Mold System Runs Two Separate Molds Simultaneously

With so much happening in a busy show year between NPE2018, Amerimold 2018 and IMTS 2018, MoldMaking Technology is revisiting some of the technology that was on display. In case you missed it: The Multi-Mold System from Canon Virginia Inc. shuttles molds in and out to run two separate tools in one press simultaneously. The company had it on display at NPE2018.


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Canon Virginia Inc. introduced a new Multi-Mold System, which runs two separate molds in one press simultaneously. Show attendees could see the system in action as it ran in a customized Sumitomo (SHI) Demag press in Canon’s booth. Plastic material is injected into the first mold. The system then moves the first mold outside the machine chamber for cooling and moves the second mold in place for processing. Then the first mold returns in the machine and ejects its parts, while the second mold moves outside of the machine for part cooling. In addition, the retrieval robot can handle two types of parts with different shapes in cooperation with the system.

This system helps transform idle cooling time into productive time by shuttling a second mold into production. The user can program changing conditions like pressure, temperature, injection speed and clamp force as specified for each mold and the system controls the parameters automatically as the mold shuttles back and forth. The company says that the proprietary process accomplishes dual, multi-product molding by the same machine without error or loss of time, achieving reductions in cost, time and waste.