Designing and Building Complex Three-Plate Tools

 

 

Experienced mold designers must know how to adapt to challenging geometrical dimensional specifications.  Employing a three-plate tool can be a solution when searching for an ideal gate location, or when multiple gate locations are necessary.  

 

A three-plate tool has an additional stripper plate acting as a buffer between the injecting plate containing the multiple gate locations, and the B plate housing the cavities to mold the parts.  With this precision design, the sprue is ejected in between the first and second plates, and parts eject in between the second and third plates.  This allows for the parts and runner to separate, and is easily adapted with any automated auxiliary equipment just like any other mold and ejection system.

 

A Three-plate tool design can provide a more consistent flow to cavities with multiple gates, without the need for a hot-runner tool.  In most cases a three-plate tool will be less expensive than a true hot-runner tool, but still provide the increased pressure to fill and pack critical dimensional areas with an even flow of material.  This is beneficial in areas containing thin walls or tight tolerances.  

 

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Michiana Global Mold has vast experience designing and building complex three-plate tools for various industries, including the demanding quality standards of the Automotive industry.  We have experience building three-plate tools, hot-runner tools, hot-to-cold tools, MUD units, Prototype Tools, Shuttle Molds, and more.  

Our vast resources allow us to provide you with complete service from design to mold construction and even product sampling.  We follow a strict quality policy, adhering all processes to our ISO9001 registration.  Our experience and resources allow us to provide quick turn-around on single or multi-tool projects.  

Contact Michiana Global Mold today for a free design consultation, and to learn more about our innovative and technologically advanced mold building capabilities.  We have what it takes to be an integral part of your valuable supply chain, providing solutions to your mold building projects with quality built tools, delivered on time and to your specification.

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Mold Maker for Consumer Products

 

 

Consumer products is a very broad industry, encompassing everything from appliances, electronic components, household goods and toys to more complex products used in automotive and aerospace functions.  No matter the purpose, all injection molded consumer products must first begin with a quality built injection mold produced with quality steel.  

As design engineers are aware, a quality part begins with a quality tool.  When designing a critical consumer product, involving an experienced mold builder early in the design phase of your project can reap big benefits in time saved developing superior products.  An experienced mold designer can utilize CAD/CAM software and simulation designs alerting a product development engineer of critical areas that may succumb to underfill or breakage.  

Michiana Global Mold is experienced with manufacturing precision tools for numerous consumer product applications including electronics, high end business furniture, skylight frames, appliance parts and assemblies and critical automotive parts.   We have vast experience producing plastic and rubber molds of any variation including:

  • Cold Runner Molds
  • Hot Runner Molds
  • Insert Molds
  • Collapsible Core Molds
  • Unscrewing Molds
  • Stack Molds
  • Shuttle Molds
  • High-volume Production Molds
  • Prototype Molds

Our skilled and experienced staff include expert designers with decades of experience designing complex, precision tools utilizing the latest in technological advancements with Unigraphics software, and mold flow analysis when required.   Our journeyman mold makers contribute to our more than 600 years of combined experience providing you with expert mold construction no matter the type or complexity of the tool.

We can provide you with early design consultation, expert mold construction and product sampling.  Tool status reports are provided upon request keeping your project on schedule.  Michiana Global Mold is a valuable addition to any supply chain, providing high performance, quality tools on time, and to your specification.

Michiana Global Mold has been producing high performance plastic and rubber molds used in a multitude of industries including consumer products, electronics and automotive since 1964. Contact us today to learn about our multi-tool discount and for a free design consultation.  

Benefits of an ISO Registered Mold Shop

 

There are several benefits to having an ISO Registered mold shop for construction of plastic injection molds.  Injection mold suppliers today are expected to meet tight tolerances, and even tighter deadlines.  With just-in-time delivery, this leaves no room for error.  

Plastic injection mold suppliers must follow a detailed checklist to ensure that all issues are addressed ahead of time, prior to cutting steel.  When Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is performed, critical issues are brought to light prior to mold construction, thus ensuring a quality job the first time.

In addition to APQP, ISO Registered injection mold suppliers must consider all inputs into their process, and evaluate their effectiveness of reaching the process goals.  All goals should have quantifiable measurable data, and those goals must be audited internally and externally.  

