News & Articles

  • All
  • Die Stamping
  • General News
  • Metal Stamping
  • Plastic & Injection Molding
  • White Paper

Quick-Die-Change Strategy – Q&A with an Expert

Making quick, efficient transitions from stamping the last part of one run to first-part approval of the next run continues to take on a growing level of importance, as stampers strive to squeeze every vestige of productivity from their equipment. Here, Klimowicz shares his perspectives on QDC strategies with MetalForming, September 2016, page 34.

How to Implement Quick Die Change: 8 Easy steps to increased stamping productivity & profits

Few lean manufacturing methods increase press uptime, lower per-part costs, and provide an immediate return on investment (ROI) as readily as quick die change (QDC) does. Although the merits of QDC likely are well understood within the stamping field, tailoring a program to a company’s current equipment and operational requirements can be challenging. Generally, implementing […]

In Search of the Infinite Processing Window

Similar to Bolt Torque (preload), Core Pull Cylinder preload using KOR-LOK preloading and locking cylinders can yield zero core movement during injection and help molders achieve an infinite processing window. Read the article published on the MoldMaking Technology website.

Modular Side-Action System in Medical Part Molding Reduces Downtime, Cycle Times

Star Die Molding case study discusses the benefits of Modular Side-Actions – PFA’s Hydraulic Locking Core Pull cylinders as a Modular Side-Action System. Read the article on Moldmaking Technology’s website.

Trio of New Presses Gets SMED Upgrades

Hydraulic die clamps and die lifters installed on three new mechanical presses boosts press uptime by nearly an hour per shift per press, resulting in an 18-month payback. Read the article published in MetalForming Magazine.

Understanding the Advantages of New Modular Technology: Maximizing ROI and Minimizing Risk

Proven off-the-shelf modular mold components and complete component systems meet today’s demanding drive for a lean manufacturing approach. Modular often means smaller, better, and more cost effective. KOR-LOK can reduce the mold volume by 75%. Read the article featured in Moldmaking Technology. View the reprint of the entire article by viewing the following link:

PFA, Inc. Purchases California-Based American Aerostar

PFA, Inc. (www.pfa-inc.com) purchased American Aerostar (www.astar.com) in 2005 and continues to manufacture all QMC product lines, including Hydra-Jaws™ QMC systems, Hydra-Latch™ Quick Knockout (KO) Systems and the entire line of Quick Die Change products, including Hollow Cylinder Clamps (NC-205, NC-205L, NC-200, NC-200L, NC-201, NC-201L), Ledge “Rocker” Clamps (RC-425, RC-425L, RC-428, RC-428L, RC-126, RC-126L, RC-661, […]

Quick Math for Cylinder Calculations

Simple cylinder calculations provide good first look comparisons for proper sizing when moldmakers are considering the most suitable side-action option early in the mold design. Read the article published on MoldMaking Technology’s website.

Mold Side-Actions: How, Why and When They Work

Understanding the effects of injection on the core, slide and associated components is critical to selecting the best side-action methods for a given application. The first article will discuss the basic physics underlying all side-actions as well as the fundamentals of side-action performance. The second article will discuss emerging modular technologies which provide alternatives to […]

PFA Products Store