ATLANTA - Incoe Corp. displayed a unitized manifold system during Plastics Encounter Atlanta.
The design provides a drop-in hot-runner system that is pre-wired with a junction box and protective conduit, said John Blundy, vice president of business development.
The company, headquartered in Troy, Mich., designed the system without precision plates.
The nozzles are threaded in the manifold, which allows for the concept without a retainer plate, according to information from the company.
The retainer-plate-free design allows for in-press maintenance, Blundy said, which is difficult or nearly impossible with conventional systems since the mold and hot-runner system need to be removed.
``The system is meant to be used as an alternative to a complete injection half and accomplishes the mold makers' desire to simplify hot-runner installation as a complete system, without the necessity for plates used in conventional hot-runner design,'' Blundysaid.
He cited greater cost savings from the setup.