Georg Fischer Sets Strategy for Success in Recovering Economy

At the company’s March annual general meeting, the shareholders of Georg Fischer AG approved all proposals of the board of directors, elected a new board member, and approved the 2002 annual report. In 2002 Georg Fischer reinforced its market position in a difficult environment and focused successfully on implementing its strategy.

Dr. Kurt Stirnemann was elected to the board, replacing Martin Huber as board delegate and chief executive officer. Huber now serves as chairman of the board. The other seven directors are Dr. Hannes Goetz, vice chairman, Prof. Gertrud Höhler, Prof. Roman Boutellier, Flavio Cotti, Ulrich Graf, Bruno Hug, and Gerold Bührer. Also effective as of the March meeting, Dr. Jürg Krebser took over as president of the Georg Fischer manufacturing technology group (Agie Charmilles) and Yves Serra became president of the piping systems group.

Its withdrawal from the plant engineering business and the value adjustment made on the stake in Coperion resulted in a net loss for Georg Fischer of Fr 20 million in 2002. Although sales declined by 11%, the company maintained or, in some areas, increased its market share. The far-reaching measures taken to cut costs in no way impaired its strength or momentum. Georg Fischer is ready to benefit quickly and powerfully from an economic recovery.

Custom Springs and Wire Forms

Communication Makes the Difference for Maker of Custom Springs and Wire Forms

McKees, PA—For Ace Wire Spring & Form Company, Inc. offer machining parts, aluminum die casting parts, metal parts, spring parts, plastic injection molding parts, etc. innovative CNC wire forming technology is a key capability that increases productivity while helping to ensure consistency of quality and on-time delivery. But it’s only one of several core competencies that have helped build the company’s reputation as a custom manufacturer of springs and wire forms. In business since 1939, the ISO 9001:2000-certified company makes custom and precision springs and wire forms for diversified applications, serving virtually every conceivable industry.

“Almost everything uses a spring,” says Linda Froehlich, owner of Ace Wire Spring & Form. “We make springs for mechanical applications in industries such as agricultural, aerospace, automotive, lawn and gardening, and power-generating equipment.”

Types of springs manufactured by the company include compression, extension, torsion, and coil springs, as well as garter, power, assembly, and specialty springs. Using CNC technology, Ace Wire Spring manufactures springs in wire diameters ranging from 0.003-inch to 0.625-inch. The firm’s precision wire forming machines are capable of forming round wire in diameters from 0.030-inch up to 0.312-inch, with a maximum length of 30 inches. They also form flat wire up to 2-½ inches in width and ¼-inch thickness, with maximum feed length of 15 inches, according to the company.

“There’s the easy way to make a spring and there’s the right way,” says Harry Bollinger, chief sales engineer. “We do it the right way.”

At Ace Wire Spring, “doing it the right way” is a process that relies greatly on communications with customers. It requires asking the appropriate questions, actively listening to the answers, and doing everything possible to understand the customer’s objectives. The process is built on an understanding that each customer has a unique problem that they’re trying to solve.

“Asking questions is key,” says Sanford (Sandy) Glick, the firm’s national sales manager. “But you have to ask the right questions.” By asking the right questions, Ace Wire Spring can get a clear understanding of the environment in which the spring or wire form is intended to function. The company is then in position to produce the parts that are best suited to meeting customers’ requirements. Questions are typically aimed at understanding operating conditions such as heat, atmosphere, and stress level, all of which are important in selecting the appropriate material or choosing a coating to protect the part. But the company is also aware that tolerances initially specified in designs for springs are often not necessary to achieve the manufacturer’s objective for the part.

“People put machine tolerances on drawings, but bending metal is not the same thing,” says Glick. “By asking customers why they’ve chosen the tolerances that they have, we can get the information needed to solve a problem and reduce our customer’s costs.”

With four engineers on staff, Ace Wire Spring can readily assist customers with design for manufacturability issues by providing recommendations on part design, tolerances, and material selection. The company verifies all part designs with its engineering software, a practice that uncovers potential problems, for example, that could result from a specified dimension that puts too much load stress on a spring. If such a dimension is found, the company will consult with the customer and recommend a spring design more suited to achieving the customer’s objectives. “That’s how we create alliances,” says Bollinger. “We become part of our customer’s team.”

