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Plastic Molds

Working with plastic molds isn’t always easy, as mold maker at  hyx mold, know. The Plastic mold company offers plastic mold making and plastic molding services for the automotive, electric, home appliance, industrial, food package, and consumer products industries.

The company’s greatest challenge is to design and make the tooling and molds for custom injection molding parts. The majority of the plastic molding parts the company helps to develop are functional assemblies and complex tool actions, thin wall molding, 2k injection molding, over molding etc. 

“Customers expect us to help them reduce manufacturing costs through weight reduction and design for part and mold,” Panziera said. “We’re also expected to reduce development time to market of new products, and to validate design parameters through the use of CAE tools prior to the start of hard tooling.”

Design for automation means that the tools must be rugged enough to use again and again.

The CAE tools include plastic simulation software from Moldflow of Wayland, Mass.

The software enables engineers to reduce weight and to ensure that parts can be molded and can pass validation testing.

“Material reductions of even a few grams can provide significant cost savings,” Panziera said. “Cosmetic issues such as sink, warp, and blemishes can be addressed before tooling is produced, potentially saving thousands of dollars in tool revisions.”

For instance, a General Motors tier one automotive supplier recently approached Axiomatic for help with a troublesome chrome-plated, plastic inside-door handle, he said.

“The supplier had numerous problems with the gate blush and sink marks that only appeared after the parts had been plated. The high scrap rate and numerous tooling changes to attempt to remedy the problem were very costly,” Panziera said.

Axiomatic used Moldflow software to determine the best location, profile, and shape of the gate. The result was a dramatic reduction in scrap rate, to nearly zero, he said.

Want to know more information about plastic molds and injection molding, please go to http://www.plastic-industry.com/

Another American Group Considers Lobbying Against Steel Tariffs


Steel for Plastic Injection mold molding industry

In a recent meeting called by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), members of the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC) Steel Task Force voiced their concerns about the severe impact of the Section 201 steel tariffs across manufacturing sectors, and to urge NAM to take a position on the steel issue. The tariffs on imports of certain steel products were imposed by President Bush on March 20, 2002, under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974.

NAM is an important association of manufacturers in the United States and had previously taken a neutral position on the issue of the 201 steel tariffs. However, following numerous requests from NAM members who are suffering from the impact of the tariffs, NAM’s Trade and Technology Policy Group issued a resolution in October that offered a process to reconsider its “hands-off” position on the steel tariffs, and “develop a policy position on steel trade that is appropriate for all constituencies.”

Plastic Mold Company need good quality steel

Manufacturers from the auto parts, stamping, appliance, plastic, lawn furniture, and fastener industry (which includes the aerospace, military and home goods industries), presented evidence at the meeting that the tariffs are causing damage to the U.S. economy.

NAM policy, developed in 1998, directs that the association not take a position on specific U.S. tariffs or import problems unless there are “overriding considerations of general importance to American industry.” NAM has agreed to discuss whether “overriding considerations” are present in the case of steel.

The policy committee will develop a recommendation for consideration by the Board of Directors. Another meeting will be held in December and NAM is expected to announce a decision shortly thereafter.

Erowa Holder Systems

Erowa Technology Inc.recently consolidated a sister company, AMTEC, into its general operations structure. AMTEC specializes in custom fixtures, engineering solutions, and the manufacture of Erowa standard products. Erowa will continue to provide these engineered solutions under the Erowa Technology Inc. name. AMTEC was founded in 1994 as a provider of custom turnkey workholding systems.

“For all practical purposes, Erowa and AMTEC have operated as one organization for some time, including the sharing of a facility,” explains Skip Thompson, president of Erowa Technology. “As we re-examined our own internal operations, we determined that bringing the two companies together would help streamline both manufacturing and sales efforts.”