Innovative Solutions, Proven Performance at NPE
Progressive Components introduced its Lifetime Guarantee for its patent pending Z-Series Alignment Locks at NPE2015.
Progressive Components introduced its Lifetime Guarantee for its patent pending Z-Series Alignment Locks at NPE2015. “For injection molds, perfect alignment of the mold halves is critical,” explains Glenn Starkey, president of Progressive. “If the mold closes in perfect alignment for the life of the program, then a host of problems that lead to unscheduled mold stoppages simply won’t occur.” Progressive’s Alignment Locks have been independently tested and show no wear after over 2 million cycles, where others fail often after 40,000 cycles. Those failures in the field lead to flash, out of spec parts, and mold damage. The Lifetime Guarantee is implemented via a process that starts with Progressive’s Tech Support team interviewing those responsible for both designing and maintaining the company’s tools.
“There are guidelines for alignment lock selection that have been developed, rather than a varying ‘rule of thumb’ from shop to shop,” explains Ken Rumore, Senior Design Engineer for Progressive Components. “Then, press maintenance and mold maintenance practices are reviewed with molding personnel. While there is no special maintenance required to achieve infinite performance, it still is a good practice to be sure that we’re on the same page with designers as well as those in production.”
In addition to independent testing of its Alignment Locks, Progressive introduced at NPE never-before acquired data on performance testing of Ejector Pins. “It’s all about performance between the platens,” Starkey states, “Rather than relying on anecdotes and war stories, we access independent testing and then engineer to surpass the performance of current standards.”
Carrying that theme further, on display at NPE was:
Z-Series Alignment Locks – Bar Lock configuration: A new industry standard for large molds and multi-plate tools - More - Progressive Components @ NPE2015/Page 2
SRT Slide Retainers: Expanded line of slide retainers gives designers more options for smooth, greaseless and reliable retention of side actions
Lifter Blades & Cores: Offer designers flexibility with undercut release options while also saving space in the mold
Wear Plates: Standard wear plates offer tool builders unmatched wear resistance and off-the-shelf convenience.
Improve efficiency and speed with hydraulic locking core pull cylinders.
With a firm understanding of the effects of injection on the core, slide and associated components, this second of two articles will discuss emerging modular technologies which provide alternatives to the limited solutions previously available.
Although PERC (Programmable Electric Rotating Cores System) is not a brand-new technology, it warrants a second look as a way for moldmakers to provide another value-added service to their customers.