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Glossary

What is a mould?
A mould is a hollowed out block or tool that can be used to produce a plastic product.

What is injection moulding?
Injection moulding is the technique that is used to inject hot plastic into a mould. The plastic cools down in the mould. Once the plastic has cooled down, the mould halves are separated and the product can be removed.

What is a hot runner system?
A hot runner system is a heated pipe system that ensures that plastic remains fluid and can therefore be injected into a mould through a number of gates.

What does CAD mean?
CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. The mould design is made with the aid of a CAD system.

What is CAM?
CAM stands for Computer Aided Manufacturing. CAM is the software used to create programs for the milling machines. The CAM program will be uploaded to the machines, initiating the milling machines to complete the entire program.

What is a CNC milling machine?
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. A CNC milling machine is a computer-controlled milling machine. When a product is placed on the milling machine, the machine will be able to complete the CAM program unmanned.

What is a robot cell?
A number of our milling machines is equipped with a robot cell. The particular robot automates the CNC milling machine. This automation makes it possible to change tools and products on the milling machine. As a result, it is possible to mill 24 hours a day and seven days a week unmanned.

What does shrinkage entail?
The plastic is injected into the mould at a high temperature. It then cools down in the mould. When something cools down, shrinkage occurs. This also applies for plastic. The extent of shrinkage will depend on a number of factors, including the type of plastic used. To ensure that the end product has the right dimensions, the shrinkage factor for the plastic being used must be taken into consideration.

What are ejectors?
Ejectors are (usually) steel pins that ensure that a product is pushed out of the mould once it has cooled down.