Any deviations from the course of satisfactorily attaining your goals are required to be explored with corrective actions, or an 8D response.  These requirements ensure that all processes are meticulously followed, resulting in a consistent process, which is required for consistent quality product.  

Many injection molders are required to be registered to ISO standards, especially when supplying industries that require a high level of consistent quality product output.  When injection molders supply the automotive industry with precision components, they must rely on a top-notch, quality driven mold construction shop.  

This is where an ISO Registered mold maker will add value to your supply chain as already having went through the rigid requirements of documenting and auditing their processes.  An ISO Registered mold maker will know exactly what is required in order to satisfy the rigid requirements of top of the tier automotive suppliers such as Ford, GM, Toyota and Honda. To learn more about the Benefits of an ISO Registered mold making shop see our recent Blog on the Benefits of ISO Registration.

When adding an ISO Registered mold maker to your supply chain you are bringing value beyond their ISO certification.  In ISO Registered mold maker is already following detailed checklists, and ensuring quality procedures are in place.  When you need documentation for your customers ensuring the level of quality of your product, and your processes, adding an ISO registered mold maker brings the most value.  

 

Michiana  Global  Mold  is  Registered  to  ISO  9001:2015,  implementing  our  Quality  Policy throughout  the  organization  with  top  down  management  involvement.   We  are a top-quality,  custom  precision  injection  mold company serving various industries  for  over  52  years.   Contact  us  today  to  see how we can assist you with your injection mold building needs.

Experienced Brass Forging Die Maker

 

Brass and copper forgings are used in several industries, providing parts with consistently accurate dimensions with high density.  Many industries such as plumbing, marine, transportation, automotive, aerospace, medical, lawn and garden, heating and cooling, and architectural utilize brass and copper forged parts for various applications, providing long lasting durable strength.  

As a forging company supplying these specialized industries, you need a Brass Forging Die Maker that you can rely upon.  At Michiana Global Mold, we are a full-service machine shop and currently produce several brass forging dies to specification, and in a timely manner.

We have the expertise required to construct forging dies to meet your specific tolerances, including tight precision tolerances required for critical applications.   We can construct forging dies with heat treated polished finished, ready for single or multiple part runs.

If your part design changes, we can perform engineering changes to alter a part slightly, perhaps on one side that would require engineering changes to one half of the mold.  Our CNC machinery is top of the line and utilizes the latest technological advancements, giving us the ability to produce your dies in a very cost effective manner, providing the best value for your investment.

We can take your design, or assist you with creating the design required for your purposes with reverse engineering.  Our highly skilled staff includes veteran mold designers and engineers with decades of experience constructing forging dies and injection molds.  We utilize the latest in technological advancements, CAD/CAM Software with integrated programming at our milling centers.  

Our forging dies are inspected per our own strict quality policy.  As an ISO9001:2015 Registered Mold and Machine Shop, we will provide you with quality molds, to your specification and on time.  


Our experience coupled with our highly skilled staff ensures that you receive the best value for your investment.  Contact Michiana Global Mold today for top quality brass and copper forging dies, from an experience mold supplier.  

Expert Injection Molds from Concept to Completion

 

Choosing the right injection mold supplier for your project is an important decision.  Every injection molding project begins with a quality constructed injection mold.  You need to choose a supplier that can handle your project, no matter the complexity or precision tooling required.  

At Michiana Global Mold, we are experienced in constructing quality precision molds, taking into account all necessary design considerations from the beginning resulting in a perfect mold for your application.  Michiana Global Mold employs expert mold designers, utilizing the latest in technological advancements with CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing) Software.   Download our FREE Book on Design Considerations for Various Molds.  

Michiana Global Mold will partner with your business from the beginning, providing you with options that will give you the best value for your mold construction project.  We use CAD/CAM along with mold flow analysis when necessary, to pinpoint any critical dimensions before cutting steel.  

We have full in-house design capabilities with expert experience in all facets of design construction and machining.  We can construct fully functional molds, mold inserts, over molds for insert molding, mold compositions, and adaptations including engineering changes.  

We have the skill and experience to produce best in class automotive injection molds, satisfying even the most stringent of quality requirements.   As an ISO Registered tool shop, we are familiar with following documented guidelines, providing excellent workmanship to meet precision tolerances.  We will identify problem areas before they would become a problem.

