How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Is Improving Injection Molding

The evolution of industrial IoT (IIoT) technology continues to add to the highly efficient process of plastic injection molding in manufacturing by increasing productivity and potential business profits. Plastic injection molding can be used to make millions of nearly identical copies of products from a single mold. With the increased use and development of IIoT sensors on industrial machines, plastic injection molding can further enhance business productivity and the quality of manufacturing. What Is Plastic Injection Molding? Plastic injection molding uses pre-designed molds that are filled with heated plastic to create a part. The injection process is carried out by injection molding machines, and, while both the machine and the molds can be quite a hefty initial investment, there is a low cost of routine production. The novelty of injection molding is how fast parts can be made on such a large scale. Plastic injection molding also offers more consistent results with less leftover material. However, the process isn’t always perfect and errors in machinery can cost a business a lot of money and take valuable time away from production. Many defects and product failures can result from a machine supplying improper or inconsistent clamping force, injection pressure, shot volume, speed, and temperature. But with the use of IIoT technology in injection molding machines, these issues can be quickly detected and even completely avoided to eliminate downtime and additional costs.

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