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Process Efficiency Cleansing in the Mold and Tool Market

| Editor: Nicole Kareta

Any company that uses molds and tools in its production process needs cleaning services, that is to say, companies that produce parts made with molds. This applies not only to the plastics and rubber industries, but also to metal casting.

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Any company that uses molds and tools in its production process needs cleaning services.
Any company that uses molds and tools in its production process needs cleaning services.
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There are technical and financial advantages of ultrasonic cleaning for the maintenance of tooling and molds:

  • non-abrasive technology
  • improved cleaning quality
  • increased shelf-life for your molds and tooling
  • less time spent on maintenance
  • partial dismantling of molds
  • masked time working
  • lower running costs

Who are the Professionals who Use this Type of Service?

The cleaning process can be described by using the analogy of a cake tin. After having baked a cake, the cake tin need to be cleaned. No matter what type of cake is make. This procedure can be transferred to the manufacturing industry. For example, Fisa offers solutions for foundries, injection molding, rubber industry and core boxes. These are sectors where sustainable molds are used. These are not molds that are discarded after use, but are reused for each production series. Two types of customers can be distinguished: End-users, who clean the molds after use and mold manufacturers who have to clean these new tools after having made them. Any company using molds and tools is a potential customer.

How Many Tools are there to Clean?

If a company has only one mold to clean per month, a cleaning installation is difficult to make profitable. For customers with very few tools, it’s not the cost of the investment, but the length, and especially the cleaning results that count. For example, cleaning a mold can occupy three people for three to four days. With the use of machines, the same thing is done in one hour. So of course, a cleaning installation represents a big financial investment, but it can save a contractor time, and enable him to restart production after one or two hours. As a result, cost-effectiveness can be calculated in different ways. Cost-effectiveness is better when there are many tools to clean every day, or when the tools are very delicate (filigrees). There are very simple tools, such as those for making a bucket for example: easy to clean by hand. But there are also very small and detailed parts, such as gear wheels for example. Cleaning them by hand is extremely complicated.

Customer Needs in the Current Market

Opting for a 'cheap' machine can be a dangerous decision. Let's take the example of a customer in the toy industry. On his different production lines he uses tools that cost millions of euros. If he buys a cheap cleaning system and it destroys his tools, the resulting damage will cost him several hundred thousand euros. Companies therefore want a partner who can offer them a reliable process and a complete solution. Fisa not only supplies cleaning tanks, but also rinsing tanks. In the installations of the company the parts can also be immediately dried with hot air or dewatering or undergo a form of passivation to protect them from corrosion.

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