Ace Wire Spring’s thorough knowledge of metallurgy informs its selection of appropriate materials for a wide range of operating conditions. Issues such as high-temperature performance, resistance to corrosion, and fatigue properties under conditions of vibration are some of the metallurgical considerations that Ace regularly evaluates.

The company also strives to accommodate its customers’ needs by working to develop new equipment, machinery, and plastic tooling suited to their manufacturing requirements. But regardless of the project, Ace Wire Spring is always mindful of the essential role that communication plays in technical problem-solving and, ultimately customer satisfaction.

“We’ll call a customer if we’re going to be late, or if we see a problem with material—we don’t surprise them,” says Bollinger. “People are often amazed that we’re doing this.”

Orycon Control Takes On Europe with New Sales Agent in Switzerland

Suma Consulting of Benken (SG), Switzerland, is the new Swiss sales agent for Orycon Control Technology Inc. Orycon plans to add additional sales and technical offices in strategic European locations in the near future.

Orycon has distinguished itself in the United States as a manufacturer of high-precision, high-reliability, and user-friendly hot runner systems.

“I believe that we are long overdue in entering the European market,” says Sal Benenati, president of Orycon. “We can offer hot runners that are easier to use, more reliable, and more competitively priced. As a company, we have 23 years of hot runner experience, and many of our innovations have been adopted by other suppliers around the world.

“I know that our entry will have a positive impact in the European mould making industry.”

Enge Plas Named as Service Rep for Trexel in Singapore, Malaysia

Enge Plas Automation PTE Ltd. is now the service representative for Trexel, Inc. in Singapore and Malaysia. Trexel will continue to handle direct sales on its own. Trexel is the exclusive worldwide developer and licenser of the MuCell microcellular process technology. Enge Plas is known for its expertise in plasticating component service.

Enge Plas technicians have received expert training at Trexel and are fully-certified to support licensees in Singapore and Malaysia.

The MuCell process is suitable for a wide range of injection-molded, extruded, and blow-molded products. The technology is designed to reduce product costs while enhancing design and processing. MuCell parts, which have a solid-like appearance, contain less material than parts produced through other methods, yet maintain most of their former properties. The process also can eliminate stress, warpage, and sink marks, and greatly improve productivity. These benefits allow designers to specify lightweight, polymer-saving foam materials for products in which conventionally foamed materials would be unacceptable.

Charmilles to Host Extrusion Tooling Seminar in United States

Charmilles will host a two-day extrusion-tooling seminar, October 22-23, at its North American headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA. The two-day seminar will be delivered by Dave Friedwald, a designer of complex extrusion dies and sizers.

The first day of the seminar addresses vacuum sizing. Attendees will learn how to design, manufacture and use a fast cooling vacuum sizer that cools plastic profiles 540 times faster than water. In addition, they will learn how to choose the right vacuum pump, and how to taper each sizer for specific tolerances and materials.

Day two of the seminar focuses on dies, and will address the advantages of using sizers, design technologies to maximize wire EDMs for adapters and dies, hollow profile tooling, vinyl profiles, as well as troubleshooting pitfalls. Friedwald will also instruct participants how to eliminate sink marks in plastic profile.

“This seminar focuses on hands-on learning,” says Gisbert Ledvon, marketing manager for Charmilles. “We chose Dave as our presenter not only because of his expertise in the extrusion die field, but because the application of his techniques have been successfully applied to manufacturing processes worldwide, and saved many companies time and money.”

Friedwald spent several years working at extrusion firms before he and a partner started a new business in which they developed a number of machines that are currently used in the extrusion industry, including vacuum tanks and cutters. Friedwald has also operated a wire EDM shop. He started his own consulting and design company, Extrusion Die Technologies in 1985 and delivers seminars regularly to companies in the United States.

These seminars can be attended independently, but are most effective when attended in succession as part of a comprehensive two-day event.

Aluminum tool robot

SMT Tricept Partners with ABB in
Marketing Machine Tool Robot

An agreement with SMT t gives ABB  the right to integrate and sell the company’s patented machine tool robot, the Tricept, in conjunction with ABB’s S4Cplus control system.

