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Future-Proofing Manufacturing With Advanced Sensor Connectivity Solutions

Manufacturers today face a big challenge: staying ahead in a fast-moving world. One key fact stands out – the IIoT boosts productivity and gives better insights with AI, making factories smarter. This article shows how advanced sensor connectivity solutions are changing the game by providing real-time data for better decisions. Read on to learn how […]

Bridging The Gap Between Human And Machine Collaboration

Working together with robots and smart programs helps us do our jobs better. Generative AI is changing how we work, making teamwork between people and technologies more common. This article shows you how PFA Inc. uses advanced automation, like cobots and AI, to improve this partnership in manufacturing. Keep reading to learn how it’s done! […]

Cost-Benefit Analysis Of Investing In High-Quality QDC Systems

Switching dies in your manufacturing process can be slow and costly. A Quick Die Change (QDC) system makes it faster. This article will show how investing in a high-quality QDC system saves money and boosts workflow. Keep reading to learn more. Understanding Quick Die Change (QDC) Systems Quick Die Change (QDC) Systems streamline the process […]

Revolutionizing Automation: The Future of Robotics with Modular End-of-Arm Technology

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, adapting to change is vital. Modular end-of-arm automation revolutionizes how we think about robotics in production. This article will explore how it increases efficiency, saves costs, and allows for unprecedented flexibility in industrial applications. Dive in to future-proof your business! Benefits of Modular End-of-Arm Automation Modular End-of-Arm Automation offers […]

Discover How Cobots and AI are Enhancing Workplace Safety

In the busy world of manufacturing, keeping workers safe is a top priority. Did you know cobots and AI are changing the game in workplace safety? Our article dives into how these smart technologies can safeguard your team from harm. Keep reading to discover innovative solutions for a safer tomorrow. How Cobots and AI Improve […]

A Guide: Quick Die Change Systems for Efficient Manufacturing

One of the biggest challenges that most manufacturers face is changing or swapping out one set of tools or dies in industrial press machines for another, which leads to significant production delays, increased labor costs, and a high percentage of errors. This is where Quick Die Change (QDC) Systems come to light – a process […]

A Brief Guide to the Components of Injection Molding Machines

Injection molding machines are at the heart of the manufacturing world, creating countless products that we use daily. From the plastic casing on your smartphone to the dashboard in your car, injection molding is a cornerstone of modern production. Understanding the components of these machines is essential for anyone involved in manufacturing or design or […]

What Is Quick Mold Change?: An In-Depth Look

In the fast-paced world of modern manufacturing, time is more than just a ticking clock. It’s the backbone of productivity and success across all industry levels. Every second counts and every second saved has a tangible impact on output and efficiency. In this industry, Quick mold change (QMC) is an emerging solution — transforming manufacturing […]

Simplify Injection Mold Sensor Monitoring with SWITCHMAX

Injection molding is a complex process that requires precise monitoring of various parameters to ensure optimal performance and product quality. One crucial aspect is sensor monitoring, which enables the detection of specific equipment positions, ensuring the proper functioning of the injection molding machine. PFA, Inc. has developed an innovative solution called SWITCHMAX® – a plug-and-play […]

How Can SWITCHMAX® Improve Injection Molding?

Injection molding is a widely used manufacturing process in which molten material is injected into a mold cavity, cooled, and then solidified to produce a finished product. Manufacturers need to optimize the efficiency and productivity of their injection molding operations to stay competitive in the market. PFA, Inc., a leading manufacturer of locking cylinders, core […]

Managing Multiple Sensor Signals During Injection Molding

Injection molding is a highly complex process that requires precise control of multiple variables. To ensure a successful outcome, monitoring and managing multiple sensor signals during the process is vital. This article will discuss effectively managing multiple sensor signals during injection molding. What are Sensor Signals? Sensor signals are measurements of physical parameters such as […]

What Should You Know About End-of-Arm Tooling?

End-of-arm tooling, also known as EOAT, is a specialized tool used in robotic systems to aid in the manipulation of materials and objects. This type of tooling can be used for a variety of applications, including pick and place, assembly, testing, and material handling. When selecting an end-of-arm tool, it is important to consider the […]

What are the Benefits of the DIE-LOK Multi-Slide System?

