How to Improve Mold Quality? (Top 10 Key Factors)

The mold manufacturing process is a complex process, from design, processing, assembling and debugging steps, finally can really be put into use, in the entire life cycle, the influencing factors on the quality of the mold has the following 10 aspects:

Die Steel

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

Steel is the decisive factor of mold quality, choosing reasonable steel is the top priority.

The standard for selecting steel is:

① Requirements for injection molding materials

Different types of plastic should use different types of steel, such as high polishing requirements, corrosion resistance and so on.

② The price

It can be ok if the steel performance can meet the requirements, not the more expensive the better;

Considering the cost factor of the mold, the mold steel should be selected corresponding to the die life to avoid unnecessary waste.

③ Heat treatment.

The surface treatment of the mold is also very important.

Nitrification – can enhance the surface hardness of steel and prolong die life.

Electroplating – can be effectively modified for mold steel, and some plastic materials which requiring high brightness and corrosion resistance can strengthen and improve the performance of steel by electroplating.

Structure Design

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

The mature mold structure not only takes into account the material properties of the product — shrinkage, forming temperature, elastic tensile deformation coefficient, etc., but also takes into account the speed of cooling water, opening and closing modes speed.

Reasonable mold structure can effectively prolong die life and ensure smooth production of mold. Improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Mold Processing

A handy tool makes a handyman.

It is particularly important to arrange the molding process. Reasonable process arrangement can speed up the production cycle, shorten processing time and save cost effectively.

Moreover, it is more important that precise and reasonable processing can ensure the stability and prolong the life of the mold in the production process.

The processing error can cause the mold to burn to weld, no matter how good is the welding, it is a kind of loss to the mold;

Besides, it can also affect the mold movement, reduce die life, and cause the mold to break even in the production process.

Standard Parts

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

The one that determines the capacity of a bucket is the lowest.

This is understandable, but it is often overlooked when you do it.

The mold is the same, the standard parts are not directly involved in shaping but control the whole mold operation.

Good standard parts should be able to wear resistant, hard enough, high precision, not easy deformation.

Different brands have a wide spread of standard parts, so do not just kill the price, otherwise, your mold quality will be seriously affected.

Dies Arrangement

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

Dies arrange is against the experience of the tool fitter, the seemingly simple work is the most technical work.

The complex mold mainly counts on these skills.

The flat die is the simplest, as long as there is no flying edge on the fractal surface will be ok.

As auto parts die is very troublesome, not only the fractal plane is more irregular, and often include multiple sliders, top block.

Meanwhile, it can improve other problems through mold arrangement.

So it’s a comprehensive work.

Mold Polishing

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

The polishing of the mold is the last part of the mold making.

The polishing is directly reflected in the plastic parts, so it is the most “outlook” work.

Polishing can also help the mold action, especially for the demold.

Often some die production is not smooth because of the polish is not in place, the resistance is too big, which cause demold hard, even stress mark and top end crack, etc.

Mold Assembly

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

Die assembly like to assemble the machine and every part, each screw can’t go wrong, otherwise, the consequences will be severe, at best it will lead to the product defects, affect production, or damage the mold completely, and causing scrap.

So the assembly must be very meticulous.

Special attention should be paid to the cleaning of the mold in the process of assembly, especially the water path, screw holes, must be blown clean of iron, otherwise, the customer will be very angry.

Hot Runner or Cold Runner

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

This actually has the least impact on mold quality, because the hot runner is generally designated by customers, especially for big customers.

Whether in quality or after-sales service of the foreign famous brand, they all did very well, so quality is generally not a problem.

It’s just that some of the heat runners in China are of very different quality.

In order to fight for the advantage of the price, individual small businesses always save the cost and use some unreliable heating and transmission accessories, which are easy to cause problems.

The main problem of the cold runner is how to ensure the balance of injection molding, the size of the injection mouth, the injection pressure and so on.

Cooling Water

Top 10 Key Factors to Improve Mold Quality

Anyone with experience in the mold knows how important cooling is to mold.

Because of the increase in prices and human wages, the producers will get a huge amount of profit by reducing the injection cycle for mass production.

But at the same time will cause the mold temperature to rise, if not effectively control will make the mold not be formed, or even lead to mold deformation and be scrapped.

Therefore, excellent waterway design is particularly important, including the distribution density, diameter, and links among the waterways.

Mold Maintenance

Mold maintenance mainly refers to the maintenance in the production process.

It is like a car, if you don’t use it for a long time and don’t carry out maintenance, it will be scrapped.

Therefore, every time the mold is used, it should be fully maintained, especially the rust of the forming part and the anti-rust of the main moving parts.

Because the mold is connected to the water during the production process, the water may be dropped on the mold during installation or disassembly, so make sure the mold is dry, and then brush a layer of oil to protect it.

2 thoughts on “How to Improve Mold Quality? (Top 10 Key Factors)”

  1. Quite interesting post!! Give me lots of valuable information about improving the mold quality. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Looking for others to share their experience. Thanks!!

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