Companies attending NPE will get a heavy dose of new mold-making technology, processes and components from a broad cross-section of the industry.
Among the innovations are numerous quick-mold-change devices, hot-runner systems, valve-gating technology, mold design and processing systems and high-speed, computer numerically controlled machining centers.
The following companies will be among those displaying new products and services:
AGA Gas Inc. (Booth E9862): A new mold-making process called ToolVac that uses microporous metal molds for improved venting as plastic is injected.
American Aerostar Corp. (Booth S120): A quick-mold-change system for 1,500-ton machines and larger.
American MSI Corp. (Booth N5452): An intelligent mold-data-transfer system to eliminate thermocouple cables from hot-runner molds; V-System hot-runner control system; removable-tip valve gating technology.
Amtex/Advanced Mold Texturing Inc. (Booth N4631): A new line of mold textures.
Blow Mold Tooling Inc. (Booth S123): A new injection blow testing process that uses a specially designed, 115-ton machine.
Caco Pacific Corp. (Booth S130/132): Fully engineered molds, hot-runner systems, mold bases and multicavity precision molds.
CAE Services Corp. (Booth S739): The MoldVac 2000, a self-contained vacuum and blow-back unit that eliminates trapped air and gas within the mold cavity.
Century Die Co. (Booth E10214): Introduction of added mold-making capabilities including prototyping, mold design, build and repair.
Copper and Brass Sales Inc. (Booth N5296): An aluminum alloy called Power Plate with good thermal conductivity for high-volume mold manufacturing.
Crucible Service Centers (Booth E11905): Special stainless mold and tool steels for corrosion and wear resistance.
Die Mold Supply Inc. (Booth E9725): An aluminum mold base extruded from two profiles, the Heatlock ceramic hot-runner insulation system and solid bronze bushings.
Eurotool Inc. (Booth N4890): Turnkey hot-runner system pre-wired, preassembled with self-contained hydraulic units featuring water cooling for large injection molds.
Ewikon USA Inc. (Booth E9330): Internally heated valve gate hot-runner system; single valve-gate nozzle to provide melt flow throughout the nozzle.
Fast Heat Inc. (Booth S1458): Mikron series, close-pitch hot-runner bushing and finned electric heating element product line.
Gunther Hot Runner Systems Inc. (Booth N4263): Introduction of valve gate hot-runner systems, available in 230, 24 and 5 volts, and hot-runner nozzles.
Hobson Mould Works Inc. (Booth N7001): New blow mold tooling technology and capabilities for performing cast mold deliveries in three weeks.
Incoe Corp. (Booth N5063): Quick-mold-change materials-handling systems, sequential valve-gate control systems, programmable temperature control systems, expanded bushing lines.
International Mold Steel Inc. (Booth N5471): New mold steel, including Porcerax porous steel and H-13-type steel that combines hardness with fast machining.
Makino Inc. (Booth N4283): Hyper 5 high-speed vertical machining center, with spindle speed of 32,000 revolutions per minute.
PCS Co. (Booth N4266, N6139): Conical Cam mold system that splits sections open and closes automatically as the mold cycles.
Performance Alloys & Services Inc. (Booth N5176): Improved design of carbon-lined sprue bushings, insert blocks and rounds for copper alloys and a beryllium-free copper alloy.
PFA Inc. (Booth N5282): Kor-Lok system that provides off-the-shelf, preloaded method for making side-action molds.
Precision Mold Base Corp. (Booth S2858): Stainless-steel Timesaver mold bases, prefinished with pockets or bores.
Progressive Components Inter national Corp. (Booth S873): The CamAction modular side-action unit for molding external undercuts and a line of mold bases.
Pro Mold & Die (Booth N5185): Examples of carbon and steel tooling cut by high-speed, computer numerically controlled machining centers at speeds reaching 25,000 rpm.
R&D Tool and Engineering Inc. (Booth N4995): Valve-gated preform molds for PET containers and a newly designed adjustable blow mold station.
Roehr Tool Corp. (Booth S2918): A new CAV-XP 2000 expandable cavity system.
Edward D. Segen & Co. Inc. (Booth E9714): New generation of Quicklock quick mold-change devices, castable syntactic foam for making plug assist materials and adjustable mold bases.
Seiki Spear System America Inc. (Booth S1206): Improved Simplex Flow valve gate system with separate tip resin heater; SP3000 controller with new software.
Steady Stream Business Co. Ltd. (Booth E11822): Plastic, die casting and rubber molds.
Sun Steel Treating Inc. (Booth N4128): Wear-resistant surface-hardening treatment, Ionitriding, uses diffused, noncoated process for tooling, machine components.
Superior Die Set Corp. (Booth N5371, E10732): Quick-Ship mold base program that can send more than 35,000 mold bases to toolmakers in seven days or less.
Taiwan Mold Tool Co. Ltd. (Booth N4696): Plastic injection mold equipped with advanced CAD/CAM system and a 14-set CNC machining center.
Techmetals Inc. (Booth S3014): Nickel alloy coating system, Optakoat, that allows molds to be machined to an optical-grade finish without post-polishing.
Tecnomagnete Inc. (Booth E11927): Quadpress quick mold-change clamping system with permanent electromagnetic technology to reduce set up time.
Thermal Valve Gating Inc. (Booth E11361): New company unveiling product line, including thermal valve-gating probes, bolt-on assemblies and controllers.
Tradesco Mold Ltd. (Booth N5968): New Elite hot-runner system, including a range of injection molds in operation.
Unitemp Corp. (Booth N5929): Delta tool in-mold lamination process, Softline hot-runner system with heat-conducting machine nozzle and manual mold quick-clamping system.
Walker Magnetics Inc. (Booth N5099): Pressmag magnetic clamp- ing system for quick mold changes and portable magnetic drill stands.
Weber Manufacturing Ltd. (Booth E9737): New mold design for auto instrument panels and NVD nickel shell aerospace molds.