MOLDS AND TOOLING MARKET
Technical and financial advantages of ultrasonic cleaning for the maintenance of tooling and molds :
– non-abrasive technology,
– improved cleaning quality,
– increased shelf-life for your molds and tooling,
– less time spent on maintenance,
– partial dismantling of molds,
– masked time working,
– lower running costs
WHO ARE THE PROFESSIONALS WHO USE THIS TYPE OF SERVICE? IN WHICH SECTORS?
Any company that uses molds and tools in its production process needs cleaning services, that is to say, companies that produce parts made with molds. This can concern different sectors: the plastics industry, metal casting, rubber, etc.
To simplify, we can use the analogy of a cake tin. After having baked a cake, you need to clean the cake tin. No matter what type of cake you make. We’re talking about the same procedure here.
We offer solutions for foundries, injection molding, rubber industry, core boxes, etc. These are sectors where sustainable molds are used. These are not molds that are discarded after use, but are reused for each production series.
We can distinguish 2 types of customers :
– end-users, who clean the molds after use.
– mold manufacturers who have to clean these new tools after having made them.
Any company using molds and tools is a potential customer.
The question is: how many tools are there to clean?
If a company has only one mold to clean per month, a cleaning installation is obviously difficult to make profitable. For customers with very few tools, it’s not the cost of the investment, but the length, and especially the cleaning results that count. For example, cleaning a mold can occupy three people for three to four days. In our machines, we do the same thing in one hour. So of course, a cleaning installation represents a big financial investment, but it can save a contractor time, and enable him to restart production after one or two hours.
He doesn’t have to wait three or four days for the mold to be cleaned. That’s a huge advantage. As a result, cost-effectiveness can be calculated in different ways.
Cost-effectiveness is obviously quicker when there are many tools to clean every day, or when the tools are very delicate (filigrees).
There are very simple tools, such as those for making a bucket for example: easy to clean by hand. But there are also very small and detailed parts, such as gear wheels for example. Cleaning them by hand is extremely complicated.
CUSTOMER NEEDS IN THE CURRENT MARKET
Opting for a ‘cheap’ machine can be a dangerous decision. Let’s take the example of a customer in the toy industry. On his different production lines he uses tools that cost millions of euros. If he buys a cheap cleaning system and it destroys his tools, the resulting damage will cost him several hundred thousand euros. Companies therefore want a partner who can offer them a reliable process and a complete solution. We not only supply cleaning tanks, but also rinsing tanks. In our installations the parts can also be immediately dried with hot air or dewatering or undergo a form of passivation to protect them from corrosion.
We deliver the machine to the customer, but also ultrasounds, detergent, water treatment system, etc. We provide everything from A to Z. The customer therefore has only one contact person to answer all his questions and this is a big advantage for him.
FOR EACH PROJECT, FISA APPLIES A TRIED AND TESTED PROCEDURE.
First of all, we carry out an analysis of the situation. What tools do you have ? What exactly do you need? We come to your site to gather together all the essential information. We study the tools, parts to be cleaned, etc. Then we invite you to come to our laboratory so that you can see the available solution for yourself. Once the cleaning test has been carried out in our laboratory and you are satisfied with the result, we are able to send you a tailor-made offer. This is essential because the installation must be capable of cleaning your entire tool set and remove all pollutants. It must also be adapted to any local constraints on setting the machine up on your site.
THE STRONG POINTS OF FISA AND ULTRASONIC CLEANING
FISA develops solutions for ultrasonic cleaning of molds and tools on a daily basis.
This expertise and our many years of experience in different sectors means that we know how to protect expensive tools from possible damage and we can always find the right solution for our customers.
In addition, we are constantly creating new solutions for our customers, whilst improving our own systems. Everything is constantly optimized to ensure that the work of the machine is more reliable than ever.
FISA, 3 October 2019