Toolmakers and tooling component suppliers are continuing to invest in technology that will help their customers — the molders — improve, while also improving efficiency in their own facilities.
Companies taking part in NPE are prepared to show systems that make it possible to do more within the mold, cutting production costs, along with investment in spin-stack mold technologies, more precise gate sequencing and multicavity, multishot production.
Accede Mold & Tool Co. Inc. (Booth 65030): Introduction of in-mold, value-added offerings to reduce labor costs and integrate downstream requirements in the mold.
Alcoa (Booth 65037): Displays and discussion of mold blocks and plates.
American Tool & Mold Inc. (Booth 53004): New products for precision multicavity mold designs.
Bielomatic Inc. (Booth 1443): Discussion and display of machinery for welding, finishing and automating the plastic welding process.
Big 3 Precision Products Inc. (Booth 2183): Showing capabilities in injection blow molding and injection stretch blow mold tooling.
Cold Jet LLC (Booth 57028): Demonstrations of automated and manual systems for mold cleaning, part deflashing and part deburring using dry ice.
DME Co. (Booth 2803): New mold components including a removable mold-dating insert, a mold-tracking monitor, aluminum mold bases, unitized valve gates, 16-zone valve-gate sequencers and DoveTail collapsible core.
DMS (Booth 7685): A re-engineered compact modular water manifold system will be introduced along with a next-phase Cloud data-storage feature for mold management, RedE Vault.
Dynamic Tool & Design Inc. (Booth 192): The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based mold maker is expanding this year with the addition of a new Krauss Maffei 650-ton injection molding press.
Fast New Precision Plastic Steel Mold Co. Ltd. (Booth 19030): Molds for injection molding, two-shot molding, blow molding and prototyping along with reverse engineering, assembly and other post-mold operations.
Feng Ping Tooling & Plastics Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Booth 58033): Display of toolmaking capabilities.
Forward Technology (Booth 1162): New laser welding machine.
Hawkeye Preferred Tooling Group (Booth 58058): New mold-finishing technologies for blow molding. The company was created by the merger of two competing mold-making shops in 2011.
HRSflow Division of Inglass SpA (Booth 777): HRS has created a new department and dedicated team to follow its Multitech Line, which is specifically optimized for the needs of small-dimension parts, low-weight applications and high-volume production to provide faster cycles and optimal gate closure for medical, closure, packaging, electronic or housewares applications.
Incoe Corp. (Booth 4445): New products in hot-runner systems, hot-runner temperature and valve-gate controls.
Industrial Molds Group (Booth 65040): Displays and discussions of building injection molds for large, complex parts for the auto, industrial equipment and commercial appliance fields along with multicavity, multishot molds for the medical disposable and consumer packaging markets. The company recently added a Makino F-5 computer numerically controlled, high-speed machining center to complete its robotics cell.
International Mold Steel Inc. (Booth 186): New grades of Toolox mold steel as well as DHA-World hot-work mold steels.
JMMS Inc. (Booth 54010): Display of mold making for the plastics industries for thermoplastic and thermoset production.
Kisan Precision Co. Ltd. (Booth 48000): Discussion of preform injection molds and blow molds.
Kortec Inc. (Booth 2390): New square and round containers for food products made through Kortec's thin-wall, multilayer food-packaging technology for shelf-stable options. Suitable for pet foods, soups, sauces, fruit and other products.
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. (Booth 263): Display of quick-release clamping systems and accessories.
M.C. Molds Inc. (Booth 2683): Design and production of extrusion blow molds.
M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. (Booth 4393): M.R. has recently hired more employees and added more inspection equipment. The company specializes in tight-tolerance, flashless liquid-silicone-rubber prototypes, production and micromolds for medical and dental applications.
Maac Machinery Corp. Inc. (Booth 3019): Introduction of automated tool-change systems and clamping mechanisms.
Magor Mold Inc. (Booth 49000): Introduction of Mould Technologies Group.
Materion Brush Performance Alloys (Booth 38009): Discussion of the company's high-performance copper alloys for molding.
MHT USA LLC (Booth 55009): PET preform molds, mold developments, hot-runner systems, lightweighting and prototyping.
Mold Base Industries Inc. (Booth 4245): Display of standard and custom mold bases, raw and finished plates, machinery services and components.
Mold Hotrunner Solutions Inc. (Booth 2893): Introduction of ultracompact-stack-mold technology with Rheo-Pro iVG internal valve gate hot-runner systems, producing closure molds with 30 percent lower production costs and 50 percent improved energy efficiency.
Mold-Tech Inc. (Booth 53010): The mold maker and designer will introduce increased electrode capabilities with the addition of a new Makino V22 high-speed graphite machining area with 3R automation and new Makino EDAF-3 Sinker EDM.
Nypro Inc. (Booth 4263): Introduction of NyproMold's CT-scanning capabilities, added to its suite of metrology services. Technology produces precise three-dimensional representations of parts both internally and externally, allowing easy metrology evaluations that were previously technically difficult and time consuming to achieve. The company will also discuss its comprehensive service model, covering five services — part optimization, mold engineering development, mold manufacturing, mold qualifications and mold life asset management.
PCS Co. (Booth 2571): Expansion of the company's Nano Product Line including mold coatings, greases and lubricants as well as cleaners and corrosion control. Also, discussion of newly launched PCS Slide Latch.
Progressive Components International Corp. (Booth 4681): Featuring new products throughout Progressive's family of companies. Progressive will feature off-the-shelf standards to speed mold building and reduce costs and downtime, including the CVe Monitor, ProtoBridge System and DT series f collapsible cores. ToolingDocs LLC will feature its new Certified Maintenance Providing Program to work with mold makers to increase revenue, along with the existing mold maintenance, toolroom maintenance manager and tooling components repair. Roehr Tool Corp. will feature products in its Collapsible Core technology, with new developments in Minicore and Expandable Cavity technology. AST Technology GmbH specializes in initiating systems and standards for original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers and will demonstrate developments in its CVe Monitor to electronically track mold performance, activity and maintenance history.
R&D/Leverage (Booth 47000): Discussion of the company's capabilities in PET tooling, injection mold tooling and processing, along with Leverage's focus as a full-service industrial design firm.
Seaway Plastics Engineering Inc. (Booth 60031): Display of products in low-volume production and prototype injection molding, insert and overmolding and in-house mold making. Seaway recently moved into a new engineering center with room for its international mold-making operations.
Sunway Mold (Booth 31062): Discussion of large plastic injection molds for the auto industry and precision electronics housings.
Synventive Molding Solutions (Booth 1973): First showing of the eGate for hot-runner systems, to control and regulate up to 64 valves individually. Users can precisely control each valve pin's position, speed, acceleration and stroke. Synventive will also show its specialized hot-runner systems for automotive lighting and its Plug ‘n Play modular hot-runner systems for fast installation for mold makers.
Tech Mold Inc. (Booth 3169): Tech Mold will show its new in-mold labeling syringe mold in cooperation with CBW Automation. The company teamed with five other firms to design, develop and build a high-speed, automated IML generic medical syringe cell to showcase capabilities of all the participants.
Tung Lee Precision Works Ltd. (Booth 47008): Discussion of injection mold tooling for small and medium-sized companies with a specialty in mold making for unscrewing molds.
Yamashita Electric Co. Ltd. (Booth 10030): Introduction of a new molding system for cosmetics and high-strength plastic products through Y-HeaT technology to remove weld lines and reduce warpage.