Wauconda, Ill.-based Progressive Components is out with new products to validate tooling remotely to simplify and speed new projects.
The remote validation kit is a plug-and-play tool that connects to a monitor on the mold and provides real-time data accessible from anywhere.
Progressive Components says the kit improves approval processes, which will help companies get molds into production faster; acts as a virtual file cabinet for mold documentation, activity reports and process sheets; and reduces or eliminates the need for tooling engineers to drive or fly back and forth to suppliers’ sites to validate tools.
Progressive Components also expanded its Z-series Bar Locks to align large molds and multiplate sequencing tools.
“There are a lot of variables in multiplate tools,” Sebastian Jurczak, project engineer at Progressive, said in a news release. “These additions now cover the range for standard plate thicknesses.”
In addition, Progressive now provides custom lengths and corner radii for when a lock pocket is not machined through the full plate width.
“We set up fixturing and optimized the process so that we can ship an altered length with pocket radii, for only the cost of about one shop hour,” Jurczak added.
The patented technology is geared toward complex molds for packaging and medical applications.
In addition, Progressive President Glenn Starkey said, “Only Progressive offers a warranty for the actual performance longevity, so that a mold will close in perfect alignment for the life of the program.”
Progressive also developed a cloud-based asset tracking program called ProFile that uses asset tags with a unique quick response (QR) code to connect a mold’s information to those who need it.
The ProFile management system has 10 gigabytes to store and share essential documents and individual asset pages to display a GPS map of the last asset scan location.
In addition to tracking molds, assets can include dies, fixtures and molding machines.
The company says no long-term contracts or commitments are necessary.
“The system makes it easy to track GPS locations, maintenance and documents efficiently from a single responsive platform, from anywhere in the world,” Sujit Sheth, Progressive’s monitoring sales manager, said in the release.
For more information about any of the products, call 1-847-487-1000 or email [email protected]
More information about the remote validation kit also can be found at procomps.com/CVe.