Technical Specialist Helps Customers Choose Ideal Alloy
Technical representatives from Ellwood Specialty Steel are available to assist customers in choosing the most suitable aluminum or aluminum alloy for a given mold project.
Ellwood Specialty Steel (Ellwood), a member company of Ellwood Group, has been actively stocking and marketing aluminum alloys to the molding industry for three years. Stocks of 5083, 6061 and 7075 aluminum tooling plate and Alumold 500 alloys are available from 0.25" to 42.00" thick, depending upon the alloy. Ellwood technical representatives are available to assist customers in choosing the most suitable aluminum for a given mold project. They can advise on matters pertaining to aluminum alloys and plastic compounds, projected process temperatures, part tolerances and estimated product volumes. Ellwood Group is building a new aluminum casting facility that will enable in-house production of cast alloys in large sizes. Ellwood says that this will better serve the tooling industry as mold sizes get larger and the benefits of aluminum molds become better utilized.
A look at an improved steel grade utilizing boron metallurgy that will help shops reduce internal costs and minimize the risk of failure during manufacturing.
Problems associated with the texturing or polishability of a mold cavity can often be traced back to the mold steelmaking process.
Within the injection molding industry, a negative perception of aluminum for anything but prototype plastic parts persists, despite aluminum tooling being able to produce and run almost any resin that steel can, as well as produce millions of shots with unfilled resin with uniform results.