Popular Posts: May 2020
Catch up on the five most popular blog posts from May 2020.
It’s the end of May, and you know what that means—Amerimold Connects is right around the corner! For those who haven’t heard yet, this free remote event is the answer to this year’s Amerimold in Novi, MI, being cancelled by bringing the moldmaking community together in a virtual space. Be sure to check it out!
But before we launch into all the great education sessions, virtual exhibitor booth visits and latest technology updates that Amerimold Connects has to offer, let’s take a moment and reflect—by catching up on the most popular articles that readers like you have been reading.
How to Eliminate Chatter
Eliminating chatter is a great way to improve surface finish when performing CNC milling. Control technology detects chatter and automatically adjusts spindle speed to eliminate chatter, thus improving surface finish. Surface finish problems can be profit killers for today’s mold manufacturer. One of the most common causes is chatter created by vibration in the CNC machine tool cutting process. This can lead to higher costs, delayed deliveries and even lost orders due to poor quality. In addition, vibration can cause uneven tool wear, resulting in poor surface finish, geometry inconsistencies and reduced tool life.
7 Key Advantages of Hot Runner Systems
The runnerless molding of thermoplastics is no longer new - it's been a known technology for more than 50 years, with commercial systems being available for more than 40 years. However, the growth of hot runner system sales during the last decade has been exceptional. This is a direct reflection of improved hot runner technology and of other improvements in heat control
and melt-flow analysis. This growth also is a reflection of a better understanding and acceptance of the benefits of hot runner systems and their application by moldmaking companies and OEMs alike.
Today there are in excess of 40 hot runner systems suppliers as well as a number of moldmakers who design, manufacture and install their own systems in the molds they build. Current systems sales are in the hundreds of millions of dollars and it is not uncommon for the larger commercial hot runner systems suppliers to have sales approaching $50 million or more.
A Virtual Handshake Takes on COVID-19
M.I. Integration does mold building and molding work for some critical automotive and defense industry projects. Still, as the virus hit, the injection molding facility was shut down, temporarily laying off all the employees. With its top priorities being the health and safety of its people and the financial health of the company, M.I. management focused on managing its cash flow properly and connecting to all available government aid to minimize the impact on its workforce.