Seems like a really promising technology and one that could have significant ramifications for manufacturers given the widespread use of injection molding in production. Is this a technology experiment or is DuPont further along in terms of trials or early use case testing, or perhaps even gearing up to commercialize the technology?
Like most innovations, the total cost of adoption is based on the predicted savings and the cost to upgrade. 30% time savings is really attractive in a high-volume process, but that will be balanced by the cost to modify or replace the existing tools. I'm going to guess that DuPont has done their homework and charted a path that includes the cost of tool upgrades. Otherwise this innovation will take a large time to permeate production floors as they replace older equipment or build new lines.
I am a little confused on how this technology is used especially in regards to the moving side mold cylinder. Where does the dosed melt cushion come from on the moving side of the mold. I can sort of understand adding material through the hot runner, but this is still hard to grasp. In most injection molding applications, all of the fill, pack, and hold pressures are applied by the injection screw. The length of time for pack and hold are determined by the gate freeze off time. Some better description of what this technology does would help in applying it.
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