Geodetic Systems Announces Expansion of Distribution Partnership in France

Geodetic Systems Inc. (GSI), a leading U.S. provider of portable 3D coordinate measurement systems, has announced it will expand its distribution partnership with ESIC-SN of France. ESIC-SN, which specializes in the field of 3D measurement by optical techniques, will provide full market support for GSI in France and Belgium. ESIC-SN works primarily with clients in the power generation field, aeronautics and space, and the automotive industry.

Geodetic Systems is renowned as a solution provider in the field of industrial photogrammetry and 3D digital imaging—the only company based in the Americas that offers this technology for industrial measurement. With the launch of its all-new INCA3 digital photogrammetric camera (photo) this year, now the company’s flagship product, GSI has been focused on building product awareness for V-STARS family of 3D coordinate measurement systems, which is aimed at users involved in inspection applications in industries such as aerospace, nuclear power, automotive and shipbuilding. GSI is also planning for international growth, especially in the European marketplace.

In announcing the expansion of GSI’s partnership with ESIC-SN, Geodetic Systems president John D. Brown said, “ESIC-SN is the ideal V-STARS reseller with their emphasis on quality customer support, and in-depth industry knowledge. Metrologists and engineers in the French and Belgium marketplace benefit greatly from their expertise in the field of industrial photogrammetry.”

ESIC-SN is a well-established firm providing the full spectrum of sales, engineering services, technical support, installation and training to meet the needs of their user base. ESIC-SN will also focus their efforts on proactively marketing and expanding the V-STARS product line into new accounts, and upgrade accounts to the high-precision INCA3 camera.

Geodetic Systems Inc. (GSI) is an international supplier of industrial photogrammetry solutions for the industrial measurement/metrology marketplace. GSI develops and markets the V-STARS. GSI distributes its products via a worldwide network of industry partners. Founded in 1977, the privately-held company is located in Melbourne, Florida.

AMBA Schedules Its Annual Convention for 2005 in Florida

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) has scheduled its 2005 annual convention for March 2–6 at the Key West Hilton Resort and Marina in Key West, Florida. Under the theme “The Keys to Your Success,” the convention will feature programs focusing on issues for running a successful mold manufacturing operation.

Jack Faris, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, will report on the state of manufacturing and small business competitiveness. Faris is recognized as a leading spokesperson for small business in America. “If you run a business,” he says, “you’d better get involved in politics, or politics will run your business.”

Hoop Roche, chairman and chief marketing officer of Erie Plastics in Corry, Pennsylvania, will discuss globalization from his perspective and what U.S. molders and mold makers can do to maintain competitiveness, strengthen the industry and meet customers’ requirements.

Brett Kingstone, founder and CEO of Super Vision International, won $41 million in damages from a Chinese manufacturer who stole Super Vision’s intellectual property after Kingstone awarded the work to this offshore company. Kingstone will show photos of the Chinese factory and discuss the dangers of offshoring a new product, how the manufacturer stole his product, and he won the long fight for the damage award.

In “Business Transition Planning from Start to Finish,” Richard Tanner, president of Ownership Advisors Inc., will provide advice to mold company owners regarding succession planning. As a professional succession planner, Tanner knows the critical nature of succession planning to ensure the survival of both the business and family. He will also conduct a breakout session for those wishing to sit down and get more detailed information.

“What the (bleep) Do We Know about Beryllium Copper?” will be conducted by Cliff Moberg, president of Performance Alloys & Services, a maker of beryllium-free copper alloys, and Nate Gildersleve, director of technology at NGK Metals Corp., a producer of beryllium copper. This session will sort fact from fiction and hype from reality.

Other highlights of the convention:

  • Karla Dobbeck of Human Resource Techniques will discuss human resource issues, including performance reviews.
  • In “Are You at Risk for Liability Issues?”, Dean Mandis of the Gibson Insurance Group will discuss the liability that private business owners face not covered by their general policies.
  • In “How Do You Compare to Other Mold Shops?”, Mike Balsan of Gibson Insurance Group will present the results of the AMBA’s Winter 2004 benefits survey.
  • “H/R Open Forum” will feature Karla Dobbeck, Mike Balsan, and a panel of mold company executives for a Q&A; session on “Best Practices for Human Resource Issues for Mold Shops.”

