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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 […]

Forces and Calculations are Key to Sizing Core Pull Hydraulic Cylinders

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.

How to Use Hydraulic Locking Cylinders to Improve Plastic Injection-Molded Part Profitability

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.

Enhance Injection Mold Profitability with a Hydraulic Locking Cylinder

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 […]

Estrategia para Cambio-Rápido-del-Troquel-Aseguramiento de Calidad con un Experto

“Hacer transiciones rápidas y eficientes desde el troquelado de la última parte de un lote hasta la aprobación de la primera parte del siguiente lote continúa adquiriendo un creciente nivel de importancia, ya que los productores se esfuerzan por exprimir cada gota de productividad de sus equipos.” Aquí, Klimowicz comparte sus perspectivas sobre las estrategias […]

Cómo implementar el cambio rápido de troquel: 8 pasos sencillos para aumentar la productividad y los beneficios de estampado

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 […]

En la búsqueda de la ventana de procesamiento infinito

Al igual que con el par de torsión (precarga), la precarga del cilindro de extracción con cilindros de precarga y bloqueo KOR-LOK puede producir un movimiento cero del núcleo durante la inyección y ayudar a los moldeadores a lograr una ventana de procesamiento infinita. Lea el artículo publicado en el sitio web de MoldMaking Technology.

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

El estudio de caso de Star Die Moulding analiza los beneficios de las acciones laterales modulares: los cilindros de tracción central con bloqueo hidráulico de PFA como sistema modular de acción lateral. Lea el artículo en el sitio web de Mold Making Technology.

Trío de nuevas prensas obtiene mejoras SMED

Las mordazas hidráulicas y los levantadores de matrices instalados en tres nuevas prensas mecánicas aumentan el tiempo de actividad de la prensa en casi una hora por turno por prensado, lo que da como resultado un reembolso de 18 meses. Lea el artículo publicado en MetalForming Magazine.

Comprender las ventajas de la nueva tecnología modular: maximizar el retorno de la inversión y minimizar el riesgo

Los componentes de moldes modulares comprobados y los sistemas de componentes completos satisfacen el exigente impulso de hoy en día para un enfoque de fabricación ajustada. Modular a menudo significa más pequeño, mejor y más rentable. KOR-LOK puede reducir el volumen del molde en un 75%. Lea el artículo presentado en Moldmaking Technology Vea la […]

PFA, Inc. adquiere Aerostar estadounidense con base en California

PFA, Inc. (www.pfa-inc.com) compró American Aerostar (www.astar.com) en 2005 y continúa fabricando todas las líneas de productos QMC, incluidos los sistemas Hydra-Jaws ™ QMC, Hydra-Latch ™ Quick Knockout (KO) ) Sistemas y toda la línea de productos Quick Die Change, incluidas abrazaderas de cilindro hueco (NC-205, NC-205L, NC-200, NC-200L, NC-201, NC-201L), abrazaderas “Rocker” de repisa […]

Matemáticas rápidas para cálculos de cilindros

Cálculos de cilindros simples proporcionan buenas comparaciones de primer aspecto para el tamaño adecuado cuando los fabricantes de moldes están considerando la opción de acción lateral más adecuada al principio del diseño del molde. Lea el artículo publicado en el sitio web de MoldMaking Technology.

Acciones secundarias del molde: cómo, por qué y cuándo funcionan

Comprender los efectos de la inyección en el núcleo, la diapositiva y los componentes asociados es fundamental para seleccionar los mejores métodos de acción lateral para una aplicación determinada. El primer artículo discutirá la física básica que subyace a todas las acciones secundarias, así como los fundamentos del rendimiento de acción lateral. El segundo artículo […]