Tooling2018-10-12T03:57:22+00:00

Complete In-House Tooling Solutions

Crescent Industries has been offering in-house tooling solutions for over 70+ years with specialization in building new tooling along with comprehensive maintenance, repairs, and revisions of existing tools to ensure the life of our customers tools. Our journeymen mold builders produce injection molds that provide cavity-to-cavity consistency and repeatability by utilizing high-speed CNC mills, die-sink EDM, and wire-sink EDM.

Custom Molding Markets
From a simple prototype tool to fully hardened production tools, we match the demand of your product to ensure that your tool will always perform with minimal wear and tear.
Serving Medical
  • In-House Full-Service Toolroom

  • Single-Cavity to 96+ Cavity Molds

  • Documented Maintenance, Revisions, and Repair Services

  • Tool Design for Manufacturability

  • Actions, lifters, and unscrewing

  • Valve-gate, hot-tip, cold-runner, 3-plate

Cost-Saving Solutions…

We have invested in an extensive inventory of master mold bases. These frames have interchangeable inserts which allow for quicker and less expensive mold designs. We make these mold frames available to house your unit molds and tool sets when your molded product is compatible with this type of tooling. This saves you thousands of dollars in tooling costs.

Part Design Guidelines

The “Injection Molded Part Design Guidelines” will review items to consider when designing your next plastic component like:

  • Maintaining uniform wall thickness to minimize sinking, warping and improve mold fill.
  • Using generous radius at all corners to avoid sharp corners that increase stress concentration which can lead to part failure.
  • Incorporating sufficient draft angles for easy removal of the part from the mold.
  • Using ribs or gussets to improve part stiffness.
Download Now

Mold Design Guidelines

Crescent Industries’ mold design engineers look at the aspects of the part that are important for injection molding.  Through adherence to these design principles and best practices at the beginning of the design process will ultimately lead to better overall quality of parts during manufacturing. These “Mold Design Guidelines” will evaluate items like the follow:

  • Gate Designs / Runner Designs
  • Cooling / Venting
  • Actions
  • Mold Filling
Download Now

Our Capabilities

  • MUD (Master Unit Die): The choice when a “dedicated or stand alone” mold base is not required. The part, runner and gate geometry are cut into standardized inserts that fit into the frame

  • Unscrewing Molds: Used when there is a requirement for male or female threads on a plastic component

  • Hot Runner System: An assembly of heated components used to inject molten plastic into the cavities of the mold

  • Action Molds: Includes mechanical action incorporated into the design when a hole, slot, undercut or thread is needed that is not perpendicular to the parting line

  • Two Plate Molds: Provides one parting line and the mold splits into two halves; the sprue, runners, gates and cavities are all on the same side

  • Three Plate Molds: These molds will have two parting lines and are used because of their flexibility in gating location

Tooling Exemplified…

Protect Your Investment

Preventative

Once a mold has run a set number of cycles; inspections, maintenance and cleaning should be performed.  Different types of molds age at different rates, so scheduling maintenance needs to be documented carefully. Our knowledge and experience gives us the ability to determine the best mold maintenance schedule specific to each injection mold.

Maintenance

Injection mold repairs can be costly. This means it is critically important for injection molds to receive regular maintenance; this is simply the best way to protect your investment and maintain consistent production of quality plastic components. With our on-site tooling facility we provide quick and efficient mold repairs or revisions.

Tool Transfers Simplified by our PMO

Sometimes it’s a necessary but difficult decision to transfer your injection molds to another vendor to run production. We want to make this transition as easy and hassle-free as possible. We follow a documented tool transfer procedure which includes all the steps taken to ensure a smooth tool transfer and limit the loss of production time. In addition, our Project Management Office (PMO) delivers a streamlined process and the security of working with a team of professionals that examine the entire scope of your project. Our Project Managers work closely with you throughout the entire transfer process including the hand-off to our manufacturing team for full production.

0+
Successful Transfers

High-Precision
Production Machining

Crescent Industries utilizes CNC automated equipment and highly skilled journeymen and machinists to produce custom and complex precision components. Our equipment includes several horizontal and vertical CNC machining centers, Die-Sink EDM’s, Wire EDM and a 3 Axis/2Axis machining center with a rotary table and capabilities for tombstones and automatic tool changer which achieves extended machining hours and continuous operation. We have invested in CMMs which are located in our tooling facility to perform quality inspections during the machining process to verify precision and accuracy.

  • Laser-Etching

  • Annodizing

  • Plating

  • Passivation

  • Deburring

  • Assembly & Packaging

Simple & Complex Solutions

Injection mold building, maintenance, repair, and modifications requires a combination of technology, equipment, and highly-skilled mold builders to produce injection molds faster with nearly limitless geometry for the plastic components. We offer various solutions for your tooling needs.