Objet Geometries Chooses ACMA as Sales Partner in Scandinavia

A partnership agreement has been announced by Objet Geometries, developer of inkjet-based, three-dimensional rapid prototyping systems and materials, for ACMA AB to sell its products in Scandinavia. Objet views Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland as an excellent market for its RP systems since there are many medium-to-small factories and manufacturers there, as well as large corporations who need to have a quality inkjet technology to produce accurate models quickly and reliably.

ACMA president and owner Ragnar Hasliger says he decided to work with Objet because of its extensive experience in inkjet technologies, and because of the appeal of its PolyJet™-based technology.

One recent Objet customer is Norway-based Vinn Design AS (formerly FEM Design AS), which develops and designs products for the electronics, satellite communications, medical and engineering industries. Vinn Design’s director of marketing, Rolf-Atle Tomassen, says the company invested in Object technology because of its ability to produce prototypes in every stage of product development quickly and accurately.

Nordic Light AB, which designs and manufactures high-performance energy-efficient display lighting fixtures, has also purchased an Objet system because it will speed product development and shorten its time to market.

New Business Development Manager at Sandvik for US Auto Industry

Sandvik Coromant has a new business development manager, Ignacio Telleria, for its customers in the US automotive industry. Telleria will be responsible for the development of working relationships with US automotive companies, in addition to developing and supporting plans to make Sandvik Coromant the key supplier of high-tech cutting tools to the automotive industry.

Telleria began his career in cutting tools and the automotive industry in Mexico over 20 years ago and has accumulated a wide range of experience.

“Ignacio brings a wealth of automotive knowledge and experience to this position,” says Mike Abberley, president of Sandvik Coromant US. “Together with his 15-year commitment to Coromant, this makes him the obvious choice to lead this important effort for our company.”

Telleria now lives in Michigan, and will be based out of Sandvik Coromant’s offices in Pontiac.

University in U.S. Signs License To Use Trexel Process Technology

The University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW-Madison) has signed a license with Trexel Inc. for the use of MuCell® microcellular process technology at its Polymer Engineering Center. The university has also purchased MuCell processing equipment.

UW-Madison offers instruction and research in polymer engineering and science. It is said to be the first American university to incorporate microcellular injection molding into a teaching curriculum and research program. Trexel is the exclusive worldwide developer and licenser of MuCell.

Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, associate director of the Polymer Engineering Center, says: “A recent survey of members of the PEC industrial consortium determined that learning about microcellular molding was of paramount importance to them. We see this as indicative of MuCell’s emergence as a mainstream processing technology.”

He went on to say: “This acquisition will enable us to further understand the physics of the process and will allow us to work with industrial consortium members to implement the technology in specific industrial applications within such areas as the automotive, consumer electronics, and medical sectors.”

Study Shows Strong Growth in Italian Injection Molding Industry

According to a new report from the Applied Market Information Group, a leading global market research consultancy, the Italian injection molding industry is now second only to that of Germany in terms of polymer consumption, and has the highest number of injection molding sites in Europe, with up to 5,000 businesses. The AMI report identifies more than 1,500 of these companies with detailed information on their activities.

The study shows an industry that has been innovative in the areas of design and engineering, with a strong position in the automotive, electrical, and domestic appliance industries. However, it is the packaging industry that is the major consumer of resins, accounting for nearly 27% of the 1.4 million metric tons consumed by Italian injection molders in 2001.

The packaging sector also has some of the largest molding groups such as PET preform manufacturer Alpla-Werke (owner of Tetra Pak), Schmalbach-Lubeca, Inca International and Cobarr, as well as closures manufacturers Crown Cork and Seal, Guala, and Bormioli Rocco & Figlio S.p.A. Furniture and household markets are also significant within the Italian industry.

AMI’s analysis shows that the consumption of thermoplastics within the injection molding industry grew by an average of 5.3% per year throughout the 1990s. During the 2000-2005 period, demand for injection molding in Italy is expected to grow above the average for thermoplastics overall, at about 4% per year

Revamped, Streamlined Website on Surface Preparation Is Easier to Use

Visit the website of USF Surface Preparation Group and you’ll find a cleaner, more attractive appearance with revisions based on input by customers, employees and vendors. The site, at, is designed to communicate the group’s total solution for surface preparation throughout the world. It identifies products marketed and sold in the United States and Europe.

