MMT Article Archive

Feature Articles

A New Beryllium Standard

A proposal to set a lower exposure standard for beryllium and beryllium-containing materials will affect how the plastics industry handles and processes these materials.

3S for EDM

Applying the sort, set and standardize principles of 5S to EDM operations can increase efficiency by minimizing waste.

Managing All That Data

Product data management may have a bad rap, but making it a priority rather than an afterthought can help make the most of your design and machining information.

Jig Boring for Mold Base Accuracy

Mold performance and durability depends on mold base quality, and hole making is a crucial step in the process.

The LSR Learning Curve

This increasingly popular thermoset material follows very different rules than any plastic.

Pellet 2 Part

Preparing for Takeover Tooling

With the right preparation, moldmakers can insulate themselves from takeover tooling crises and add greater value to the molder.

From The Editor

Managing Quality

Understanding the impact of quality standards revisions will improve shop process and performance.

EAB Insight

Experimenting with 3D Printing

Evaluating the use of this technology will help you determine where to make the smartest investments.

Your Business

Keeping Up with ISO

With the ISO 9001:2015 revision from 2008 in place, there is no better time to establish a practical, step-by-step roadmap to ISO success for your company.

MoldMaking Business Index

Total MBI for September 2015:



New Era, Same Winning Formula

This company succeeds by staying up-to-date on technology and being willing to do a bit extra in the name of customer service.

Case Study

Taking Control of Measurement Tool Inventory

An automated asset management system that tracks usage and calibration schedules for measurement tools helps cut costs and improve customer service.

End Market Report

Aerospace and Packaging

Aerospace production should grow and packaging needs should accelerate into 2016.

Tip of the Month

The Benefits of Hand Scraping

Accuracy and flatness are two benefits of hand scraping that help improve machine loop stiffness, workpiece surface finish and component geometry.

Product Focus

Tool Crib Software Helps Reduce Machine Downtime

The TDM Tool Crib Module from TDM Systems is designed to organize a company’s tools and production resources, including tools that are located off-site.

Tooling Line Adds Acme Threading Inserts

Kaiser Tool’s Thinbit brand has expanded its Groove ‘n Turn line with Acme threading inserts that are designed to cut 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 threads per inch.

Injection Molding Software Lets Users Develop Robot Programs

The SPI Pendant graphical interface, developed for Yaskawa Motoman robots used in plastic injection molding, provides the ability to quickly create and modify programs without knowledge of the company’s proprietary Inform robot programming language.

Entry-Level Wire EDM Offers Improvements

Sodick Inc. says its new VL600Q wire EDM features a larger XY travel than other entry-level models, as well as an improved surface-finish circuit and upgraded Super-Jet automatic wire threader.

CMM Designed for Demanding Shop Conditions

The FIGA (flexible intelligent gage) CMM from Perceptron’s Coord3 brand is designed for demanding gaging applications on the production shop floor.

Sprue Grippers with Elastomer-Coated Jaws Gently Remove Molded Workpieces

Fipa Inc.’s 100 Series includes sprue grippers that feature high closing force, wide openings and gap-free, elastomer-coated jaws, enabling gentle but reliable handling of workpieces.

Drop-in Hot Runner System Features Easy Nozzle Connections

Available in both hot-tip or valve-gate configurations, Ewikon’s L2X drop-in hot runner system is pre-assembled and pre-wired, with nozzles directly attached to the manifold using a screw mechanism that consists of a connecting collar.

Bridge Mills Offer Large-Load Handling in Smaller Footprint

Available from Absolute Machine Tools, the Johnford DMC series bridge mill is built from a one-piece Meehanite cast iron bridge/column assembly that takes up less floor space than comparable C-frame VMCs.

Open-Architecture CNC Control Enables Enhanced Machine Performance

Said to improve cycle and lead times while simultaneously achieving optimum machine conditions, Okuma America’s OSP Suite is an open-architecture CNC control system that combines the company’s “Intelligent Technology” with various software applications.


November 2015

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