TOOLING KNOW HOW

What You Need to Know About Blade Ejectors: Part 1

Follow these guidelines to prevent premature wear, flash and galling.

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Join us September 21-23 for a first-of-its-kind event that brings under one roof our annual Molding and Extrusion Conferences, together with the Amerimold Expo. 

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 4 of 4

This fourth and final installment focuses on labor, packaging, secondary operations and various assorted details.

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 3

Follow these detailed tips to get the jobs you want. This installment focuses on the mold and the molding machine.
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Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 1

Follow these detailed tips to get you the jobs you want. This installment focuses on the various raw material aspects of quoting.

Tooling: The Lowdown on Guided Ejection Systems

  When, where, how and why to use them.  
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Tooling: Back to Basics On Die Springs--Part 2

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

Tooling: How to Properly Size, Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 3

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.

Tooling: How to Properly Size, Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 2

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.

Part 1: How to Properly Size Gates, Runners and Sprues

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around—without spending a lot of time on extremely complicated formulas.
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Solving Issues with Gloss

Your problem may be related to tooling, material, processing, or combinations thereof. Here’s how to find the root cause.
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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
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Save Time, Money: Use a Mold-Design Checklist

Here are 15 examples of common molding issues that occur during an initial mold trial. Many of them could be avoided or corrected with a proactive checklist. 

Part 2 The Basics of Tapered Interlocks

When, where, and how to use them.

Part 2: How to Prevent Nozzle Tip Leaks

Your very costly mold in that very expensive press is relying on the performance of a $20 nozzle tip that no one ever checks, and has a high probability of not doing its job. Stop learning from your mistakes and start learning how not to make them.  

Part 1: How to Prevent Nozzle Tip Leaks

Instead of learning from your mistakes, stop making them in the first place. 
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Part 1: The Basics of Tapered Interlocks

Various types of interlocks are available to molders. Here, we discuss the oldest and most common types of interlocks—those with a tapered or angular shutoff.
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Part 2: Why Shoulder Bolts are Too Important to Ignore

Follow these tips and tricks for a better design.
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Shoulder Bolts: Why They’re Too Important to Ignore (Part 1)

These humble but essential fasteners used in injection molds are known by various names and used for a number of purposes.

Where and How to Vent Injection Molds: Part 3

Questioning several “rules of thumb” about venting injection molds.

Part 2: Back to Basics on Mold Venting

Here’s how to get the most out of your stationary mold vents.