In a few months, the site will be translated into German and French, and a version specifically designed for the United Kingdom.

In an effort to streamline the site, its designers have grouped major product categories together on the home page. Choosing any of the product categories allows you to see the product subcategories and products that relate to each of the major headings. The result is a site that is more logical and user-friendly.

Injection Molding

Do you know the name of the process by which most plastic solid materials are produced? It is called Injection molding. It is a simple process. However, the process may require practice for efficiency.

What is the process of Injection molding

During the process of plastic injection molding, the plastic is heated till it melts and is introduced, under pressure (injected), into a mold. The mold may be made up of any metal such as steel or aluminum. The molten form is then allowed to cool down and set into a solid form. The plastic material thus formed is then retrieved out of the mold.

The actual process of plastic molding is just an expansion of this basic mechanism. The plastic is let into a barrel or chamber under gravity or force-fed. As it moves down, the increasing temperature melts the plastic. Then, the molten plastic is forcibly injected into the mold under the barrel with an appropriate shape. As it cools, it solidifies. The plastic molded like this has a reverse shape than that of the mold. A variety of shapes both 2D and 3D, can be produced by the process. The process of plastic molding is cheap due to the simplicity involved and the quality of the plastic material is modifiable by changing the factors involved in the custom injection molding process:

– The pressure of injection can be changed to change the hardness of the final product.

– The thickness of the mold also governs the quality of the article produced.

– The temperature for melting and cooling determine the quality of the plastic formed.


The major advantage of injection molding is that it is very cost effective and fast. Apart from this, unlike the cutting processes, this process rules out any undesired sharp edges. Also, this process produces smooth and finished products that require no further finishing.

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Injection Mold Design

Guidelines in Choosing an Injection Mold Design

The importance of processing or creating plastic is not only based on the machine. Although it is where the process starts, the molding part is as important as the melting of the plastic. When the plastic has already been melted and it is transferred into the molding part where the plastic is being cool and hardened, the finished product is soon developed. However, the hard part in the molding process is choosing the right design that you must use.

When choosing your injection mold design there are some important factors that you need to consider. The first factor on the list is the thickness of the mold design. It is important that the thickness of the mold must be uniform to avoid the product from sinking, residual stress, and warping. The wall of the injection mold design must be thick enough in order for the product to have a good exterior design, which means not very thick or very thin. It must also have enough radius on its corner, which should be at least ¼ wall thickness or higher. However, it is still important that your injection mold design must be according to the size of the product that you’ll be processing. An appropriate thickness on the design will also determine the products cooling cycle. You must know the right time when the product is ready to be taken out of the injection mold design. It is also advisable to use a draft with its measurements to make the process much easier. You can also use a gusset or ribs to reduce the product’s thickness especially if it is not uniform.

Injection mold design will still vary on the product that you’ll be producing. Make a draft and calculate well the measurement so that your finish product will have a good quality.

injection molding Machine

injection molding Machine

The first electric tiebarless machine for the injection molding industry has been developed by Engel. The machine was introduced to the plastics industry this summer.

The new Engel e-motion integrates existing tiebarless technology — the capacity to use larger molds in a smaller machine combined with quicker mold changes — with the benefits of an all-electric drive injection molding machine.

According to Kurt Fenske, vice president of sales and marketing for Engel North America, the company has been involved in tiebarless technology for more than 12 years. “Until now, however, the market has forced molders to choose between the advantages of tiebarless and electric. Moving into the electric machine market with our tiebarless offering (was) the next logical step.”

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injection molding machinery

Features of the new e-motion injection molder include:

Tiebarless frame. The frame design is based on the robust, time-tested C-frame of the Engel hydraulic tiebarless, with the following difference: the patented Flexlink mechanical compensation linkage is mounted behind the stationary platen instead of behind the moving platen. This combination of the frame and compensation linkage offers platen parallelism and centricity.
Five-point toggle. The clamp unit includes a high-speed, five-point toggle powered by a servo motor and planetary gearbox which offers longer life and less maintenance compared to a ball screw, Engel says.

Independent drives. Independent, fast-acting servo drives provide simultaneous operation of all machine functions, delivering reportedly faster cycle times and higher molding productivity, the company claims.

CC100 controller. The e-motion uses the same basic CC100 controller as the rest of Engel’s machine line, plus Micrographplus, PD Graphics & Reports and Autoprotect software.