IMS (Integrated Molding System) Project
IMS is a new initiative of CIMP designed to implement the concept
of Concurrent (or Simultaneous) Engineering to injection molding
of plastics. The project is supported by a Special Interest Group
(SIG) in the CIMP industrial consortum. It is amied to develop the
next-generation technologies for the injection molding industry.
The project is conducted in collaboration with C-MOLD who provides
some new software, such as Dr. C-MOLD, QuickFill, and 3D QuickFill.
These CAE tools are used in different phases of plastic parts production,
from conceptual design to quality assurance of the parts in production.
The overall objective of IMS is to develop necessary technologies
in order to achieve "the best performance" in injection
molding. The best performance is defined as that plastic part can
be produced better (in quality),cheaper (in cost),and faster(in
IMS consists of three major functional components: part design,
tooling technologies (mold design and manufacture), and process
control. These components are treated concurrently on the common
foundation of IMS.
The philosophy of IMS is based on a strong belief as described
a) The best performance begins with the best design of the part.
Ill-conceived part design guarantees troubles ahead, during the
later stages of mold design and part production.
b) Mold should be designed the first time right without the need
for costly mold trials. CAE tools should be extensively used to
supplement prior experiences.
c) Rational determination of initial setup points for process control
is essential. Such determination should be based on first principles,
rather than ad-hoc or even heuristics. Effective control algorithms
are necessary to cope with unpredictable system disturbances in
order to assure part-quality consistency automatically.
The two-year project is designed for the end-users of the injection
molding technologies. Interested parties are advised to contact
CIMP administrator for a prospectus.