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Quick-ChangeTM System Advantages
Quick-Change tooling offers you advantages at every step in the manufacturing process...from tooling lead time and cost to production and inventory control.
New tooling orders require less lead time because only a companion insert mold is required, not an entire standard mold base. This results in less time required for machining. Also, standard insert molds are usually shipped immediately from stock, seldom require more than seven to ten working days.
LOWER TOOLING COSTS:
Since only an insert mold is needed for new, standby or replacement tooling, the cost is less for both material and fabrication. Costs are reduced as much as 66 percent. Another cost reduction feature is the use of spacer bars in larger frames. These permit the use of smaller, less expensive insert molds.
FASTER INITIAL MOLD SETUP:
The MUD Quick-Change frame stays in the molding machine. Initial setup is simply a matter of sliding the insert mold in, then clamping it and connecting the heating or cooling lines.
MAXIMUM HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION:
H frames and Double H frames offer special advantages for high volume production. Multiple insert molds permit doubling (H frame) or quadrupling (Double H frame) quantities each cycle. Production is virtually uninterrupted during maintenance or repair by using quickly installed backup insert molds.
QUICKER PRODUCTION CHANGEOVERS:
Just loosen four clamps, disconnect heating or cooling lines and slide the insert mold from the Quick-Change frame. Then slide in the replacement, reclamp, and reconnect the lines. Most changeovers require less than five minutes.
Because MUD insert molds can be interchanged in moments, the machine cylinder is not likely to require purging due to overheating. Both raw material and production time are saved.
EASIER MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR:
MUD insert molds are faster to remove and reinstall than standard mold bases. They are also much lighter and smaller. This means scheduled preventative maintenance is much easier to perform. There is also less down time if the insert mold is ever removed for modification or repair. If the insert mold must be out for a long period, a replacement can be easily installed and the machine back in production within five minutes.
Since the MUD Quick-Change frame stays in the machine, only the companion insert mold needs to be stored. Their lighter weight and smaller size means easier handling. Most models can be stored on bookcase-type shelves.
MUD Quick-Change H frames and Double H frames are designed for simultaneous molding with two or more companion insert molds. These insert molds can be interchanged independently. When single insert mold production is scheduled, blank insert molds are easily installed. Duplicate insert molds can be installed when greater volume of a part is required.
MUD companion insert molds are available in T-style and standard style and in solid and laminated construction. Design latitude is unlimited. Insert molds can be engineered for parts requiring stripper plates, sleeve ejection, single or double cam action, hydraulic, mechanical or pneumatic cylinders...virtually any feature desired including three- and four-plate designs.
Quick-ChangeTM System Applications
PROTOTYPES AND SAMPLES:
Faster setup and start up means the Master Unit Die Concept is ideal for this type of application. Even more important, engineering changes involve only the companion insert mold, not an entire standard mold base. This keeps sample and experimental tooling time and cost to an absolute minimum.
ALUMINUM INSERT MOLDS:
The thermal conductivity of available aluminum insert molds approaches four times that of steel for even faster cycling times. These light weight insert molds are also easy to handle and can be machined at higher speeds. MUD stocks three sizes of aluminum inserts and will manufacture others upon your request.
SHORT PRODUCTION RUNS:
MUD insert molds offer unparalleled advantages when a variety of parts must be produced in a short time period, a major plus for just-in-time scheduling. Literally hours of production time are gained by these fast changeovers, often eliminating the need for overtime. The lower cost of these insert molds also makes duplicate tooling attractive insurance for meeting critical deadlines.
HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION:
The simultaneous molding of parts in multi-section frames is one of the major Quick-Change advantages in increasing productivity. So is the lower cost of backup insert molds. Another advantage is the ease and speed of installing insert molds since this almost eliminates production down time. And since all molds require some maintenance, this time gained in removing and installing insert molds has added significance. MUD Quick-Change frames and companion insert molds are also constructed with the precision, the strength and the reliability to meet the demands of high volume production.