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Key elements of iMFLUX Integration include nozzle pressure sensor, cavity-pressure feedback, user interface, and software & controls.
Key elements of iMFLUX Integration include nozzle pressure sensor, cavity-pressure feedback, user interface, and software & controls.
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Beaumont’s American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute is teaming up with iMFLUX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble (P&G), to offer two levels of training on iMFLUX’s proprietary process control system for the plastics injection molding industry.

The AIM Institute and iMFLUX are both recognized in the industry for their research-based and innovative approaches to solving injection molding problems.

AIM, an organization dedicated solely to research and education, is home to the only ANSI-accredited training program in the injection molding industry, while iMFLUX’s constant pressure approach to molding touts benefits.

“It was imperative that our training partner be well versed in not only conventional molding, but also open to understanding the benefits of iMFLUX and how our pressure controlled process has the potential to transform the way our industry thinks and operates on the shop floor,” said Gene Altonen, Chief Technology Officer at iMFLUX.

The AIM Institute’s Introduction to iMFLUX class will provide attendees with a basic understanding of iMFLUX control parameters, how molding with iMFLUX compares to conventional molding, and examples of ideal applications for processing with iMFLUX.

The Applied iMFLUX Processing class is designed for process technicians, engineers, or managers whose job requires understanding and demonstration or implementation of the iMFLUX injection molding process. Attendees will be given the knowledge necessary to set up and adjust an iMFLUX process as well as to convert a conventional molding process to one utilizing iMFLUX.

Through the distribution agreement, Milacron will integrate iMFLUX into their injection machine controls with native user interface (UI) and screens.iMFLUX and Milacron  sign distribution agreement

Previously, in Oct 2018, iMFLUX and Milacron Holdings Corp announced that they have signed a distribution agreement. 

Through this agreement, Milacron will integrate iMFLUX into their injection machine controls with native user interface (UI) and screens.

Milacron will be the one of the first machine manufacturers to integrate and offer this capability, and has certain exclusive rights to offer iMFLUX patented processing technologies as a fully integrated package.

How does iMFLUX injection molding process work?

P&G
 patented the innovative iMFLUX injection molding process in 2013. The iMFLUX process uses constant, low pressure to fill the mold. Importantly, the process is controlled in real time by pressure sensors inside the nozzle and inside the mold — and an iMFLUX-developed sensor bolted to the outside of the mold called NightHawk which measures strain and deflection of the tool, converting the data into yet another measurement of cavity pressure. The company said the key to tying it all together is the software.

The biggest breakthrough was discovering that filling slowly unexpectedly results in faster cycle times. There are several contributing factors:

  • Lower filling rates result in less shear heating, which then requires less cooling time.
  • The mold is filled so slowly that the mold is “packed as it fills,” thus the material is continuously in contact with the mold walls, providing efficient cooling.
  • When the mold is completely full, the part is already packed, which essentially eliminates the packing phase and reduces the cooling portion of the cycle.

Other advantages include improved part quality, new part and mold design possibilities, sustainability improvements, and reduced capital expenditures.


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