DIE-LOK Multi Slide Systems is a revolutionary new die-casting system that revolutionizes how die-casting is done. The system is designed to reduce labor costs, cut down on waste, and increase production efficiency. It is an ideal solution for die-casting applications that require quick cycle times, intricate internal features, and complex external features. What is the […]

Exploring Injection Molding Machine Components

Injection molding is quickly taking over the world! Ok, maybe not the world, but its relevance is increasing daily. As regular citizens of society and users of molded goods, we know we love the products created, but that is about it. This article will help you explore the different components involved in the injection molding […]

Increasing Speed and Efficiency with Hydraulic Locking Core Pull Cylinders

Technology is constantly evolving. From the phone in your pocket to the razer you shave with, things are just getting more and more advanced by the second. In the realm of cell phones, manufacturers are in a new age “space race” to see who can get the most cameras on the back of their phones. […]

How Can You Improve Mold Manufacturing Efficiency?

Efficiency is a word that is often used in all aspects of business. “Increase efficiency” or “Strive to become more efficient” are goals many companies share, including those in the mold manufacturing profession. Many think of efficiency as lowering the cost of operations and increasing profitability. While it is true that higher profit makes for […]

Importance of Plastic Traceability for Injection Molding

Imagine a client placing an order for important pieces to their daily operations and never receiving the products. The result of this would mean downtime and loss of profit. Imagine noticing a defect in your products, but only with a certain batch. You would want to notify your clients immediately of the defect and replace […]

The Key to an Effective Mold Cooling System

Processes and operations in the technological world are evolving more and more every day. New technologies are being discovered while trying to improve old technologies. These new technologies lead to improved performance and efficiency among the older ones. The injection mold industry has been a victim of the rise in technological advances, and no one […]

Is Platic Traceability Important for Injection Molding?

Imagine a client placing an order for important pieces to their daily operations and never receiving the products. The result of this would mean downtime and loss of profit. Imagine noticing a defect in your products, but only with a certain batch. You would want to notify your clients immediately of the defect and replace […]

Hydra-Jaws QMC System: The Best Quick Mold Change for Aluminum?

For the injection molding industry, high production output and low machine downtime is the key to success. Having reliable systems installed into your machines and using cost-efficient materials for your molds will help you accomplish this goal. PFA Inc. has revolutionized the clamping system in injection molding machines (IMM) to work seamlessly with aluminum molds. […]

Cylinders 101: How to Choose the Right Molding Cylinder

The injection molding process dates back to 1872, when the Hyatt brothers, who invented the first machine, patented their idea. And it has not rested since then. But as time moves on, more and more complex molds are needed. These complex molds come with complex geometries and undercuts. You must know how to choose the […]

Improve Mold Performance with the KOR-LOK Side-Action System

With performance enhancements beyond standard hydraulic and locking systems, the PFA KOR-LOK side-action system is ideal for movable cores and core pulls on injection molds, improving mold performance with off-the-shelf solutions. It is a high-quality part production in a smaller mold footprint. Unlike many traditional spring-locking, hydraulic–activated solutions that often do not lock, preload, or […]

Injection Mold Setup Checklist for Improved Production

Many of the things you use day-to-day are created in an injection molding process. From your phone case to your toothbrush and everything in between, injection molding gives structure to the world around us. However, before this revolutionary injection molding process can be used, workers in this industry will undoubtedly be confronted by a crucial, […]

Robotic Material Handlers: How Important is Grip?

Because material handling operations typically require small parts to be picked and positioned with precision, robotic grippers are ideal for this task. However, it is vital to select the right gripper. To do so, consider criteria such as how often the gripping movement will be repeated, the type of stroke needed, and the shape, size, […]

What are the Differences Between Robotics and Automation?

When it comes to technology advancements, Robotics and Automation come to the forefront of our minds. We have all seen many references in pop culture to both; however, only one can start a Robo revolution while the other will be stuck in a never-ending cycle of monotonous tasks. This article should help you understand the […]

How to Properly Setup an Injection Molding Machine

Any time a new injection mold is completed and ready for use, it is vital to ensure that the mold maker sets up in the injection molding machine to perform a test run. The process of setting up an injection molding machine is often much more than just loading and fixing the mold and pressing […]

Smarter Robots & Mass Customization in Manufacturing

While many people prefer customized products to those mass-produced, they also want them quickly. This need for speed has led to the use of robots in manufacturing, achieving the consistent pace necessary to fulfill orders efficiently. Robots are used in many ways to support the mass customization of products. Customization Without the Expertise Extensive knowledge […]

Easy sensor connections for Molds

Modular sensor cables and LED light box makes integration of sensor signals from multiple cores to single press inputs simple and easy.

