Established in 1970 by George Kipe, Kipe Molds Inc. has been on the forefront of silicone rubber molding technology. Throughout the history of the company, George has been intimately involved with material suppliers and machine manufactures to help shape the silicone industry into what it is today.
During the '70s, high consistency rubber was the most common material in use, but liquid silicone was developing and gaining acceptance. Kipe Molds was building injection molds for liquid silicone and converting plastic presses for use in processing liquid silicone.
The '80s saw a vast improvement in the material quality and liquid silicone molding technology was in a stage of development. Kipe Molds was called on by material suppliers, molders, and machine manufacturers to assist in research and development projects. During the same period, a large medical device manufacture enlisted Kipe Molds to develop cold runner technology. The success of the original design led to a significant increase in cold runner projects.
During the '90s Kipe Molds built upon its foundation of technical expertise. Technically difficult molds routinely built. At this point George has been a speaker at the annual University of Wisconsin Silicone Technology Seminar. As more exotic and expensive thermosets were developed, the use of cold runner systems increased, and the cold runner nozzles were improved to handle high pressure injection and abrasive applications.
Kipe Molds has continued to stay on the leading edge of silicone molding technology. Kipe Molds introduced the first valve gate controller technology for cold runner systems in the early 2000's, improving balance and reducing flash.
Kipe Molds has developed a patent protected micro injection unit in response to the demands for minimized flash automatic micro molding of silicone parts.
With the newest version of the valve gate controller on the horizon, Kipe Molds continues to positively impact technology in the silicone injection molding industry.
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