IncWell's partner uses thermoplastic olefins (TPO) to create various parts using injection molding. One part in particular has a design that exhibits an undercut condition with a 3-5mm high standing rib along the length of the part. This rib does not allow for a hidden parting line (where the two halves of the mold meet) and results in flash on the Class A surface. IncWell's partner seeks tooling (to prevent the generation of this flash) or post-processing technologies to reduce the amount of time needed to effectively remove this flash so that the surface is ready for the painting process.
Following the removal of the piece from the mold, it is first inspected, any excess is removed by sanding, the surface is primed and then painted. In order to improve production efficiency, IncWell's partner is seeking to reduce the amount of post-mold processing needed for each part.
As the customer has selected the thermoplastic olefin in use, IncWell's partner is unable to select a molding material less prone to parting line generation. Additional, it is possible to create an exposed parting line, however this would, in turn, create quality issues when applying paint to the part.
IncWell's partner sees two potential routes to a viable solution:
Post – Processing Solutions:
IncWell's partner is interested in any solutions capable of achieving the necessary processing within 60 second timeframe.
Solution which involve secondary operations resulting in increased cycle.
When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the simulation technology you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.