Multi-component and co-injection molding can help low piece part costs by eliminating consolidating multiple molding and assembly steps into a single process. Think of multi-component systems as manufacturing cell. "It's not just a molding machine," says Bob Hare, general manager of Ferromatik's North American Operation, about one of the company's most recent multi-component systems. "It is a means to produce fully assembled parts that are ready for the market as they come off the machine."
And there's more to multi-component than reducing manufacturing costs. Multi-component technology allows material combinations and designs that differentiate the products, allowing a higher price. "Typically, if you have a multi-component part, especially in the consumer industry, you can achieve a significantly higher margin than with any single-component part," notes Joachim Kragl, manager, Processing Technologies, Engel.
Here's a look at some of the most recent systems that help make multi-component molding possible.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.