CLEVELAND (June 27, 4:15 p.m. EDT) — Mold-Masters Ltd. has filled in the blanks for its online hot-runner ordering system by offering more design tools over the Internet.
The company, based in Georgetown, Ontario, has upgraded its design option on its Web site, www.moldmasters.com, to include complete hot-half sections for hot-runner systems. Tools on the site allow customers to position hot runners, resist injection pressures and provide better thermal management.
Mold-Masters first introduced its pioneering ordering and design Web site, called Merlin, at NPE 2000. While online ordering activity has been slow to date, many customers of the mold supplier have used the site to check system requirements and help with design, said Wayne Stoddard, manager of Mold-Masters' marketing services group.
The program configures the right system for a given application.
“We do see a lot of activity, from qualifying and checking systems to speeding program development,” Stoddar said June 19 at Plastics Encounter Cleveland. “It's been an invaluable resource for that. And we expect ordering activity to pick up as more customers get used to the system.”
The company also plans to complete work on its new Sumare, Brazil, plant by January, Stoddard said. Mold-Masters has invested $4 million to build the manufacturing plant and equipment already is in place.
The company also is developing plans to expand both its Singapore plant, which opened in 2000, and its facility in Baden Baden, Germany, he said.
The Brazil plant will start making manifolds, hot-half plates and other components and eventually could product complete hot-runner systems.