5 Tips to Improve the Efficiency of Your Injection Molding Machinery

Aug 8, 2023, 15:54 PM by The Stoner Molding Solutions Team
In the world of plastic products manufacturing, your injection molding machinery is the heart and soul of your operations. Keeping these machines performing at their best isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity.

A teal and yellow injection molding machine.In the world of plastic products manufacturing, your injection molding machinery is the heart and soul of your operations. Keeping these machines performing at their best isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity. But what happens when your hydraulic machines start showing signs of wear? Or when your all-electric equipment isn't running as efficiently as it should?

You've probably faced the frustration of disrupted production cycles due to unexpected issues with your machinery. Maybe you've had to halt your processes because of buildup on your mold runners or sprues. Perhaps you've encountered problems with the clamping unit or other critical components. These issues can lead to costly downtime, lower output, and compromised quality of your injection molded parts.

At Stoner Molding Solutions, we understand the challenges faced by injection molders like you. We know that maintaining your plastic injection molding machines isn't always straightforward. And that's why we're here to help. With over 80 years in the business, we've developed an extensive inventory of top-quality products designed specifically for your needs.

Whether you're looking for a compact solution for your smaller machines or need a reliable product for your larger hydraulic machines, we've got you covered. Our products include mold release pastes and sprays, cleaners, and sealers. And if we don't have exactly what you need, our team of experts will be more than happy to create a custom formulation for your unique process.

So, are you ready to enhance your injection molding operations' efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness? Let's take a closer look at how regular inspection, proper cleaning, and diligent maintenance can make a world of difference. And remember, if you have any questions or want to discuss your specific needs, we're just a phone call away. Let's get started on finding your perfect machine maintenance solution today!

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1. Regularly Inspect Your Machines

It's essential to regularly inspect your injection molding machinery to ensure it's in top working condition. Start by examining the exterior of your machine, looking for any visible signs of wear and tear or damage. Then, delve into the internal components, checking the clamping unit, electrical components, and other vital parts. Ensure that all moving parts operate smoothly and that there's no excessive noise or vibrations during operation.

Why is this inspection important? Regular inspections can help spot potential issues before they become major problems, saving you time, money, and potential downtime. Plus, you’ll earn a larger ROI on your molding machinery investment by increasing its longevity and efficiency. Remember, the sooner you can identify and correct an issue, the better performance you’ll get from your injection molds.

2. Keep the Mold Core and Cavity Clean

The cleanliness of your mold core and cavity directly impacts the quality of your injection molded parts. To clean these areas properly, use a cleaner specifically designed for injection molding machines, like the ones we offer.

Our most popular mold cleaner for injection molds is Cut Mold Cleaner #93234. This product is a non-chlorinated cleaner that is powerful, fast-acting, non-CFC, precise, and acts as a degreaser. It can remove mold releases, grease, oils, waxes, and more. This product dissolves quickly and displaces moisture. Apply the cleaner according to the instructions, then wipe away any residue with a soft cloth.

Clean molds result in better product quality as they prevent contamination of the molded plastic parts. Moreover, a clean mold core and cavity reduce the risk of damage to the equipment, thereby prolonging its lifespan.

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3. Check for Build Up on Mold’s Runners and Sprues

A close-up of an injection mold’s sprues and runners.Buildup on your mold's runners and sprues can lead to inefficiencies in your molding process, not to mention compromised part quality. To check for buildup, visually inspect these areas regularly and feel for any irregularities. If you find any buildup, use a specialized cleaning solution to dissolve it, then remove the residue with a non-abrasive tool.

Clearing buildup on mold's runners and sprues ensures smooth and efficient operations. It prevents clogging, which can lead to costly downtime and subpar product quality. By using Stoner Molding Solutions' cleaners, you can easily manage buildup and maintain optimal machinery performance.

4. Keep Your Mold Clean Between Uses

Even when not in use, you should keep your molds clean. You should apply a protective coating between uses, such as Stoner Molding Solutions' specially formulated rust preventatives. These products protect your mold from dust, corrosion, and other forms of damage when it's not in use.

Using the appropriate rust prevention spray can create a protective barrier for your carbon steel or other metal molds, halting rust formation. Our range includes four different anti-rust sprays, two of which come with an acid neutralizer to guard against fingerprint marks and one long-term formula that includes an indicator dye. With such a variety, you're sure to discover a solution that aligns with your needs.

Keeping your mold clean between uses is crucial for longevity and ensuring high-quality output. A well-maintained mold produces better plastic products and reduces the risk of unexpected issues during production.

5. Check Oil Levels

Finally, checking oil levels is critical to plastic injection molding machine maintenance. The oil in your machine keeps everything running smoothly, reducing friction between moving parts. Use the machine's designated gauge to check oil levels regularly and refill as necessary, adhering to the manufacturer's guidelines.

Maintaining proper oil levels is vital for the efficient operation of your machinery. It prevents excessive wear and tear, thus extending the life of your equipment. Stoner Molding Solutions provides high-grade oils, ensuring your machinery always has the best lubrication available.

Remember, Stoner Molding Solutions is here to assist you with all your injection molding machine maintenance needs. Our extensive inventory of products and our knowledgeable team are ready to help you keep your machinery in perfect condition.

For the Best Injection Molding Machinery Products, Choose Stoner Molding!

Maintaining your injection molding machinery is not just a responsibility—it's an investment in your operations' efficiency, reliability, and longevity. As we've discussed, regular inspections, keeping your mold clean, checking for buildup on runners and sprues, and monitoring oil levels are all crucial components of effective machine maintenance.

But we understand that these tasks can seem daunting. You may worry about finding the time for thorough inspections or feel unsure about the best methods for cleaning your molds. You might even wonder if you're using the right products to protect and preserve your valuable machinery.

That's where Stoner Molding Solutions comes in. With our extensive inventory of high-quality molding products, we're here to support you every step of the way. Whether you're working with compact hydraulic machines or expansive all-electric systems, we have the tools and expertise to help you keep your equipment in peak condition.

Remember, the quality of your plastic products starts with the condition of your injection molding machines. By investing in regular maintenance and using the right products, you can ensure the consistent production of high-quality parts and keep your operations running smoothly.

So, why not take the first step towards better machinery maintenance today? Our team of experts is ready and waiting to help you find the perfect solution for your specific needs. Contact us to learn more about how Stoner Molding Solutions can help you maximize the efficiency and lifespan of your injection molding machinery.

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