Components Mould date inserts target blind-hole applications
The indexable mould date insert from DME is said to save moulders time while helping them meet rising market demand for date-stamped parts.
The insert cuts maintenance and change-out time by allowing moulders to unscrew the date stamp from the parting line of the mould while it remains in the press instead of having to knock it out via a through-hole built into the tool. Eliminating the need for a through-hole also increases the available options for location of the date stamp, giving moulders the flexibility to place such stamps where they make the most sense on a part, the supplier said.
The inserts are entering the market at a time when date-stamped products are increasingly in demand to meet traceability requirements, the company noted. Initially, they will be offered in 6 mm, 10 mm and 16 mm sizes, and the insert can use both single-year and multi-year dates, the company said. Units feature DME’s patented positive-stop, “snap-in-place” design, said to ensure the inner insert remains fixed in the correct date position during production. Stainless-steel construction provides resistance to corrosion and wear, making it well-suited for high-temperature applications, the supplier said.