TOOLING

Automotive

Barnes Group Announces Restructuring

The company, whose portfolio companies include Synventive, Thermoplay, männer, Foboha, Priamus and Gammaflux, will cut approximately 400 jobs globally.

Molds & Tooling

Tooling: Hose Provides Flexible Cooling

Hasco’s TempFlex Z976/ and Z977/ metal-braided hose provides assembly, interchangeability, and adaptability to any groove pattern. 

Injection Molding

Coronavirus Test Kits Test MGS’ Manufacturing Mettle

MGS Manufacturing is marshalling its injection molding, moldmaking and automation skills in a tightly compressed timeline to outfit the equivalent of a full-scale injection molding plant for COVID-19 test kits.
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Molds & Tooling

Achieving Continuous Improvement Using SMED Programs

A good SMED quick changeover program can help optimize financial performance by converting non-value-add time into value-add time.
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Mold Maintenance

How to Properly Maintain Aluminum Injection Molds

Aluminum and steel tools have some important differences, but also one key similarity: Routine maintenance will extend the mold’s life and boost the quality of its output.
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Tooling Know How

Tooling: How to Properly Size Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 4

How to get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.
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Molds & Tooling

Attention Moldmakers: Amerimold Goes Live

Live and on-demand sessions, exhibitor showrooms, a community forum and more—Amerimold is online June 9-13, register now for free.

Film Extrusion

Coronavirus Doubles Demand for Used Blow Molding Machines

Demand for hand sanitizer, alcohol, cleaning products and beverages is reportedly straining capacity in blow molding.

Additive Manufacturing

Printing Platform Allows Introduction, Orientation of Functional Fillers

A 3D printing startup technology’s ability to evenly disperse functional additives to photopolymers and align reinforcing fibers within the resin during cure is drawing moldmaking interest.

Medical

Injection Molding: Mold Dehumidifier Adds Germ- and Virus-Free Version

Blue Air Systems’ DMS (Dry Mould System) provides aseptic dehumidification of tools for a germ and virus-free molding atmosphere.