Inventor of Turbulent Flow Baffles Knew DME Could Make Them a Reality
Bankar Innovations is a startup specializing in new product development that adds value in a wide variety of applications, including motorsports brake systems. But the innovation that founder Brian Finkel brought to DME came directly from his expertise and experience in mold tooling.
Finkel considered the traditional method of brass baffles to facilitate mold coolant flow, and he felt there had to be a better way.
Many companies spend a lot of time and money making their own baffles – welding, cutting, etc. Paying close attention to marketplace trends in automotive and elsewhere toward replacing metal with plastic, he saw an opening in baffles for a more sophisticated design that could be molded from plastic and produced in bulk to lower costs.
After developing the tooling, finding the best material and testing a prototype, it was time to find the right partner to take it to market.
"We wanted someone with a good name in the industry, and DME has the biggest market share," Finkel said.
The result: DME Turbulent Flow Plastic Baffles, which improve mold cooling performance at lower cost than traditional brass baffles. The DME Turbulent Flow Plastic Baffles are sealed within the cooling channel, eliminating coolant blow-by and ensuring uniform cooling. They also create turbulence within the cooling liquid (hence the product name), increasing heat transfer and cooling parts more quickly. Bankar's tests show that the new product can help achieve up to 20% faster cycle times.
In its relationship with DME, Bankar maintains the patent and handles the manufacturing, while DME provides the resources of more than 30 global locations, customers in more than 70 countries and one of the most robust tooling technologies product catalogs in the world. Demonstration videos, tradeshow promotions, advertising and media coverage are just some of the ways we've accelerated the success of this great product.
The success of Turbulent Flow Plastic Baffles has led to additional products in development by Bankar for DME, so stay tuned!
"DME has a big market share and they've been around longer than anyone else out there. I value their opinion, their marketplace and their trustworthy name standing behind my baffles. They've been a great partner, and I'd definitely work with them again."