ConforMAL, Inc. was incorporated in May of 2010, in Clermont, Florida, to commercialize the The TachythermTM mold making process, the first patent for which was issued in June of that year. The TachythermTM process enables shorter cycle times for plastic molding processes, and reduces molded part distortion.
Mission: †††††††† To
profitably advance the art of plastics processing by providing innovative mold making technology, enabling the
molder to make better parts, faster.
Our Philosophy:††† Finding a better way of doing things is good business. Itís good for our customers, itís good for their customers, and itís good for their customersí customers.
The above statement may seem like a stretch, but itís very true. Letís look at a hypothetical example. Letís say an injection molder makes plastic parts in a two cavity mold. To produce these parts, he must pay the material costs, and the running costs of operating the molding press, in which the mold is run. In this comparison, weíll assume the material costs are similar irrespective of the mold, so weíll concentrate on the running costs. If he needs to make 500,000 parts, and the mold runs a 34 second cycle, he can make these parts in 14.1 weeks (assuming 24/7 operation). Assuming an operating cost of $65/Hour (not atypical), the running costs will amount to $153,472 for this run. If, however, through efficient cooling this part can be molded five seconds faster (a modest 15% cycle time reduction), the 500,000 parts can now be molded in just shy of 12 weeks, at a running cost of $130,903. This saves the molder $22,569 on this run. Additionally, the molder saves another $22,569 every twelve weeks, if he continues to run the mold. Whatís more, because the mold cooling is more uniform, part distortion is reduced, and his scrap rate is lower (or at least he is making dimensionally superior parts).
In this scenario, the mold maker can charge more for the mold, because it is more valuable; itís a technologically superior mold.† The molder saves money on the parts he is making with it, so even at the higher cost for the mold, the ongoing savings as he runs the mold eclipse its higher initial price, and his bottom line improves, making the mold worth its price.† As his bottom line improves, the molder is able to charge less for the parts, to compete favorably and gain market share, and the end user of his molded part gets a superior product for a lower price. No one has been exploited to achieve these benefits. There is no ďloserĒ. Everyone wins, and society, as a whole, is better off.