We’ve got another entry for you from our ongoing series with EG-GILERO experts. Today, we’re hearing from two men who are leading tremendous change within tooling and injection molding at EG-GILERO. Dave Crispino, VP of Engineering and Kurt Charland, Tool Design Manager. We’ll be hearing from them both about the changes they have implemented individually and together.
Dave Says: Very few tool builders go as in-depth as EG-GILERO does.
Most tool shops or builders have historically followed the “rule of thumb” approach to tool design and simply do what has worked best for them in the past. EG-GILERO is different in that we proactively seek out innovation when approaching tool design and builds.
An initiative Kurt and I have been implementing looks at both tooling and processing issues to try to achieve the fastest cycle time possible. We want to know what is physically the shortest amount of time you can mold a part based on the laws of physics, and then we want to quantify it, so we can design a tool that consistently meets these standards. Cycle time has a huge impact on our customers, and not many tool shops have delved into this area as much as we have.
Being able to offer the widest process window possible to mold a part is our goal. We adopt a “tool to the process” philosophy instead of adjusting the process to groom the tool, and we believe our customers appreciate the attention to detail we put into tooling, design and overall process.
Kurt Says: Having hands-on knowledge keeps EG-GILERO ahead of the pack.
Whether it’s the designers who are encouraged to learn from our in-house tool builders to build upon their design skills, or the tools we design and build for ourselves that allow us to practice and innovate without the concern of cost or deadlines, having the capabilities to tool in-house gives EG-GILERO a leg up on other companies. Having hands-on knowledge paired with process knowledge and the impact it has on designing a correctly running tool is what keeps the EG-GILERO team ahead of the pack.
Another collaboration we have been working on is with composite core, the marriage of a hardened tool steel with a high-performance alloy for thermal performance. We’re seeking to exploit the positive properties of each while removing the negative traits. We’ve put together a catalogue to help solve problems in existing tools and a “how to design” new tools with composite core in mind. In certain cases, we can compete toe-to-toe with conformal cooling. Working alongside Dave has taught me how important that first approach of process is to design a tool that runs correctly. Our designers need to not only understand all angles of design, but also the process, and running a tool versus just building a tool (not engineering a good tool) or processing a tool (not how a designer builds a good tool).
Thanks to Dave and Kurt for contributing to EG-GILERO says…A different perspective and their team’s approach to the tooling of medical device and drug delivery devices. We welcome all your comments and questions, and be sure to follow our blog or check out our Twitter feed to stay up to speed on what we have coming up next.