July 19, 2022
Quick Mold Change Guide
Three ways to implement SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die) in Injection Molding Operations.
Manufacturing Engineers strive to reduce setup times and maximize machine run times, increasing profits. Converting internal operations (done when the press is idle) to external operations (done while the media is running) reduces setup times.
Additionally, internal operations can reduce setup times by using the proper tools to decrease the time required. A select group of SMARTFLOW products help manufacturing engineers can achieve their goals.
FasTie Quick Ejector Tie-In
FasTie Quick Ejector Tie-In slashes knockout connection time to seconds with quick couplers and studs. FasTie couplers reside in the press ejector plate. When a mold change is performed, ejector tie-in is literally a snap! FasTie studs are fastened to each mold in storage.
Duoflow Manifolds convert an internal operation to an external process by connecting all cooling water lines to a mold-mounted cooling water manifold. Reducing water hook-up to seconds by using one connection for Supply Water and one connection for Return Water with quick disconnect fittings on the ends.
SWAP Valves reduce the time required for cooling line evacuation between mold changes to seconds instead of minutes while keeping shop floors clean. SWAP Valves use shop air to evacuate fluid from cooling lines with a single handle motion.