Henry David Thoreau said: ``Men have become the tools of their tools.'' But visitors to NPE already know that, since their businesses frequently are only as healthy as their tools.
The following mold makers, hot-runner suppliers and manufacturers of related equipment are exhibiting at NPE.
Advanced Mold Texturing Inc. (Booth N5852): New textured products.
Alba Enterprises Inc. (Booth N4052): Enhanced Thermoplay hot-runner systems, new Vega cylinders and cold-runner system.
Bales Mold Service Inc. (Booth N6042): New product for diamond chrome plating, offering lubricity, extreme hardness.
Century Die Co. (Booth E10504): Trim tooling, a process to compliment the tooling package.
Custom Design & Mold LLC (Booth N4587): Mold technology, custom machining and precision-stamping capabilities.
Dynamic Tool & Design Inc. (Booth N4385): Injection molds, part- and mold-design capabilities.
Engis Corp. (Booth E9338): New family of polishing and finishing compounds for dies and molds called DiaMold. Diamond compound has stable carrier to assure sustained particle suspension throughout finishing cycle. It withstands severe lapping conditions with no degradation of cutting quality, according to Engis.
Ewikon Hotrunner Systems (Booth N4031): Improvements to large-part, hot-runner mold system; new hot-runner system products; improved system controllers.
Fast Heat Inc. (Booth S2832): Mold IQ, a new microprocessor-based device that stores and transfers information on parts processing for specific hot-runner mold functions used on different injection presses.
Fisa North America Inc. (Booth N8430): Ecological, ultrasonic cleaning process for injection molds.
Foboha GmbH Formenbau (Booth N4975): Molds with stack-turn technology that can double the number of cavities using the existing machine size.
Fudakin Plastic & Metal Co. Ltd. (Booth E13436): Large injection molds; multicavity, precision toolmaking; electrical production assembly.
Hasco America Inc. (Booth E9555): Improvements on standard manifolds, custom manifolds and new hot halves; improved quick-change mold system and split-mold kits.
Incoe Corp. (Booth N4716): New, integrated hot-runner system, allowing maintenance without removing the system from the molding machine. Unitized hydraulic hot-runner system; new four-drop hot-runner manifold system.
Industrial Magnetics Inc. (Booth N4993): New drawer magnet for injection molding machines, extruders and blow molding equipment; metal detector.
Izon Industries (Booth E10716): Molds as a complete solution for the injection molding work cell.
Kosmek USA Ltd. (Booth S842): Air clamp for quick-mold-change systems that is compact and allows for variable mold sizes.
Kortec Inc. (Booth N6352): Development of industry's first 144-cavity coinjection system for multilayer PET preforms, scheduled for release in mid-2004, and new Intro low-volume coinjection system for preform production.
Makino Inc. (Booth N8518): New V56 vertical machining center that virtually eliminates the need to polish small and medium-size molds; new Edge 3 sinker electric discharge machine for unattended operation.
MÃ¤nner International LP (Booth N5175): MHS needle shut-off nozzle especially suited for extreme temperatures and heat-resistant materials.
Matrix Tooling Inc./Matrix Plastic Products (Booth N6118): Design-through-manufacturing package that includes hot-runner, multicomponent and miniature applications.
Maxi-Blast Inc. (Booth E9443): New design for plastic media blast cleaning system for molds, dies and injection screws and media for deflashing thermoset parts.
M.C. Molds Inc. (Booth S3249): Advanced power-in-feed option for its DST-2000 spin trimmer and a larger, faster machining center.
Melt Design Inc. (Booth N6112): New line of hot-runner value-gate systems featuring adjustable valve-pin design; latest bolt-on hot-runner systems with integrated mold plates.
Modular Mold Systems/Round Mate Systems (Booth N4123): Former Round Mate touts name change; larger, rectangular Systems 2 inserts; new side load insert system for molds.
Mold Bridge Associates LLC (Booth E10963): Plastics injection simulation, prototyping, tooling, molding, consulting and engineering services.
Mold Craft Inc. (Booth E10703): Design and build services for high-volume, multicavity molds to produce small, precision parts.
Mold-Masters Ltd. (Booth N5133): New series of hot-runner systems and allied technology; enhanced Flex Series hot runners for automotive products, in-mold decoration and large parts.
Mold-Spec Inc. (Booth S876): Samples and stretch blow molds.
Neu Dynamics Corp. (Booth N6120): Improvements in quick-turn, tight-tolerance custom molds and enhanced fuel-cell mold capability.
PCS Co. (Booth N6328): Fast, interchangeable tooling systems and CTI hot-runner process systems.
P.M. Mold Co. Inc. (Booth N9355): Multicavity, two-color and hot-runner capabilities.
Polymer Cleaning Technology (Booth E10149): Capabilities as source for parts, repairs, service and refurbishment of hot-runner systems.
Priamus System Technologies AG (Booth N4295): Quality-management hardware and software systems, including new mold-filling system.
Profine Molds Inc. (Booth S876): New in-mold features including Rollercoaster automatic closing mechanism, safety mechanism for a compact slide and new nozzle designs.
RAO Design International Inc. (Booth N4526): Technique to make molds in two weeks; cosmetics and toiletries bottle molds.
Rotaloc International LLC (Booth E13308): New inserts and threaded fasteners for the molding industry; new custom line of products.
Seiki Valve & Spear System (Booth N4491): Rudiz system for injection molding rubber elastomers and hot-runner products, including new line of hot-runner systems featuring externally heated, internal-flow nozzles.
SIG Ryka (Booth E10701): High-performance molds for blow molding; product design and mold engineering expertise.
Synventive Molding Solutions (Booth S1038): Enhancements to Dynamic Feed control system that improve versatility and control; new technology partnerships with Milacron Inc., Moldflow Corp. and RJG Inc.
Taiwan Mold Tool Co. Ltd. (Booth E10414): Products in injection, rubber molding, die casting, prototyping and thermosets.
Technoject Machinery Corp. (Booth N4046): Skinny nozzles with on-site, replaceable heaters and thermocouples, made by Heitec Hot Runner Systems.
WG (Booth E12553): Capability to design and develop plastic parts as a no-charge service.
Wisconsin Engraving Co. (Booth E10407): New products for mold texturing, engraving, laser digitizing and polishing, and for custom electrodes.