

Follow these steps for proper die-spring selection and installation.
#dies #bestpractices

Automation

Clear Your Calendars for Plastics Technology 'Tech Days'

Beginning Oct. 8, we will be bringing exclusive, live, online technical content on a wide range of processing topics that you can access for free.
#bestpractices #industry4-0 #dies

Hot Runners

Hot Runners: Control for Hydraulic Needle Drives; Wear-Resistant Design for Abrasive Resins; and Specialized Film Insert Molding System

HRSflow has introduced a trio of developments, offering precision needle control in hydraulic systems, wear-resistant hot runners for filled resins, and a line targeting film insert molding (FIM), for the back molding capacitive films, for example.

Mold Simulation

Injection Molding: Improved Flatness Analysis in Upgraded CAE Molding Simulation Package

More precise and quantitative flatness analysis of injection molded parts is possible with the new version of Moldex3D CAE molding simulation.

Molds & Tooling

Tooling: Back to Basics on Die Springs Part 1

Some molding shops insist that all of their molds have springs to return the ejector plates. And there are lots from which to choose. Here we’ll focus on compression die springs for injection molds.
#bestpractices #dies

Molds & Tooling

Metal vs. Polymer 3D-Printed Mold Tooling: Which is “Better?”

“Better” is the wrong metric—instead, molders should understand the key differences between tooling and appreciate where in the product lifecycle each technology fits best.

Molds & Tooling

Molds for Plastics Monthly Trade Monitor

This monthly trade statistics report—developed by Perc Pineda, PhD, Plastics Industry Association’s Chief Economist—includes monthly and year-over-year analysis of U.S. plastics mold trade. In this report, exports and imports of plastics molds are broken down by HTS number and by country, providing deeper insights on export market growth and import trends by product and country of origin.
#economics