The robot will be marketed by ABB under the product name IRB 940 Tricept, and is intended primarily for the machining of aluminum castings for the automotive industry. The IRB 940 Tricept was launched at the September IMTS in Chicago.

ABB has a strong position in the production and processing of aluminum components, but it had been lacking a product with the sturdiness needed to meet the demands of highly accurate machining. The IRB 940 Tricept is a good example of ABB’s initiative in intensifying research and development collaboration with integrators and other collaborating partners.

ABB’s robotic offering spans most of the production process for the manufacture and process aluminum components. For heavier machining, supplementary equipment was needed, and it is here that the Tricept has found a niche

Alcoa Broadens UK Distribution of
High-Strength Aluminum Materials

Thyssen Krupp Materials is now a distributor of Alcoa Europe Flat Rolled Products’ Alumec™ high-strength aluminum materials. This material is used primarily for plastic mold and blow molds. The Alumec product range covers aluminum mold plate manufactured in Birmingham, UK, and aluminum extruded bar manufactured in Hanover, Germany.

Baco Metal Centres, a subsidiary of Alcoa Manufacturing (GB), will also continue to distribute Alumec mold materials to the British tool making industry.

UK sales of Alcoa Alumec products will be handled centrally by the Thyssen Krupp Materials Special Products facility in Smethwick, West Midlands, in coordination with its field sales force network and in-house customer services and technical teams.

New President at ProMetal Has Global Research, Manufacturing Experience

ProMetal, a division of Extrude Hone Corp. that provides advanced rapid production equipment, technology, materials, spot and contract production services, has a new president: Rick Dove, who has in-depth experience in research and agile manufacturing.

ProMetal’s ProMetal® 3D printing process produces fully functional metal parts and ceramic objects from CAD files in a matter of hours or days.

“At ProMetal, we are creating a global network of rapid production services that combine breakthrough part-creation technology with Extrude Hone finishing capability,” says Dove. “These are the first facilities of their kind in the work, delivering truly agile rapid production and mass customization of metal and ceramic parts, tools and finished goods.”

Plastic Molds

DONGGUAN SINCERE TECH is located in Changping Town, Dongguan City, China. It only takes 40 minutes from Shenzhen Airport or Sekou Port to our factory. We enjoy convenient transportation in our city.

SINCERE TECH is known as one of the best mold manufacturer China Companies and exporters for plastic molds for household articles, Plastic chair mould, pallet mould, create mould, automotive mould and so on. Our moulds are mainly exported to Italy, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Argentina, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Philippines and other 20 countries.
We have a full range of CNC machining centres, large gantry milling machines, vertical milling machines, CNC engraving Machines, electric spark(EDM), wire cutters, etc. We have advanced technology for CAD / CAM / CAE design and rich experiences in mould making. This makes us have great ability to manufacture big size moulds, complex moulds, deep-cavity moulds, thin wall moulds and high precision moulds.

plastic molds

We have a strong technical team. We have 5 senior designers and 20 engineers who have more than 15years experiences in mould making. Our designers are good at designing new products and mould structure. In order to avoid any defects during mould manufacturing, we usually do the mould flow analysis for the mould before we start the work on it. After mould flow analysis, we decide the mould injection gate and structure. Therefore, the mould can be finished successfully and smoothly.
Our current main business is as follows:
1) household moulds: plastic chair mouldstable mouldsbuckets mouldslaundry basket mouldstrash bin moulds, kitchenware moulds, etc.
2) Industrial moulds we produce pallet mould, Plastic crate mould, paint container mould, etc.
3) Thin wall moulds we produce thin wall cup mouldsthin-wall tablewares molds, etc.
4) Pipe fitting moulds we produce PPR pipe fittings moulds, PE\PVC pipe fittings moulds.
5) Automotive parts: bumper moulddashboard mould, etc.
6) packaging moulds: blowing mouldbottle mouldcap mould, etc.

