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12 MoldMaking Technology —— SEPTEMBER 2018 Profile that Arbug supplies. This cell is completed with our integra- tion of automation using the end-of-arm tooling for assembly. Depending on the parts that the customer is molding and assembling, there is flexibility in how we configure the injec- tion units. For example, we can configure them side-by-side, piggy-backed or vertically. Regardless, the parts would still meet customer requirements. This just gives our customer the flexibility to use different injection molding machines or standard injection molding machines. The customer might be limited by space and the ceiling height, so they may want, for instance, side-by-side injection units and not vertical injection units. Provide an example for in-mold and near-mold automation, and explain how these approaches to injection molding fundamentally are changing the way Zahoransky's customers produce their end products. Cummings: Honestly, we call it in- mold assembly (IMA), but typically assembly is done outside of the mold. If the assembly is done inside the mold, then it can only happen when the mold is open, which does not apply to the system I described. If assembly is done right beside the mold, the advantages are huge. For one, the customer can start to mold more parts while assem- bling simultaneously whereas with in-mold assembly, the customer would have to wait until the assembling is completed before the customer can shoot the next shot for molding. Fundamentally, we are on the cut- ting edge of injection mold Zahoransky is probably best known for the molds it builds to make toothbrushes and other oral care products. This toothbrush handle and head mold is part of the company's Z.Platform line, which enables quick product changes for up to six components using a fully automated, quick- changeover system with gripper heads to change out modular mold inserts. The company says that this system accelerates product changeovers and reduces tool costs by approximately 50 percent. Powered by Tiger·tec ® Silver M4000 is the universal system for all users who want to have as many options as possible when milling. The M4000 range can master all machining tasks with our most efficient indexable insert powered by Tiger·tec ® Silver. Whether it is a shoulder milling cutter, high-feed cutter, chamfer milling cutter, or T-slot milling cutter, the square system indexable inserts can be used across the entire M4000 range. Save time and money, and invest in the future. As the Walter Green seal shows: The M4000 is fully CO 2 compensated – from raw material to manufacturing to storage. M4000 Efficiency across all generations. walter-tools.com/us

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