Ohio Patent of the Month – May 2023

Injection molding is a widely used process in the manufacturing industry, growing in its range of products and industries. However, this process is not without its challenges, including the potential for leaks in the injection molding device. To address this issue, iMFLUX Inc, innovators in the plastic injection molding space, has developed a unique system that employs sensors to detect and compensate for leaks in the injection molding device.

One of the key features of iMFLUX’s system is the use of multiple sensors located at strategic points throughout the injection molding device. These sensors measure various parameters, including pressure, volume, and temperature of the injection material at different locations in the device. By using this data, the system is able to calculate the weight and mass of the injection material inside the cavity during the injection process. This information allows the system to adjust the speed of the driving mechanism, ensuring that the cavity is filled with the correct amount of material and preventing overfilling or underfilling.

What sets iMFLUX’s system apart is that it doesn’t rely on traditional strain gauges to detect leaks. Instead, the system uses the measured parameters to compare them to predetermined curves. When deviations from the curves are detected, the controller adjusts the flow rate of the injection material, compensating for any leaks in the system. This approach allows for more accurate and efficient detection and compensation of leaks, resulting in higher quality parts and less material waste.

iMFLUX’s commitment to innovation has led to the automation of numerous molding processes, producing new capability to design and produce previously impossible parts. Their revolutionary low-constant-pressure injection molding platform works with virtually any plastic injection machine, material, and mold.

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