Dave Bank of Rochester, N.Y.-based Aluminum Injection Mold Co., has been extolling the virtues of aluminum injection molds for more than 25 years. His first company, Papago Plastics, was an industry pioneer in building and running aluminum molds until he sold the business in 1998. In 2002, he started Aluminum Injection Mold to continue serving the growing demand for aluminum tooling.
Greg Eidenberger has been with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Paragon Die & Engineering for more than 28 years, including the past six as sales manager. He's been instrumental in working with many of Paragon's customers that are using aluminum alloys for medium- and low-volume large production tooling.
Rhoda Miel, Reporter, Plastics News
This webcast reveals how some companies are effectively applying aluminum tooling to high-volume injection molding applications, to include real-world lessons from the automotive industry.
Learn from some very experienced hands: Dave Bank of Rochester, N.Y.-based Aluminum Injection Mold Co. has worked on aluminum production molds for more than 10 years, including consulting with top OEMs. Greg Eidenberger's firm, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Paragon Die & Engineering, also has decades of experience in production aluminum molds for a variety of industries.
It's vital to understand how aluminum tooling differs from steel tools in order to assess the risks and benefits, and to properly plan for implementation. It is not merely a simple matter of substituting one material for another.
OEMs need to target specific uses for aluminum to get the best product for the money. Toolmakers have to understand differences in tool design, manufacturing and welding for aluminum. And processors need to know how to fine-tune their operations and mold maintenance to get the best return on their investments.
This April 27, 2009 story, by Rhoda clearly demonstrates why aluminum tooling is more than just hype.
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