Injection Mold Maintenance

it is far from being sufficiently appreciated amongst injection mold users that the continued successful operation of plastic injection molds, which in reality are precision tools of a high order of mechanical accuracy and costliness,entails a well-thought-out scheme of maintenance and the provision of properly designed and suitable facilities if such tools are to be maintained at the maximum working efficiency.

Why injection mold maintenance need?

The prime purpose of such a system of planned maintenance will not only be to enable the injection mold tool-maker the more, effectively and expeditiously to deal with any actual breakdown—although these benefits will undoubtedly be gained—but by arranging for an orderly and regular scheme of inspection and checking,covering all mechanical features of every injection mold in use, developing faults and very minor errors or damage will be detected and dealt with at a sufficiently early stage to obviate the more serious failure and breakdown.

Only in this organised way will it be possible to ensure freedom from extensive injection mold damage and prolonged cessation of production as a result.

How to practice injection mold maintenance?

In pursuing the study of skilled injection molds maintenance services, it will be accessary to examine in close detail very many important factors involved in the creation of a plastic injection mold, commencing with the design stage,where much can be accomplished to render maintenance work more simple and less frequently required, and onwards through the entire manufacturing process, to the completion of the injection mold and its setting-up on the machine for trials and later production.

Attention will also have to be given to such matters as injection mold storage when injection molds arc not in production use, transportation of tools to and from storage and production shops, and the provision of properly designed equipment for facilitating all such operations. Training of injection mold operators and setters in the correct manner of operating the injection molds will also have to be considered, as also the provision of proper tools and working appliances needed with each injection mold.

Furthermore, the question will call tor attention of effectively recording in a permanent form all data connected with the detection and correction of all injection mold faults, and indeed every repair activity incurred.

It will be examined in detailed fashion and numerous illustrations given, especially in respect of injection mold designs, mechanisms, and constructions, to show those forms which will conduce to better performance and reduced maintenance attention because of their reduced liability to error breakdown.

It would appear to be almost a self-evident fact that in order to secure continuously successful production and operating results from plastic injection molds,it is not sufficient merely to expend highly skilled labor and craftsmanship coupled with great cost upon the creation of such tools without also providing to a commensurate degree for their effective maintenance, so that they can be retained in sound working condition throughout a reasonably lengthy working life with the minimum of trouble,expense and worry on the part of those charged with their maintenance.

All too frequently this aspect of injection molding practice is neglected, and one often encounters otherwise efficiently managed injection moldings shops and well-organized tool-rooms in association with them, where the provisions for dealing with repairs arc very mediocre, whilst the efforts for organised detection and correction of developing minor faults, etc., are almost non-existent. Such matters usually are left to the discretion of a machine operator,and rarely does one find anyone with a higher degree of skill attending to such matters in a regular pre-arranged manner.