What Is the Difference Between Pneumatic and Hydraulic Grippers?

Industrial grippers are devices that allow robots to pick up, hold, and place objects. Grippers let manufacturers automate key processes, such as assembly lines and conveyor systems. If you compare grippers to human parts, the gripper would be the arm that gives a hand the ability and strength to grab and move things. In the […]

NEW Small Core Pull Cylinder “Mini Locking Cylinder” with Very Large Force to Size Ratio

PFA Inc.’s mini hydraulic locking cylinder delivers 8,000 pounds of preload force in a new narrow format, enabling multiple small cores to nest together and time independently.

Hydraulic Core Pull Cylinder with Large Force and Small Size

PFA’s new 70 series “mini” hydraulic locking cylinder features tremendous preloading capacity in a small cylinder footprint.

Hydraulic Cylinder CAD Models in Native Formats

PFA provides enhanced an enhanced mold designer, mold builder, and molder user experience with great support around the KOR-LOK Side Action system for high preload core pull cylinder operations.

Modular Cables with LEDs for Merging Core Pull Signals to Press

With PFA’s SWITCHMAX® mold wiring solution, it is possible to connect all core position sensors into single press inputs for set and pull, and provide operator side LED light indications for core positions. Secondarily designed for blocking unwanted signals, the system includes cross-connected sensor verification for mechanical switches, 3-wire PNP integration, and relay sensor adapters […]

PFA Maintains Fast Deliveries

Responds to industry chatter about long deliveries for Hydraulic Locking Cylinders. While supply chain impacts from Covid-19 have plagued many manufacturers, the roller coaster ride has seen some bright spots in service and delivery. PFA Inc., supplier of KOR-LOK Side Action Systems – a specialty type of Preloading Hydraulic Locking Cylinder, for example. During the […]

What is Industrial Automation?

Industrial automation refers to robot machinery that are hardware and software tools associated with control systems.

What is an End Effector (EOAT)?

End effector, or End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT), describes any device attached to the end of a robotic arm and robots are practically useless without them.

What is an Electric Gripper?

Electric grippers execute highly accurate gripping force, position, and speed control that are difficult for conventional air units to carry out.

What is an Air Gripper?

The purpose of air grippers is to grasp or enclose parts for transfer, insertion, or assembly in automated manufacturing systems.

What is a Vacuum Gripper?

Vacuum grippers, also known as suction cup grippers, can be a simple yet highly effective gripping solution for a wide range of applications.

What is a Gripper?

A gripper is a device that allows a robot to pick up and even hold objects with the strength of an arm and the dexterity of a hand.

What are Cobots?

Industrial cobots are designed to collaborate with humans in an intelligent, safe manner, as an integrated part of human labor.

Types of Metal Stamping Operations

Types of Metal Stamping

Types of Grippers Used in Manufacturing

Various types of grippers combine both the dexterity of a normal hand with the gripping strength of a robot in the manufacturing process.

Tips to Stay Safe When Operating a Hydraulic Press

Hydraulic press machines should be fitted with failsafe locking systems and operators kept informed and engaged with the safety processes.

Know Your Operating Environment

Choosing the best gripper for your environment can be the difference between operational success and failure.

What Is an Injection Mold Slide?

Since many injection molded products have special requirements, a mold side-action or slide is often used to form complex geometries and release the finished product upon mold opening.  To achieve this, a “slide” or “slider” is often used as a core-pulling mechanism.  At its most basic level, the slider is used to turn the vertical […]

How Does a Hydraulic Actuator Work?

The KOR-LOK® Side Action System sets itself apart from other Hydraulic Core Pull and Locking cylinders by preloading cores to high forces.

How to Choose the Right Robotic Gripper

Technical factors must be considered when choosing the right robotic gripper for your application, the most common End of Arm Tooling.

How Does a Mechanical Claw Work?

Robot claw grabbers consist of two claws that grasp an object by coming together from opposite sides, used in a variety of industries.

How Do You Choose the Best Robotic Grippers?

