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Tyco Electronics is the world’s largest supplier of passive electronic components for the automotive industry, and it was still using conventional processes to cleaning its injection molds, which was taking too much time and effort. 

“The molds are vital to our business, and the fact that we had to remove them and transport them around the plant places them at risk of being damaged. To protect the molds and improve our productivity, we recognized that we needed a better cleaning solution,” Jan Schotte, Process Technology – Plastics, Tyco Electronics Belgium EC N.V., Global Automotive Division says.

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Noteworthy News: Community Updates

A lot has been happening within the moldmaking community lately, but with the holidays over and work starting up again, it can be hard to keep up all the time. Take a moment to sit back and reflect on some of the industry happenings from the past few weeks below.

 

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Dan Lausch, V.P. manufacturing: We specialize in high-pressure, horizontal die cast tooling for aluminum, magnesium and zinc. In addition to building tools, we also offer CMM inspection, full-part inspection and layout, mold repair and laser welding.

Our 31,000 ft2 [2,880 square-meter], climate-controlled shop is equipped with 22 CNC machining centers. We have two Makino F5 high-speed machining centers, two Makino horizontal A-61NV high-speed machining centers, and a YCM NTV158A that we use to hard-cut cavities. We also have two Makino U6 heat wire EDMs and a Charmilles ROBOFIL FI440 wire EDM. Our EDM machines are a Charmilles Technologies Robo Form 55 CNC EDM and Charmilles Technologies Robo Form F085. We have four 50-taper machines and 16 40-taper CNC machines that the moldmakers use to build required details. We also have hoist capabilities to 20 tons. We work primarily with hardened steels — mostly P-20, stainless and H-13, although occasionally we also use HD steel and bidirectional forged steel. To support our customers, we have the capability to reverse engineer from a part print or a supplied cavity insert to a usable cavity model. In addition to die and mold design, we also offer CAD/CAM, complete design from part to product, jig and fixture design, mold design, N/C programming, and we even do some R&D. We use AutoCAD, CADKEY, CATIA, Mastercam, SolidWorks, Surfcam and WorkNC. We’re ISO 9001:2015 certified.

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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.

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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.

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