3 Reasons Why You Need a Vision Mold Protection System for your Injection Molding Machine
On a regular basis, we hear from customers that they damaged their molds, which causes significant headaches, loss time and money. When the mold goes down, it’s a race to fix or replace the mold since downtime can jeopardize your project and program. It is important to be proactive in protecting your molds before any issues occur. Below are 3 reasons why you should have a vision mold protection system for your injection molding machines.
1. Eliminate Mold Damage
The important factor in investing in a vision mold protection system is to protect your mold. The Sigmax system integrates directly into the I/O signal system controls of the injection molding machine with no lag. The unit will monitor and detect improper positioning of slide cores and ejector pins and virtually eliminate catastrophic damage of these parts as well as the need for unnecessary ejections. When there is a problem (e.g. detection failed ejection of part) system will show an error and prevent production from moving forward. The system will require the operator to open the safety gate door and check for any sticking parts and all codes need to be cleared before restarting the machine.
2. Insert Molding
Insert molding is a process in which a preformed part, typically metal, is loaded into a mold and plastic is molded around this part.
The Sigmax vision system will be able to detect the following:
- Missing insert(s)
- Misaligned insert(s)
- Double insert(s)
3. Part Inspection – Short Shot
The Sigmax vision system will be able to detect short shorts, which is basically an incomplete part. The Sigmax vision system will be able to detect sizes down to 0.001 inches or 0.25mm. With this feature, our system will eliminate defects and crushed parts and in turn will be able to forecast shortages in production.
Every injection molder should have a vision mold protection system, but it would have to make financial sense. There is a stigma that these vision mold protection systems are expensive, complicated to operate and setup is difficult. The Sigmax vision mold protection system is easy to setup and operate and relatively inexpensive when compared against having to fix or even replacing your mold.
The ROI on a vision mold protection system is easy to determine: How much it will cost if a mold needs to be fixed or replaced?