Our staff includes journeyman moldmakers that have vast experience with tool construction for a wide array of industries.  We have the knowledge required to provide precise, technical tools for various applications including those required in the automotive industry, consumer electronics, medical, and military / ordnance requirements.  

Contact Michiana Global Mold today to learn how our vast experience, knowledge, and technical capabilities will add value to your supply chain.  We partner with our customers from the beginning, providing quality, precision molds for a wide array of applications over various industries.  Michiana Global Mold is an ISO Registered injection mold construction supplier, providing quality class A steel molds since 1952.  

Globally Sourced Injection Molds with Domestic Support

 

Are you looking for an injection mold supplier that can provide globally sourced injection molds, at a competitive price, and still provide domestic support?  Look no further!  Michiana Global Mold is located in the heart of the Midwest, employing skilled journeyman moldmakers and technical design engineers providing quality precision tools since 1952.

We also have a facility in China, Modular Mold, offering full service injection mold design and construction.  Modular Mold in China is ISO Registered, as well as our domestic location in Indiana.  With Modular Mold in our China location, we have the ability to provide you with fully finished or semi-finished molds, with the same technical expertise, attention to detail and precision that you will find from our location in the United States.  

When you need overseas pricing on injection molds, with domestic service and support, you need a supplier like Michiana Global Mold.  We manage your project from our Indiana location, providing you with one main point of contact to assist you the entire way throughout the scope of your project.  All tools are inspected and tested for 100% accurate precision dimensions and conformance to your requirements, prior to shipment.

Modular Mold is over 40,000 square feet, with capabilities to produce molds to accommodate presses up to 3,000 tons.  By following our quality policy and adhering to all requirements of ISO9001:2008, we focus on quality, precision, and lead times.  

If you need a quality constructed tool with tight geometric tolerances used for precision injection molding applications, you need to call on Michiana Global Mold!  We are your one stop shop for quality injection molds whether you need domestic or overseas suppliers, we provide top notch customer support.  You will never experience problems due to a language barrier as we handle all communication and make regular visits to our China location.

Let us show you how you can save up to 40% on your injection molded products by using our experience and resources for your next injection mold construction needs. For more information on our China location, see our recent blog “Domestic Service with Benefits of Mold Makers in China”.

Michiana Global Mold is a supplier of superior quality plastic injection molds for various industries including automotive, medical, consumer electronics, and defense for over 50 years.   We maintain high customer satisfaction through continual product and process improvement at both our United States and China locations.   

Injection Mold Designs for Various Molding Environments

 

When designing plastic injection molds, there are several factors to take into consideration including the molding environment in which the tool will run.  Of the utmost importance in mold design is the injection molding press specified for the production operation.  

Some presses have either a vertical or horizontal clamping system.  A vertical clamping system is typically used for shuttle molds, also referred to as insert molds, and is used for molding plastic around an insert usually made of plastic or steel.  The clamping system will open, allowing an operator to place an insert in the bottom half of the mold, prior to closing allowing plastic to flow around the insert.  This process is used to put a plastic or rubber like coating around an object such as knives for example, or electrical wiring harnesses requiring a housing to fit around a wire assembly.  Shuttle molds for vertical clamping presses will have at least two bottom (B) halves so that the molding is occurring on one side of the press while an operator is loading inserts on the open side.  This allows for maximum production even when an operator is required.

The typical injection mold will have a horizontal clamping system, opening on a horizontal plane and allowing parts to fall below into a bin or straight onto a conveyor belt when ejected.  Some horizontal molding operations are fully automatic and do not require an operator, once the mold is set in the press and proper parameters are set.  This is a very efficient method of molding, and several molders utilize this type of operation in a lights out automatic environment.  This, of course, requires a quality crafted precision tool to ensure a consistent molding process.  

The placement of water fitting and hoses is also of equal importance, as these lines cannot be in the way of the mold operating in the press.  The tonnage and clamping pressure of the press is needed when designing the mold, and the barrel capacity is required to ensure production requirements can be met.  Download a FREE copy of our book “Design Considerations for Different Molds” for more information.

Michiana Global Mold has over 500 years of combined experience designing and building precision custom molds for various industries. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable engineers for a free quotation on your mold building requirements.  We can custom design molds for your applications, regardless of your molding environment.