Combining decades of design and tool launch experience with a variety of proprietary techniques to fast track the tool launch process

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OVERVIEW

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Why clients choose TZERO solutions

Accelerate Time to Market

A Holistic Approach

Turnkey Solutions

Cutting-Edge Advancements

Accelerate Time to Market

Forecast machine setup sheets for the first tryout before the mold is built and transfer to our process control system for accurate part development in the shortest possible time.

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A Holistic Approach

We use a variety of engineering tools, such as The Hub®, and expertise on the front end of a product launch with the goal of producing parts that meet the quality acceptance criteria.

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Turnkey Solutions

Achieve quality first shots through upfront engineering consulting, find the root cause of part abnormalities, and eliminate the toughest pain points.

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Cutting-Edge Advancements

We use a combination of innovative technologies in order to predict how the plastic will act inside the mold and improve simulation accuracy and end part quality.

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Delivering substantial time and cost savings with proven results

TRAINING

We bridge the skills gap and educate team members on best practices for designs and tool launches. We offer both project-based services and a turnkey option that helps you be self-sustaining, cut down on rework, and speed up the launch process.

Fundamentals of Part Design

This course provides the knowledge needed to successfully design and produce plastic injection molded components. Topics include plastic part design, fundamental material characteristics, basic tooling concepts, and more.

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Fundamentals of Mold Design

This course provides the common language and core knowledge required to successfully design robust injection molds that meet cycle time, cost, part quality, and lead time requirements. Topics include fundamental material characteristics, necessary processing techniques, and molding non-conformities with a focus on robust mold design.

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Accelerated Tool Launch

This course focuses on using simulation software to forecast process set-up sheets so you can make good parts from the first shot without rework. Experience hands-on discovery learning through importing simulated set-up sheets to the press and
matching molds with appropriate machines.

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TECHNOLOGY

We have invested many years and resources into creating a correlation between sensor data and molding simulations. As a result, we developed a patent-pending methodology to transfer predicted cavity pressure and temperature settings to our process control systems.

Benefits

  • Offers a better comparison between test methodology and real-world molding applications
  • Used in conjunction to improve simulation accuracy, not as a replacement of standard testing
  • Reduces the need for material characterization, allowing for significant time savings

In-mold rheology should be considered if your project includes one of more of the following:

Tight tolerances or narrow validation windows

Material does not exist in the simulation database

Material characterization
file is outdated

Material contains regrinds, colorant, or other fillers that are likely not characterized

CONSULTING

Through our unique combination of experience and technology, we are able to increase simulation predictability and build processes before the steel is cut. That means making good parts from the first shot with minimal rework or wasted time.

Our Approaches

We exercise unique approaches to tool launches including:

Patent-Pending Screw Moving Boundary

Screw Moving Boundary uses the existing building blocks of simulation to model the injection unit and apply screw movement, just like a real-world injection molding process. This method is particularly effective to simulate sequential valve gates or large compressibility effects that occur in the feeding system.

Screw Moving Boundary helps to predict true injection pressure of the machine (as opposed to pressure loss), range of the barrel size, and the stroke position setting of valve gate opening and closing. It also improves the accuracy of cavity pressure prediction and clamp force requirements of the machine. The results of the simulation are later used to evaluate the appropriateness of your machine using The Hub.

This patent-pending approach was developed and validated within RJG.

Predictive Template Transfer

We have invested many years and resources into creating a correlation between sensor measurement data and molding simulations. As a result, we developed this patent-pending method, which enables users to transfer the predicted cavity pressure and temperature to the eDART® system. This can be done at the tryout event, speeding up process development.

Once the template is matched as closely as possible, the deviation between the predicted and final templates can be quantified, and relevant influential factors can be studied. Predicted template transfer also allows users to correlate the material parameters used in simulation.

Mold Deflection Analysis

Mold Deflection Analysis helps to identify the area of the mold requiring the most support as well as the deflection magnitude of the parting surface. When mold deflection occurs, as do many undesired weight/dimensional variations or even costly mold damage. This analysis helps to determine the layout of robust support pillars or structures to optimize the design of ejector pins, cooling systems, and other mold components.

This proprietary approach was developed and validated using RJG’s mold deflection sensors in combination with FEA (finite element analysis) code.

Our Process

We start on the front-end of a product launch using engineering tools in order to make data-driven decisions to ensure that the end product meets your customer’s high quality standard.

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Featured Deliverables

Moving boundary

Increase simulation accuracy to predict true injection pressure of the machine.

In Mold Rheology

Update material viscosity and thermal conductivity properties in the material database of simulation.

Core Deflection Analysis

Assure that the mold will have adequate support and prevent premature failure.

Full Project Report

Fully detailed recommendations for moving forward.

TZERO Success Stories

“With RJG’s TZERO Group, we were able to identify inadequate part designs, predict molding defects, optimize mold design, and pinpoint potential assembly complications through numerous simulations. In the end, the work with TZERO provided significant improvements in all areas that will save the company an estimated $4 million per year in piece price.”

Principal Engineer
Access Business Group, LLC.

“RJG and the TZERO group have supported us with great solutions to difficult problems, allowing us to improve our relationships with our customers.”

Sean Whittum
Molding Manager Tribar Manufacturing

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