Progressive Components

235 Industrial Dr.
Wauconda, IL 60084 US


A Message from Progressive Components

Company Profile

Progressive Components, headquartered near Chicago, Illinois, develops and distributes components for the production tooling industry.

Z-Series Locks from Progressive Components

New Z-Series Alignment LocksZ-Series Alignment Locks have been engineered to outperform other styles.

As Seen In MoldMaking Technology

Group at RJG Inc. readies for injection mold tryout.

Collaboration Key to Completing Puzzle Mold for Training
Collaborative manufacturing is what helped make an apprenticeship training program and a scientific molding training program come together in the form of a puzzle mold on July 21.

Progressive Components Introduces New Component Certification Program
New program helps mold buyers verify mold specification compliance.

Throwback Thursday: Testing Engineered Options for Mold Alignment
Performance data on alignment components helps select the best treatment, improve the design and chart more precise application recommendations.

Amerimold 2017: Multitudes of Metalworking Materials and Machines
Amerimold proved once again that it is THE event for moldmaking.

SLIDESHOW: Technology Showcase, Amerimold Product Showcase
This is our industry’s show, and this week we bring you yet more previews of what you can expect to find as you walk the aisles of the biggest Amerimold Expo yet.

Progressive Components Z-Series inserted bar locks

Alignment Locks are Off-the-Shelf Solutions for Large Molds
Designed for molds weighing between 25,000 and 75,000 lbs, Progressive Components’ Z-Series of inserted bar locks provide mold designers and molders with off-the-shelf components for alignment of large molds, eliminating the need for in-house design and manufacturing.

Throwback Thursday: Run Clean, Run Efficient
If you or your customer is concerned with achieving faster cycle times (and who isn't?) plus cleanroom-caliber mold function and lower maintenance, here's a throwback case study about better undercut release for small medical, or similar, parts using expandable cavities.

Building a Better Tool
Collaboration was key to building a mold that would drastically cut cycle time.

In Memory of Donald Starkey Sr., D&L/Progressive Components
It is with a sad heart that I submit this blog. The industry has lost yet another gem of a person in Don Starkey Sr.

What You Put Out There Comes Back to You
Surely there is truth in this headline. I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes and recently witnessed it again when I participated with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division as its Mold Maker of the Year Award was presented to Geoff Luther, owner and president of A-1 Tool Corporation in Melrose Park, Illinois. The award was well-deserved.

Progressive Components - AST System Cooling Test Rig

Test System Ensures Proper Function of Cooling Circuits
AST Technology, a sister company of Progressive Components, will showcase a system that enables moldmakers to test mold cooling circuits to ensure they are working properly and efficiently.

SPE Mold Technologies Division Seeks Nominees
Hundreds of attendees from all over the world, including members of the Mold Technologies Division, attended ANTEC in Indianapolis to share knowledge and research, to network, and to learn.

Let the Games and Trash Talk Begin!
Like the Chicago Chapter of the AMBA, the West Michigan Chapter is stepping up its game and will hold its first Supplier Night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 29.

In Winter or Spring, iSledders Warms the Heart
I know spring has sprung, and the snow is a faint memory (at least for the majority of us), but now is as good a time as any to applaud and share some great news from iWarriors, which held its second annual iSledders Charity Snowmobile Ride in February, raising $5,500.

Seeing the Industry with a New Perspective
Last week I attended Plastec West in Anaheim, California (what a nice break from frigid temps in Chicago!). It was my first trade show as senior editor of MoldMaking Technology versus attending as a public relations manager for plastics industry suppliers, and I enjoyed seeing everything with a new perspective.

"Rule of Thumb" vs. Engineered Lock Selection
A guide that applies engineering principles is designed to help engineers select properly sized alignment components.

Mold Maker, Designer Recognized at Amerimold
SPE presented its moldmaker and mold designer of the year awards to Harry Raimondi of Bales Metal Surface Solutions (Downer’s Grove, Illinois) and Chris Hanes of Micro Mold Company Inc. and Plastikos Inc. (Erie, Pennsylvania).

Technology to Advance Mold Design and Build Capabilities
Progressive Components, AST Technology and Roehr Tool Corp. presented an array of technology, products, equipment and services to optimize mold design and build capabilities and production.

Slideshow: Amerimold 2015 Preview
Considered THE event for mold manufacturing, Amerimold covers many facets of the industry, from its exhibits to its technical conference. Here's a small sampling of what will be highlighted for attendees.

CVe Monitor v2 and OnDemand Software Upgraded with More New Features
Monitoring Mold Activity has Never Been Easier

Product Categories of Progressive Components

CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Cooling Systems
Core Pins
Data Management Software
Date Inserts
Ejector Pins, or "Knock-out Pins"
Interlocks, or Taperlocks
Internal Mold Cooling Products
Leader Pins
Locating Rings
Pressure Controls, Sensors, Monitors
Quick Mold Change Systems
Side Actions or Cam Actions
Sprue Bushings
Stop Pins
Straight Locks
Support Pillars
Switches or Indicators
Wear Plates