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.


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Misalignment of mold halves can result in molding catastrophes. Even the least-seasoned folks in the industry understand that. There are so many products on the market now to help moldmakers and molders avoid catastrophic results like mold damage (very expensive), unscheduled production downtime (also very expensive) and reject parts (a waste of materials and fodder for a customer’s wrath) when operating their molds.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a solid article about how new mold components (in this case, alignment locks) are developed and tested to ensure reliable performance. Supplier companies invest much time and money into developing so many solutions to the issues moldmakers and molders encounter every day. Where do the ideas for new products come from? From customers, mostly, so don’t hesitate to let your favorite suppliers know if you have a mold-related issue that they might consider solving. As you will see from this feature article, it won’t happen overnight, but if the right product is developed it could eventually become an industry standard.

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