"Sample molds with special software even more efficiently ..."

While on the one hand the complexity of the plastic components is steadily increasing, on the other hand the project phases from idea to series production are getting shorter and shorter. Plastic processing companies have to face up to this challenge on a daily basis. An important role in the subsequent success of series production is played by the tool sampling phase.

Tool matching is a complex process, as different employees and departments in the company interlock. All employees involved must work together at the right time to effectively control the screening process. This task poses a technical and logistical challenge for each company in addition to ever shorter project phases. However, in the plastics processing industry, the screening processes are often considered a minor matter. Many companies give away time resources due to unstable processes or struggle with unnecessary quality problems.

 

 

Only with a systematic approach can processors make their injection molding processes more efficient and exploit productivity reserves. The significance of the matching phase of a tool can not be overestimated and forms the foundation for every economical injection molding process. Practice shows that many things can negatively influence an optimal screening process in the company. In the following some of these negative influencing factors are pointed out in a nutshell:

Mold sampling process
  • Often basic settings of the machine go into production as series setting
  • Important steps of a matching are forgotten or ignored
  • The time pressure in tool matching, since important resources for series production are eliminated too many optimization loops necessary until series production
  • Lack of detailed specifications of a screening process in the company
  • No flow of information during and after the screening
Communication and documentation  
  • Bad to the point of missing communication and collusion in the problem or cause determination among the departments
  • No fast exchange of information and data between the departments
  • Documentations mostly incomplete no digitization
Document management  
  • no templates and checklists
Training and further education of employees
  • Incorrect procedures in finding the optimal machine setting and process parameters
  • lack of optimization methodologies
  • often not a structured and analytical procedure of a screening general skills shortage
  • many newcomers without training as plastic moulders / process mechanics for plastics and rubber technology

 

For this reason, the Injection Molding Guide has been developed and perfected in practice to solve these challenges and problems in the business.