Inter-Mold Technology

APLIX, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) has designed a line of fasteners using an inter-mold® technology, which is also referred to as injection molded hook (IMH). The hooks are formed directly in plastic parts by the IMH process during a standard injection molding cycle (one-shot)—eliminating the need to use an adhesive-backed hook fastener and the labor to apply the hook to the part.

APLIX, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) has designed a line of fasteners using an inter-mold® technology, which is also referred to as injection molded hook (IMH). The hooks are formed directly in plastic parts by the IMH process during a standard injection molding cycle (one-shot)—eliminating the need to use an adhesive-backed hook fastener and the labor to apply the hook to the part. The inter-mold process is environmentally friendly and the part looks better as the hook fields are "designed in". The company specifies the pocket size with tolerances to house the inserts and the ejection required to remove the hook fields. Therefore, the mold designer can ensure that there is nothing that can be damaged (i.e. water lines) when cutting the pockets and design ejection systems accordingly. The mold designer needs to know the specific recommendations to eject the inter-mold hook field so they can take this into consideration when designing the overall part ejection.