How OEMs, molders and moldmakers can better determine when it makes sense to use hot runner technology.Honoring the Industry
The Annual Leadtime Leader Awards—sponsored by Progressive Components—were designed to recognize outstanding North American mold manufacturers.The Value of Lean
Last month, I wrote of the value of manufacturing and business communities taking active roles in supporting the shops and plants that make up their local eco-systems. I gave examples of how some communities and groups have been very successful at helping their communities thrive through those efforts. Ironically, I recently heard some interesting news about our largest community—our country—that got me to thinking of how important it is for us to help ourselves as individual companies.Be Proactive, Not Reactive
News from the auto industry today is full of doom and gloom. However, there are steps mold manufacturers can take to remain profitable during this time.It’s Time to Advertise
We are into another one of these cycles that the mold building industry goes through.The Right PC CNC Brings Speed to Moldmakers
What to look for in a control to get the speed, accuracy, surface finish, flexibility, convenience and value a moldmaker needs.Business Activity Is Steady-to-Better
52.6 Total Mold Business Index for June 2009 The total Mold Business Index is a weighted average of the sub-indices for new orders, production, employees, backlog, exports and supplier deliveriesDetecting Water Flow Restrictions
A look at how taking the time and data to analyze a mold problem will help you repair it right—and permanently—the first time.Reduce the Time and Costs of Jig and Fixture Manufacture
When it comes to the manufacture of jigs, fixtures and assembly tools, time-to-market for new products can be reduced, overall costs can be saved and the quality of the resulting components/production can increase with the use of additive fabrication—laser sintering and fused deposition modeling.Consider Reaching Out to a Different Market to Survive Tough Times
This mold manufacturer has reassessed its market base and began dabbling in the energy industry based on its experience with CNC machining—making it a natural transition.Quick-Change Devices Reduce Setup Time
A line of quick-change devices has been developed that serves as a replacement for traditional nuts and bolts and can reduce setup time.
Constant-velocity cutting offers low-cost, high-tech option to hand finishing EDM electrodes.
Cash flow is the foundation of any business, but it plays an especially important role when it comes to capital equipment purchases. By financing such purchases, businesses can realize several benefits, such as more consistent cash flow, preservation of working capital, better management of the company’s bottom line, tax advantages, streamlining of the purchasing process, and preservation of bank lines of credit.
This moldmaker’s turnkey services—including sampling provided with the tool build—supply their customers with a complete package every time and land them the MoldMaking Technology 2009 Leadtime Leader Honorable Mention Award: Large Shop.