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The company says Cavity Eye provides an economical means to manage mold transfers (determining best process settings), new tool qualification, or failure analysis of existing tooling. Cavity Eye offers four different sensors with pin diameters from 0.8 to 20 mm and maximum load forces from 1000 to 40,000 N (225 to 9000 lbf ). The MPM central mold plug collects all the wires of the pressure sensors and can control up to 32 sensors at once. Process parameters including reference curves, tolerances, switchover pressure, and more are up- loaded to the built-in memory. Austrian moldmaker Haidlmair (haidlmair.at) also discussed its tool-tracking software, called Mold Monitoring 4.0 (MM 4.0) at NPE2018. Launched in 2016, the system uses proprietary software and thermocouples wired to the entire tool, as well as a flow sensor to track key mold and machine parameters. Haidlmair says the technology allows active control of the mold during injection, while giving molders a personalized user portal with access to mold documentation as well as injection parameters like cycle times, piece counts, mold pressures, tempera- tures, and more. Alarms can be set for out-of-spec parameters as well as maintenance. When installed, the system consists of boxes placed on both halves of the tool. QUESTIONS ABOUT NPE2018 OR TOOLING? Visit the NPE2018 or Molds & Tooling Zones. "There are times when companies build new tools because they can't find the old ones." Hungarian production-monitoring equipment supplier Cavity Eye displayed a prototype of its mold and process monitoring system at NPE. It plans to have a commercial version by October. 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com N P E R E P O R T: T O O L I N G Close -Up On Technolog y

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