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Enhancing In-Press Mold Cleaning with Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System

by | Mar 1, 2024


In the world of injection molding, the quality of your products hinges on the cleanliness and condition of your molds. Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure smooth operations and high-quality output. Traditionally, in-press mold cleaning involves shop towels, disposable towels, cotton towels, and industry-standard mold cleaners or degreasers. While these methods have served the industry well, they often need more efficiency, especially when dealing with intricate molds with numerous recessed areas. Enter Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System, a game-changer that promises to revolutionize in-press mold cleaning.

The Challenge of In-Press Mold Cleaning:

Cleaning molds that are still fully assembled and mounted in the injection molding machine can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. The need to physically wipe mold surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas, can lead to production downtime and increased maintenance hours. Though effective, traditional cleaning methods can be improved to boost efficiency and reduce downtime.

Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System:

Foamtec, a leader in cleanroom technology and contamination control, has introduced the Sahara+ Cleaning System, which offers a novel approach to in-press mold cleaning. This innovative system combines two key components to streamline and enhance cleaning effectiveness.

1. Sahara Sponge Wiper:

  • The Sahara Sponge Wiper is designed to be highly conformable to intricate tool surfaces, making it ideal for molds with complex geometries and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Its unique design allows it to scrub away hardened deposits more efficiently than traditional cloth or non-woven wipers, saving valuable time during cleaning.
  • Notably, the Sahara Sponge Wiper is entirely non-abrasive, ensuring that even highly polished mold surfaces remain unscathed. This feature guarantees the longevity of your molds and the quality of your products.

2. MiraWIPE for Final Cleaning:

  • After the initial cleaning with the Sahara Sponge Wiper, Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System employs the MiraWIPE for the final cleaning stage.
  • The MiraWIPE is super absorbent and abrasion-resistant, making it highly effective in eliminating particles that could become embedded in the mold surface.
  • By removing these particles, the MiraWIPE helps prevent the need for more extensive preventative maintenance (PM), saving both time and resources.

Benefits of Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System:

  • Increased Efficiency: The Sahara Sponge Wiper’s conformable design and efficient scrubbing capabilities reduce cleaning time and minimize production downtime.
  • Enhanced Cleaning: The combination of the Sahara Sponge Wiper and MiraWIPE ensures that mold surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, reducing the risk of defects in molded products.
  • Preventative Maintenance: The Sahara+ Cleaning System eliminates particles and residues, contributing to extended mold life and fewer extensive PM requirements.
  • User-Friendly: Foamtec’s system is easy to implement and user-friendly, allowing mold maintenance teams to adapt quickly and maximize their cleaning efforts.


In-press mold cleaning is a critical aspect of maintaining high-quality injection molding operations. Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System offers a powerful solution to streamline and enhance this process, providing efficiency gains and improved mold cleanliness. With its innovative conformable and non-abrasive sponge wiper and super absorbent MiraWIPE, this system represents a significant advancement in mold cleaning technology. By adopting Foamtec’s Sahara+ Cleaning System, manufacturers can look forward to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and higher product quality without the risk of scratching even highly polished mold surfaces. It’s time to revolutionize your in-press mold cleaning with Foamtec’s cutting-edge solution.

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