Hot-runner supplier Fast Heat Inc. of Elmhurst, Ill., has introduced the Mold IQ, which stores mold setup and hot-runner system information right on the mold, so it can be retrieved and displayed on Fast Heat's Pulse hot-runner temperature controller.
Fast Heat said it can install the Mold IQ microprocessor chip in the mold box of an existing mold, or the company can provide a special box that incorporates the new chip.
“The Mold IQ microprocessor solves problems that often arise when a molder shelves a tool between job runs or ships it from one location to another,” said Peter Kalantzis, controls engineering manager.
Mold IQ stores the following information: basic mold setup parameters including tool name, operator name, machine number, material type, lot number, pressure and time settings and barrel temperature; plus hot-runner parameters including setup, control settings, zone designations, power inputs, set-point and actual temperatures and operating modes.
Fast Heat said that, thanks to Mold IQ, its Pulse II has been expanded from 24 zones to a maximum of 168 zones.
The company also has introduced its Precision series of valve gates, covering shot sizes from 5-3,000 grams, and a flexible heater band called HTFlex that can flex around a barrel of any diameter.
The HTFlex design also allows the band to be installed and removed from any point along the barrel without the need to disturb other heater bands and equipment mounted to the barrel, according to the company.
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