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DEC 2018

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32 MoldMaking Technology —— DECEMBER 2018 MAINTENANCE MATTERS How Will Industry 4.0 Impact Mold Maintenance? By Steve Johnson Industry 4.0 has been getting a lot of attention from molders as they look to take advantage of connecting pro- cessing information with production information to efficiently produce qual- ity parts on time. This common goal is the tagline for the MoldTrax electronic maintenance system. For example, MoldTrax collects, analyzes and shares accurate data to drive business suc- cess. It only makes sense that as the 4.0 culture continues to grow within the molding industry, the mold repair side of the business starts asking: "What's in it for me?" Maintenance professionals need to understand how or if a 4.0 culture can help them do a better job of trouble- shooting and maintaining their molds, and which piece of this broad range of electronic data could be useful in both short- and long-term maintenance plans. Here is a look at the electronic benefits that are pos- sible for mold repair. Data Devices In a typical firefighting repair culture, toolroom technicians do not always know where to start, so they begin at the end and work backward. They examine live electronic data on molding parameters available through products that bolt on or wire into a mold or press. The challenge is knowing what data helps improve troubleshooting efforts and corrective action resolutions. Five basic functions of these data devices are the date and time that a mold started and stopped, the shot or cycle count (over a lifetime or recently), cycle time (minimum/maximum/aver- age), mold/cavity sensors (the injection pressure, temperature, melt viscos- ity and clamp pressure) and sensor or micro-switch failures. These features are captured through an electronic sig- nal and fed to numerous host systems, which analyze the information and then feed it back to the user in a report, graph or chart that provides clues to the current mold or part situation. Each supplier configures the data to "signal" the usefulness of the information to various segments of a molding operation. From there, a technician must determine the value of this data. At first glance, the data can serve as an alert function These graphs are examples of metrics that are critical for repair technicians to monitor, but because electronic signals cannot provide this data, it can only be collected via manual entry. Images courtesy of MoldTrax. X-Flash Issues X-Cavitation X-Mold Damage X-Internal Water Leak X-Gate Issues X-Galled Tooling X-Dimensional Issues X-Ejector Plate Won't Function X-Incorrect Mold Assembly X-Parts Sticking Top 10 X-Stop Reasons *6870 : ADH-Cup "C" 1TD-6816 : ADH-Cup "B" *6749 : ADH-Cup "D" 6963-D : Hood, Pin *6138 : Valvefeed "B" 6721 : ADH-Ax Bottom 6471-C : 18 ML VHC Helix 6717 : ADH-3-Hole Locking Plate 6942 : ADH-Round Cup *5895 : Ress-Tubefeed "A" Top 10 Molds by Defect Count

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