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Plastro Irrigation : Moldflow
Plastro Irrigation was established in 1966 by Kibbutz Gvat in Israel. Starting as a manufacturer of plastic pipes and basic irrigation products, the company rapidly expanded and diversified its lines of products to become one of the world's leaders in the field of Low Volume Irrigation (LVI). The company is a full service company offering customers solutions to all their irrigation requirements. Plastro products include integrated and on-line drippers, Ray Je sprayers, sprinkler systems, foggers, misters, and other items.
Recently, Plastro engineer Zvika Einav solicited assistance from Gal Sherbalis, principal at GS Design, an independent plastics engineering consultant firm in Israel. Plastro needed to develop a thick part to be used as a dead weight in a new mist sprayer. The weight is constructed of two shells clipped together around a pipe. Einav was aware that thick "chunky" parts tended to warp and required long cycle time to produce. Further, more thick parts could have surface finish problems due to jetting during injection molding.
The following factors were considered:
The project sequence and goals were not different from many similar projects done in the past, but what made this project special were the geometry and the analysis tools used. Sherbelis adds, "Most plastic parts have a shell-like shape with the length and width of the part being much larger than the thickness dimension. Shell-like geometry can be successfully analyzed by the midplane technique or it's off shoot the double skin technique.
"The part in question has a length width and thickness of the same order and could not be possibly analyzed by the midplane technique. Only full 3D analysis could accurately accommodate the part geometry. This was the first time I used MPI's full 3D warpage capability."
Since the analysis project, the part has been in production with satisfactory results that match the software predictions. See the part at www.plastro.com/page.aspx?section=587
For more information about Moldflow, visit www.moldflow.com. Visit www.plastro.com for more information about Plastro Irrigation.
Author: Laura Carrabine