The key to optimal customer support for any mold manufacturer is doing more—from upfront design engineering during the initial stages of product development to emergency mold repair services. And this is exactly the business model Kansas City-area blow moldmaker Creative Blow Mold Tooling offers.
The results of this industry survey set the stage for suggested practices and strategies that could help the entire vendor tooling value stream be more competitive, have adequate capacity and reach its desired success.For Better Mold Venting, Start with the Metal
Selecting the right material for specific mold components can help prevent a number of costly issuesGain Process Control with a Specialized Hot Runner Temperature Controller
Hot runner systems present unique thermal situations that require specialized temperature control for manifolds and nozzles.Signs of Growth
If online surveys could capture facial expressions, a recent survey of tool shop executives would probably show a good number of smiling faces, albeit cautiously optimistic ones.In the Trenches: The Obvious Next Step in Minimizing Press Downtime
A look at crib notes on press operation for mold repair personnel.
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Micro Tool Welding combines the science of laser technology with experience in tool and die repair.Investing More Than Finances Yields True High-Performance Machining
Batesville Tooling & Design is a family-owned company that manufactures complex injection molds. The company took its first step into high-performance machining in 2012 with a Makino F5 vertical machining center.
Making tooling a part of your machine tool purchase via a tooling certificate can save you time and money.
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The aerospace industry has some unique requirements for many of its plastic components, primarily because of the thermal expansion challenges these materials present.
Arburg has developed the Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF) process and Freeformer machine to additively manufacture individual plastic parts without the need for molds or predefined cavities.Tool Alliance Tool Catalog Available
Tool Alliance’s updated Ultra-Tool 2014 catalog is now available and can be downloaded from the company’s website, toolalliance.com.MecSoft VisualCAD/CAM Update Includes Enhanced Modules
The 2014 version of MecSoft Corporation’s standalone CAD/CAM software suite, VisualCAD/CAM, includes enhanced and improved VisualMill, VisualTurn, VisualNest and VisualArt modules.Mold-Masters Injection Unit Adds Multi-Shot Capability to Single-Material Molding Machines
Mold-Masters has added two models, the EM4 and EM2, to its E-Multi line of portable auxiliary injection units that are designed to easily convert a single-material press into a multi-material system.Delcam FeatureCAM Adds High-Speed Roughing Strategy
Delcam has added the Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy to the latest release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system.Schunk Quick-Change Pallet System Features High Retention Force
The Schunk Vero-S quick-change pallet system features a patented dual clamping stroke and an integrated turbo function that provide pull-in force of as much as 9,000 lbs.Sugino HMCs Process Parts in Aluminum, Cast Iron and Carbon Steel
Sugino Corporation’s Self-Center H15 and H15B horizontal machining centers are designed for high-precision milling, drilling, tapping and boring of small- to medium-size parts in aluminum, cast iron and carbon steel.Q-Mark Device Adjusts CMM Adapter Plate to Any Angle
The Cube Squared Plus from Q-Mark is designed so that CMM users can quickly position adapter plates at virtually any angle.Hexagon Metrology Software Complements Portable Measurement Applications
Hexagon Metrology’s PC-DMIS Touch Portable measurement software features a full-screen interface, advanced multi-touch technology and intuitive inspection routines designed to complement portable measurement applications.Heidenhain Metrology Line Includes Variety of Gaging, Inspection Products
Heidenhain Corporation offers a variety of metrology products ranging from in-process fixture inspection equipment requiring multiple gaging configurations, to 2D and 3D inspection machine encoders and digital readouts.Mitutoyo CMM Offers Increased Accuracy
With a maximum error of (1.7+3L/1,000) µm, the Crysta-Apex S coordinate measuring machine from Mitutoyo America is said to offer a higher accuracy specification than other CMMs in its class, increasing the effective measuring range at a given measurement tolerance.Boride Engineered Abrasives Mold Stone Polishing Catalog Adds Products
Boride Engineered Abrasives has updated its mold stone polishing supply catalog.Verisurf Internet-Based Training Focuses on Coordinate Metrology Software
Verisurf University is a training program from Verisurf Software Inc. designed to help customers, educators and students improve their knowledge of Verisurf software and coordinate metrology, and their practical application in a manufacturing environment.Handtmann Spindle Choices Enable 5-Axis HMCs to Machine Variety of Materials
Designed for both powerful and high-performance machining, HBZ Trunnion five-axis horizontal machining centers from Handtmann offer a variety of spindle types suitable for machining aluminum as well as steel and titanium.Mitsubishi Horizontal Boring Mills Offer High Rigidity
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ MAF-E Series of table-type horizontal boring mills, distributed in the U.S. by Yamazen Inc., features a boring spindle diameter of 150 mm and an 800-mm extendable spindle stroke, said to be the longest among the same class for medium-size workpiece machining.