Effortlessly Clean Mould Tools with Kemet's Innovative Solutions and Save on Labour Costs
Kemet International is a well-established supplier of surface finishing solutions to the mould and tool industry, with over 70 years of experience. Throughout their history, their range of power hand tools and ISO 9001 certified diamond consumables have been crucial for tool rooms.
Recently, Kemet International has introduced a new cleaning process that can restore any used mould tool, including injection moulding or die casting, to a near-new condition by removing any contamination in about an hour. The process requires no manual scrubbing, only a Kemet Ultrasonic Cleaner and a special aqueous-based mould cleaning solution.
Traditionally, cleaning a mould tool required a manual process using abrasives that not only removed the contamination but also changed the geometry of the mould's parent metal, damaging precision edges, profiles, and surfaces. This process was time-consuming, and the cost to the industry in labour time, mould refurbishment or replacement was significant. With Kemet's solution, only the contaminant is removed, whether it is plastic or rubber residue, release agent build-up, non-ferrous mould debris, and more, all with no manual input other than loading and unloading the tool being cleaned.
Kemet's innovative solution has revolutionised the way mould cleaning is performed in the manufacturing industry. Their process utilises advanced technology that eliminates the need for manual cleaning using abrasives, which can cause damage to the mould's parent metal. The traditional cleaning method was not only time-consuming but also costly, as it required significant labour time, and often resulted in mould refurbishment or replacement due to the damage caused during the cleaning process. Kemet's solution, on the other hand, has a number of benefits. For instance, it allows for a faster and more efficient cleaning process, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. It also eliminates the need for skilled operators to perform the cleaning, saving on labour costs. Furthermore, the process is environmentally friendly, as it does not require the use of harsh chemicals or solvents, which can be harmful to the environment.
The advanced technology used in Kemet's solution involves the use of specialised cleaning agents that are sprayed onto the mould tool. These agents are designed to break down and dissolve the contaminants without damaging the underlying metal surface. The process is automated, requiring no manual input other than loading and unloading the tool being cleaned, making it easy to use and reducing the risk of operator error.
Since the system is an aqueous cleaning process that, in combination with ultrasonic cavitation action, reaches even the most difficult areas of a tool, no solvents are needed, making the process kinder to the environment. Kemet's approach to problem-solving involves taking on test work in-house to finalise a solution that can be easily transferred to a client's system. Rather than simply sending a potentially suitable cleaning fluid, Kemet determines the optimal complete process, including chemistry, temperature, concentration, and mechanical action. This method ensures that a client's system is not compromised by a poorly formulated cleaning solution. Kemet also offers filtration systems that can significantly improve the cleaning life of a detergent, as well as systems that can treat contaminated water at the end of its usable life. Although this level of control is beneficial, it is not essential for every user. Kemet puts the same energy into projects that require only a small amount of cleaning fluid as it does into projects that need a multi-stage automated cleaning line. For Kemet, solving a problem is the priority.
Overall, Kemet's solution has proven to be a game-changer in the manufacturing industry. It has helped companies to save time and money, while also improving the quality of their products. As a result, it has become the preferred method for cleaning mould tools, and is expected to continue to grow in popularity as more companies adopt this innovative technology.