HP: As sustainability requirements intensify across supply chains, manufacturers face a new benchmark for remaining competitive. Can you summarize how HP’s molded fiber solution gives users measurable advantages over traditional equipment?
When you look at the overall molded fiber process, HP’s solution offers optimizations at every single stage. Our digital workflow makes designing and customizing a tool easy and gives companies the freedom to iterate more and still get to production faster. Then there’s the fact that the tools themselves are significantly lighter. Customers tell us they notice a significant decrease in weight (>75%) over traditional tools. This creates obvious advantages for transportation, installation and even the life of the machinery they are run on. Maintenance is virtually eliminated because the tools are corrosion and calcification resistant and if/when the screens are replaced, that can be done by the operators in minutes while the tool is still in the machine. The molder benefits from the more efficient use of material, and the product itself is stronger as Innofibre’s first pass retention study documents. Innofibre’s research really underscores the fact that HP’s technology will give companies a long-term competitive advantage.
HP: What have been the most significant results of HP’s recent validation from Innofibre, and what does the data suggest about the future of this technology?
One of the most impactful results of Innofibre’s independent research was the savings that can result from using HP’s molded fiber solution. HP’s digitally designed tools enable better, more-controlled retention of long fibers, which allow parts to be produced with significantly less fiber than a part molded with traditional tooling while achieving the same part strength. Using less fiber means shorter cycle times. Plus, less water will remain in the molded pulp part, which results in additional savings of time and fuel in the drying of the parts. Innofibre’s testing validated that HP’s tooling solution that covers a high percent-open-area form with a digitally designed screen can more efficiently make better parts faster than traditional 50-mesh tooling. Bringing such efficiencies to the molded fiber industry is just the beginning of HP’s journey. Looking to the future, we are focused on continuing to improve the technology and adding even more features that are unheard of today.