Connecting Industry 4.0 Technology to your Molds and Molding Process

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Originally Aired - Tuesday, November 8 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST

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Title: Connecting Industry 4.0 Technology to your Molds and Molding Process


Next level tooling or Tooling 4.0 is all about understanding what is going on inside of the mold, during each cycle, by taking measurements of the physical dynamics... using scientific molding and data gathering. It means measuring pressure, temperature, and time, for example. So, instead of flying by the seat of our pants, we can now fly by instruments, and actually, understand what is happening inside of the mold and then make any necessary adjustments.  

Come learn how the right data can:

  • Meet cycle time requirements with new mold components by using additive manufacturing, better venting, or monitoring with pressure sensors to provide feedback through the mold, into the press, then onto the production environment.
  • Test mold designs virtually with software, to get feedback and to set baselines for cycle time.
  • Test a mold with software and sensors to see where the team needs to optimize for cooling, pressure, pack, balance, etc.
  • Qualify a mold using a scientific method to create a Design of Experiments (DOE) to generate the process window and to set sensors' minimum/maximum levels.
  • Use high-speed electric molding machines that feedback information via pressure and temperature sensors and relay information back to the system, keeping the mold in control and achieving lights-out manufacturing.