Robot gripper technology not only empowers robot arms but also provides precision handling of complex or fragile objects.

What Are End of Arm Tooling Gripper Pads?

End of Arm Tooling gripper pads are used to grasp objects and can be found on assembly or pick-and-place applications.

COBOTS for Injection Molding

Injection molding machines can now be tended around the clock with COBOTS, a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution.

Aluminum or Steel — Which Gripper Backplate Do I Need?

Because the sheet metal you select directly impacts quality and price, it is imperative to do some metal comparison before making a decision for your durable gripper backplates.

Troubleshooting Tips to Improve Plastic Injection Molding

Anyone who has worked with plastic injection molding machinery, likely knows that issues can happen. Unfortunately, when they do, they often result in wasted materials and directly impact the speed and quality of the finished parts that are created. Not all troubleshooting steps are going to work for each application, but knowing what tips are […]

How Can You Prevent Injection Mold Flash?

As a common defect in injection molding, flash can have a significant impact on the level of scrap you are producing or cost of secondary processes as a manufacturer. While Automotive and Medical suppliers typically reduce scrap to near zero as part of the controlled process monitoring, many other components do not operate with as […]

5 Ways to Save Money and LEAN into your Next Molding Project

No matter what upcoming projects you may have as an injection mold builder or injection molder, there is a good chance that you are looking for ways to save money – improving your injection molds or molding process. While the steps required to complete a project may be diverse and specific demands targeted to unique […]

Can Plastic Injection Molding Improve the Medical Industry?

While there is no denying that plastic injection molding has positively impacted a variety of different industries, the recent coronavirus pandemic has led many manufacturers to determine how their services may impact the medical industry or other associated industries in times of need. Modern medical-grade plastic injection molding can be used to create medical devices, […]

5 Injection Molding Defects and How to Improve Them

Injection molding defects are often inevitable, and depending on the type of mold, various things could affect part quality. Typically, challenges are factors like material differences, ambient environmental impacts, machine changes, margins of error, and much more. Simply put, a variety of different things can cause injection molding defects; however, there are also small changes […]

When are Plastic Parts Better than Metal?

For many manufacturers, there is often a deeply rooted misconception in their customers that metal is always better than plastic when creating parts. Depending on the part being created, however, this approach could be causing unnecessary costs for a product that may be just as strong if cast in plastic instead. But when are plastic […]

What Plastic Materials Are Best for Injection Molding?

Choosing the right material is critical for nearly every step of the injection molding process. For this reason, it is often one of the most vital steps that a manufacturer and their client will have to make throughout the entirety of the production run. Although there is sometimes secrecy about why specific plastic material types […]

5 Injection Molding Defects and How to Prevent Them

Anyone that says injection molding defects are a result of inattention or inexperience typically are not taking into factors like material differences, ambient environmental facts, machine calibration changes, margins of error and much more.

Learn how PFA’s OPD provides 3 axes of robot crash protection

If you are currently using robotic systems in your manufacturing process, you likely already know how easy it makes the process. Not only can you make parts quicker, they often have the same accuracy with each element completed, as would otherwise be unavailable. However, one small deviation can lead to a crash and tool damage […]

How Has 3D Printing Affected the Injection Molding Industry?

While 3D printing has caused a splash in recent years, it is often not a stand-alone process and may only be a single step in the manufacturing process of a part. When paired with existing processes for mass fabrication, like injection molding, there are clear differences between the two processes and what can be achieved through them.

The Top 6 Industrial Applications for Injection Molding

For most industries, it only makes sense to find the lowest cost yet most durable materials to produce the products they need. As a versatile manufacturing technique, injection molding plays a crucial role in developing and creating many modern products, from consumer toys to airplane components. This article will look at the top 6 industrial […]

Why is Core Pull Preload Important for Injection Molds?

Although many plastic component designers may not think about it, core preload is an essential part of any successful injection molding project requiring precision and uniformity. As the creators of KOR-LOK® Side Action Systems, PFA has a unique understanding of preload and the critical importance of choosing a hydraulic locking cylinder (HLC) that will maintain proper preload […]

Injection Molding Components You Shouldn’t Be Without

As an important, yet sometimes overlooked, part of the injection mold design process, individual components can often be overlooked as primary systems take center stage. This is particularly a concern with some overseas suppliers that are looking to cut corners to increase profit margins. In this article, we will look at some important components that […]

The Basics of Plastic Injection Molding

While using molds to make solid objects has been a concept for thousands of years, plastic injection molding is a far more recent development. Through the injection molding process, a liquified plastic resin is injected into a mold where it will chemically cure or eventually cool into the shape that the mold provides. In this […]

Is Plastic Injection Molding the Right Fit for Military Use?

