Keeping Things Straight: The Importance of Level and Parallel

July 26, 2021

Making sure your plastic injection molding machine is level and parallel is a crucial part of preventative maintenance, but what does it mean to make your machine level and parallel? And what steps can you take to ensure your machine stays that way? In this post we’ll answer these questions and dive into the specifics. […]

Orbis Utilizes M-Powered IIoT Solutions To Mitigate Break-Fix Maintenance & Discovers Significant Energy Savings

April 27, 2021

About ORBIS With more than 170 years of material handling expertise and 65 years of plastics innovations, ORBIS helps world-class customers move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively with reusable totes, pallets, containers, dunnage and racks. Using a proven approach, ORBIS experts analyze customers’ systems, design a solution and execute a reusable packaging program […]

Five Essential Preventative Maintenance Activities

April 21, 2021

Preventative Maintenance is crucial to extending the life of your machine and avoiding costly, unscheduled downtime. Checking your machine regularly during shift changes is an easy way to avoid minor issues and an opportunity for early intervention with problems that, over time, could result in unscheduled downtime events. Here are five essential preventive maintenance activities […]

Leveraging Automation & Robotics for Enhancing Manufacturing Processes

April 7, 2021

Higher output and boosted productivity are two of the biggest reasons in justifying the use of automation. These goals can be carried out into injection molding and extrusion automation through Milacron’s proprietary Mosaic + control system, connected and providing the transfer of information back and forth to auxiliary equipment. Milacron provides automation cells that make production faster, robust […]

O-Rings: Keeping Oil Where It Should Be

February 26, 2020

So where should oil be? Not on the floor, that’s where! O-rings, tubing that serves as a seal, are crucial for keeping oil inside the machine and off your shop floor. They seal all hydraulic valve ports on manifolds, and while O-rings may seem straightforward and simple in nature, and they are, there are still […]

Filter Elements: The Key to a Healthy Machine

January 29, 2020

Filter elements are one of the most crucial parts on your injection molding machine. It is a key component and one of the greatest contributing factors to extending the life of your machine. Much like your kidneys, filter elements keep circulating fluids free from contamination and particles, which means your valves, pumps and hydraulic components […]

Getting Smarter

October 31, 2018

If titles were being considered for the plastics industry in 2018, it is fair to categorize it as the year of “smart everything”. In fact, it has seen a fair bit of transformation this year both in technology and capabilities but also the mindset or direction of plastics processing in general. From many of the […]

LPIM (Low Pressure Injection Molding) – Structural Web Injection Molding

September 20, 2018

Structural Web molding technology is a variation of Low Pressure Injection Molding (LPIM) that was developed by Milacron as a proprietary molding process on our LPIM machines. It is a process that is well suited for large part/large shot sizes with good part surface aesthetics and low molded in stresses. The process also creates a […]

What is Plastic Extrusion Part 2: The Extruder and Screw

July 25, 2018

In the first post in our series ‘What is plastic extrusion?’, we discussed the basics of the plastic extrusion process. If you haven’t already read this post, you can check it out here. In the second post of the series, we are focusing on the extruder and the screw and how they influence the extrusion […]

Top 10 Things to Know/Ask When Buying a Used Injection Molding Machine

June 28, 2018

If you’re looking at buying a used injection molding machine, below are some things to know/ask before purchasing. Begin with getting the year, make, model, tonnage, shot, serial number, hours & location of the machine along with photos of the machine from all 4 sides, inside the electrical cabinets, the platens, the toggle mechanism or […]