Why will you choose us:
1. Good quality
2. Punctual delivery time 
3. Competitive prices
4. Excellent after-sale service.
5. Professional communication with customers during the mould process.
6. We can provide the whole set of production line for injection moulding.
We always focus on perfection on quality and services. We would like to supply our best services and our best products for all the customers.
Please feel free to contact us by telephone, email or Messenger at any time if you are interested in our company. You are always welcome to visit our plastic mold company.
Let’s start our cooperation and create mutual benefits for each other soon!

Injection Molding

Over the past year, we’ve had many requests for technical seminars so we put together an impressive three-day course to be held this year in eight cities nationwide. Visit us for details. The new seminars, part of our Paulson Plastics Academy, specifically focuses on the fundamentals and science of injection molding automotive parts–ideal for anyone wishing to understand the plastic molding process. This certification seminar begins February 22-24, in California with a seminar held every month through to October. Plastics Pioneer and Paulson Training CEO, Don Paulson will be attending February’s seminar. If you haven’t met Don, this would be an ideal time to do so. He has developed several well-known Plastics processes and holds nine US patents. If you’ve always wanted to know the Hows and Whys of the Plastics molding industry here’s your chance. Register today. Seats are limited to 20.

New Electric Injection Molding Machine Course

Compare to injection molding automotive parts, electric molding machines now account for over 50% of new machine sales. There are several reasons for their popularity, more precise control, lower electricity consumption, and potentially faster cycles are among the reasons. But along with these and other advantages are potential problems. To avoid very expensive operating mistakes, these machines require knowledgeable personnel with a comprehensive understanding of this new technology. It was time we created an effective training course to address the growing demands of this new technology. We set to work creating new, robust graphics showing close-up details of the machine and controls; we assembled our filming crew and head out to a state-of-the-art processing plant to film the actual machine in use and of course, we applied our expert knowledge for the script of each lesson. In short, we’ve created a comprehensive three-lesson course including specifics in machine design, cycle and parts; effects of controls; and how to optimize electric machine settings and much, much more. We have some special pre-release offers going. Give us a call to learn more. Our new product ships on July 30, 2010. Give us a call we’d love to hear from you and are ready to answer any of your questions.

INJECTION MOLDING TRAINING: Basic Molding Machine Operations

This is an introductory injection molding training course describing molding machine parts and operation, operator responsibilities, safe practices and identifying part defects. It is ideal for all operators, entry-level employees, temporary employees, and even job candidates. Also available in Spanish.

  • Lesson 1 – This plastics training lesson starts with an overview of the injection molding process, then covers basic material handling does and donts, machine part identification and standard operator responsibilities during the molding cycle. Emphasis is given to operating safety, protection of molds from damage, and proper plastic part handling.
  • Lesson 2 – This plastics training lesson explains molding machine operations. It also discusses regrinding, trimming flash and degating plastic parts from runners. Employees are taught to identify common part defects such as short shots, flash, warp, surface defects and color changes.

Paulson School of Molding is fully interactive plastics training program introduces newcomers to technology using injection molding training with full motion video, text, audio and graphics animation.

injection unit

The Twinshot patented co-injection technology is a cost-effective process that can give you a distinct competitive advantage within your marketplace by significantly reducing part cost while improving product quality. It’s a single injection unit , co-injection molding system that can be easily retrofit to your current screw/barrel injection molding machine.

Available only from Spirex, Twinshot enables a conventional machine with a single barrel and screw to inject two materials in one operation, with one material totally enclosing the other. This new co-injection molding technique removes the obstacles to widespread co-injection utilization while preserving all of the traditional benefits. Simplicity and low cost differentiate this innovative technology from other co-injection processes. With this new system, virtually any custom or proprietary molder can afford co-injection equipment.

  • Single screw, single barrel, single recovery, single shot, single cycle… two materials.
  • Two independent melting sections (one for the skin material and the other for the core material) with multi-zone temperature control.
  • Single shot mold fill. The first part of the shot is skin; the second part is core.
  • Mold fill follows fountain flow principles causing skin material to fill the outer geometry of the part and cool as the inner material flows through the molten core.
  • Volume is controlled by varying primary or auger feeder screw speeds.
  • Result is a three-layer or “sandwich” construction A-B-A.