For military and tactical industries, finding the balance between both dependability and uniformity is essential. And, although you may not think it fits from an outside perspective, plastic injection molding is an ideal approach to creating tactical products and military-grade equipment quickly and affordably. In this article, we will explore some of the benefits of […]

Sizing Core Pull Hydraulics: Forces & Calculations

Hydraulic cylinders are commonly used on injection molds to actuate movable core. When considering  “How to Size” a hydraulic cylinder for moving the core or preloading the core, PFA recommends to review three positions – initial breakaway, movement during stroke, and end position.  After determining the limiting condition, a proper size may be determined.  PFA’s […]

Why is Core Preload Important for Injection Molds?

Although most manufacturers do not think about it, core preload is an important part of any successful injection molding project that requires not only precision but uniformity. As the creator of KOR-LOK® Side Action Systems, PFA understands not only core forces under injection but also how preload is necessary to overcome those forces and the importance of choosing […]

The Benefits of a Quick Die Change System

At PFA, Inc., we believe that ensuring you have the equipment needed to safely and efficiently implement quick die changeovers is the easiest way to improve productivity and ensure your staff is safely meeting production improvement goals.

Improving Automation with End of Arm Tooling

As the leading manufacturer trusted by many of the leading manufacturers in the world, PFA, Inc. strives to provide the best products possible at the lowest price point on the market.

Troubleshooting Quick Die Change in Stamping Operations

Learn how to avoid getting blindsided by gap jumping, stripping force, cycle speed, and future-proofing in this new article published on Stamping Journal’s Website. Written by our own, Mark Scanlan, he’ll get you prepared when unexpected problems occur and unfamiliar details need attending.

Four Benefits of Plastic Injection Molding

As one of the most trusted processes for manufacturing complex products and components, injection molding can provide many benefits to businesses across multiple industries.

PFA, Inc. Provides Essential Products for Part Manufacturing

Enhanced performance ensures more consistent results, and it also provides bottom-line benefits. In this article, we will look at some of the essential products PFA, Inc. provides to bring your performance to the next level.

Why Should You Invest in Robotic Automation?

You are likely always looking for ways to make your business more profitable and crank out the parts that your customers are asking for as quickly as possible. Without robotic automation in place, there’s a good chance that you are not reaching your full potential capacity.

How Can KOR-LOK® Save Time and Money?

When you partner with PFA, Inc. for mold optimization, you can be sure that you are shrinking the Money-Time-Quality Triangle.

A Q&A with PFA from Metalforming Magazine: QDC as Soft Automation

The following is a question and answer editorial done in Metal Forming Magazine by Joe Jancsurak with PFA’s VP Mark Scanlan.  We’re excited to share this information with our readers.

Boost Plastic Mold Profit with Hydraulic Locking Cylinders

Improve complex injection-molded part quality and profitability by reducing mold base size and preloading slides from a solid structure to ensure placement.

Customized Solutions for Single Minute Exchange of Dies

PFA, Inc. products that can help you achieve faster die change rates while still maintaining accuracy.

Why Should You Choose PFA?

As the leader in the design and manufacturer of several industry-preferred products, PFA Inc. strives to not only provide innovative solutions to common problems but also exceed our customer’s expectations.

Enhance Your Mold Wiring System with SWITCHMAX™

Much more than just cabling, the PFA, Inc. SWITCHMAX™ is the ultimate connectivity solution for injection molds.

Set Your Manufacturing Pace with Lean Production Methods

PFA, Inc. is sure to have the QDC products needed to help you achieve the fastest manufacturing process possible.

Lock In Your Mold Performance with PFA, Inc.

PFA Inc. provides a complete cylinder pre-loading and locking system for die casters and injection molders.

KOR-LOK® Makes Lean Molding Possible

As one of the most recommended products for Injection Molding and Die Casting, the KOR-LOK® Side-Action System is the ultimate lean manufacturing solution.

