Monthly Archives: September 2019

NightHawk HE for Die Cast Mold Protection

Avalon is proud to introduce our latest in die cast mold protection – NightHawk HE.  The new “NightHawk HE” boasts an IP67 rating with air cooling of the electronics.  The air cooling also utilizes Avalon’s proprietary air cone design to keep harmful debris off of the front lens cover of the camera. The 12x zoom with an integrated motorized lens has software controls built into the User Interface of the MoldWatcher vision system for ease of use.  The focus, iris, gain, and zoom functions are all controlled via the touchscreen and settings are saved for each application so they can be recalled from memory when the same setup is run in the future.  One of the main advantages of the new “NightHawk HE” is that once the camera is placed on the mold all adjustments are made from the vision computer display.  You no longer have to manually adjust the camera in the harsh environment (hot mold) with a second person.

The turnkey NightHawk HE is available for immediate purchase and comes ready to use straight out of the box. Get a free quote by calling 770.944.8445 or email us at

Protect your die cast mold investment with easy to use, proven vision from Avalon Vision Solutions.

To see how the NightHawk camera functions inside of the enclosure CLICK HERE.

How to Prevent Breaking Lifters and/or Ejectors

When lifters and/or ejectors on an injection mold do not return, severe damage can occur on the mold. Traditionally, injection mold press manufacturers have tried to ease the minds of their customers, by installing pressure sensors that are intended to catch the problem. Unfortunately, pressure sensors catch the issue after they occur meaning your production must halt, deadlines may not be met, and costly repairs need to take place.

What is your alternative to prevent breaking the lifters and/or ejectors?

With Avalon’s MoldWatcher solution, a snapshot of the mold is taken before and after injection to ensure the lifters and/or ejectors have returned and the mold is clear and ready for the next cycle. If MoldWatcher detects that the lifters and/or ejector has not returned, the press is stopped before any damage can occur and a red light and sound will alert the employees to the issue. This allows the issue to be assessed and fixed in a timely manner to ensure parts are shipped on time.

ProcessRx gives the added features of graphs, image stills that can be viewed as a movie, and other powerful tools that will allow the engineer to discover what led to the issue to determine the best way to prevent the error from occurring again.