Our experience has taught us how to build and maintain the highest quality molds to ensure the production of the highest quality components.

70+ Years of Manufacturing Solutions

Through Engineering, Experience & Excellence…

Let’s Talk

Insert
Molding

Insert Molding reduces assembly and labor costs, reduces the size and weight of the part, improves component reliability and delivers improved part strength and structure with enhanced design flexibility by incorporating metal and plastics or multiple combinations of materials and components into a single part.  The process makes use of engineering plastics for improved wear resistance, tensile strength and weight reduction as well as using metallic materials for strength and conductivity.

Applications

Inserts can be molded into a diverse range of critical plastic components. These components can be used in housings, instruments, knobs and electrical components. Which can be utilized in the medical, defense, aerospace, electronics/electrical, industrial and consumer markets.

  • Magnets

  • Screws

  • Studs

  • Contacts

  • Spring Contacts

  • Surface Mount Pads

  • Rivets

  • Threaded-Fasteners

  • Clips

  • Pins

  • Bushings

  • Tubes

OVER-MOLDING

Advantages

Over molding has developed into a rather standard process in the field of injection molding.  We all enjoy the lightweight, durability, look and feel of modern plastics.  Over molding is basically the process of injection molding two different plastics, one on top of or around the other.  This results in a single structure that is strong and rigid on the inside yet flexible, colorful and easy to hold on the outside. 

The variety of textures also makes over molded products more comfortable and easy to use, ultimately providing more personalized products. This process helps to contribute to safety by making components shock absorbent and covers potentially harmful corners and edges. The best way to produce over-molded plastic components is with a vertical/vertical injection molding machine. As it relies on the gentle force of gravity to clamp the inner and outer parts together.

FAMILY-MOLDING

Advantages

The advantage of Family-Molding is that the tooling costs decrease and part prices become lower verses a single-cavity tool. However, family tools can be challenging & difficult due to the natural imbalance of material flow in the cavities. Our Engineers have mastered this process ensuring optimal results.

This molding process produces a set of various shaped components molded at the same time and are manufactured from the same material. These injection molds are often ran to produce parts in a set at the same time, individually or in groupings. We utilize mold-fill simulation to learn how parts will fill in the mold to prevent potential problems in the design phase before the tool is actually built. Crescent utilizes sequential valve gating in order to improve performance, reduce variation, and improve balance during the injection molding process.

Crescent’s Core Capabilities

Molding

Safety

Molding presses ranging from 35 tons – 385 tons with state of the art equipment and robotic integration for:
Medical Injection Molding
Military & Defense Industry
Custom Injection Molding

Learn More

Tooling

OEM/Industrial Industries

Single-cavity to complex 96 multi-cavity tools including documented tool transfer process & scheduled preventative maintenance programs. Our In-House capabilities offer complete solutions.

Learn More

Value-Added

Defense/Military

Offering a comprehensive range of skilled labor, collaborative robots and automation. Our kitting and value add services lead the industry with solutions for complex assembly projects.

Learn More

Engineering

Electrical/Electronics

Single-source solutions from concept into production with 3d Printing (Additive Manufacturing), tool & part design and dedicated R&D Machinery. Our Project Management team collaborates, coordinates, communicates, and executes.

Learn More

Manufacturing Needs?

Entire Engineering Solutions!
Crescent’s capabilities
Let’s Discuss your Project

Blog & News

  • Scientific Injection Molding Process & Benefits – Part I
    In a manufacturing environment filled with predictive and data-based methods, why should your molding process stray away from what seems to be the normal buzz words over the past decade? Or why should OEM’s allow injection molders in their supply chain that don’t use more advanced molding techniques then the remaining 70% of the suppliers […]
  • How Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) Contributes in Speed-To-Market Goals
    For the past 30+ years we’ve heard about Lean manufacturing, but when you don’t have a high-volume production job should you still be primarily using Lean Manufacturing principles? The solution developed over 20 years ago to handle those high mix low volume manufacturing jobs is Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM). This approach doesn’t look at making […]
  • Injection Molding Supply Chain Solutions to Reduce Complexity
    Consolidate your supply chain. This has been the goal of many OEM’s for the past 15+ years, and suppliers continue to evolve with the market demands to provide more than solely their core competency as a “solution”. Crescent Industries started out with simple value add capabilities to remove some operations the OEM needed to perform […]

Are We Connected?

Follow Crescent’s News!
mold-fill simulation
Let’s Get Connected