Why Should You Use The Hydra-Jaws™ Quick Mold Change System?

PFA, Inc. has continued to provide the innovative solutions for mechanical clamping that manufacturers need to efficiently and affordably complete SMED in the injection molding industry.

Get a Grip with Modular End-of-Arm Automation

Finding the right robotic gripper for your unique needs is critical for success.

Enhance Your Quick Die Changes with Spring Loaded Lifters

For manufacturers that require quick die change (QDC) for multiple dies, having lifters in place to efficiently remove and replace the dies is critical.

The Benefits of Lock-On-Extend Cylinder Types

With our strong, compact design, you will often be able to achieve the results of a much larger cylinder at a fraction of the cost and do things you never thought possible with what looks like a standard two port cylinder

KOR-LOK®: More Than a Locking Cylinder

A new and improved take on the self-locking hydraulic cylinder PFA produces as the HYS product line, KOR-LOK® was designed specifically for molding and to be more than a locking cylinder.

Boosting Injection Mold Profit with Hydraulic Cylinders

For injection molders that are ready to improve their mold performance and make their parts as efficient as possible, the PFA KOR-LOK® is the obvious choice.

The Advantages of the KPS Braking Cylinder

For applications that require cylinders with a constant output force or constant air pressure, such that loss of pressure to the cylinder would cause the cylinder to move and potentially cause damage to machinery, it is important to have a product in place to maintain the cylinder position on loss of the air supply.

Hydraulic Locking Cylinders Simplify Multi-Slide Die Casting for Techmire Machines

If you are ready to improve your multi-slide die casting and make the most of your materials, here is how utilizing a unique hydraulic locking cylinder from PFA Inc. can help.

Protect Your Products with Rubber Gripper Pads

If you are looking for a durable and efficient means of protecting your parts or products in pick and place, industrial clamping, work holding, or other industrial applications, you likely have heard about the great benefits associated with utilizing non-slip rubber gripping pads.

Customized Solutions for Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

Being able to perform a quick die change consistently and routinely is essential for ensuring each product retains uniformity and quality while also remaining profitable, although the process can be incredibly complex. The experts at PFA Inc. have worked with countless die setters, manufacturing engineers, and production managers to create customized solutions for single minute […]

What Are Self-Locking and Braking Cylinders?

For employees that work with hydraulic and pneumatic systems, finding adequate locking and braking cylinders is a critical step for eliminating common barriers to securing loads. At PFA, we know that quick replacements should be an easy process whenever your customers need them. We achieve this by providing modular systems where possible, allowing for drop-in […]

Reduce Part Stress with the PFA Accommodator Remote Center Compliance Device

In the modern age, robot automation is much faster and provides more accurate results than manual labor. However, robots are often unable to account for common inaccuracies like incorrect specifications, part tolerance or feeding misalignment. To help compensate for some of these problems and provide a smooth experience to counteract difficult assembly problems, PFA Inc. […]

Simplify Your Quick Mold Changes with Hydra-Latch™

Quick mold change systems should not only enhance your production processes but should also allow for increased precision and speed. For small-batch manufacturers, being able to quickly and efficiently incorporate easy changeovers is critical for customer satisfaction and increasing production revenues. To help achieve the fastest quick mold changes possible, PFA Incorporated recommends the use […]

Protect Your Assembly System with Robotic Crash Protection

With the inclusion of modern robotic technologies, assembly systems have become incredibly complex. While this has provided the ability to increase production and manufacture intricate and uniform products, added technology comes with the risk of errors. PFA makes it easy to safeguard your tooling, robot and assembly systems with the installation of an Overload Protection […]

Quick Mold Change Systems Enhance Injection Molding

When working with injection molds, finding the most efficient production processes ensures you not only meet deadlines, but you also provide a consistent product at all times. To achieve this, many companies will invest in quick mold change systems that ensure rapid production while maintaining quality standards. PFA’s Quick Mold Change Systems can be used […]

Improving Die Casting with a Hydraulic Locking Cylinder

For complex applications that require injection molding and die casting, utilizing a reliable and well-constructed hydraulic locking cylinder or core pull is essential for success. Most importantly, you have to ensure that your pre-loading and locking functions can withstand a target rated load without encountering issues. If you are ready to improve your die casting […]

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. ( purchased American Aerostar ( 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 […]