New Mold Cooling Innovations from Progressive Components

Progressive Components, Wauconda, Illinois, providers of standard and proprietary mold components, mold monitoring devices and software, and more, has added new items to provide designers with more options to route cooling lines within their tools.

Progressive’s addition of O-rings provides mold designers with an industry-standard that includes the machine groove detail. With this standardization, the subsequent replacement during mold maintenance is easy to locate and purchase by mold maintenance managers. O-rings are available for both face sealing and core sealing applications and are offered in two material options: Buna-N for temperatures up to 225°F and Viton® for temperatures up to 400°F. Sizes range from .566 OD to 4.872 OD, with cross-sections of 1/16th, 3/32nd and 1/8th.

Sebastian Jurczak, project engineer at Progressive, stated that different shops have different practices for designing the groove detail for O-rings within their molds. Now, by providing CAD geometry in seven formats, a standard is established. Also, with O-rings now carried by a mold component supplier and listed in the bill of materials, molders need not search industrial suppliers for replacements downstream.

New diverting rods and plugs route water flow within cooling circuits. While the mold is on the bench, plugs can be assembled along the locating rod, enabling positive installation and easy removal. The rod is designed to stay in the center of the cooling channel, allowing maximum heat transfer within the line.

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