Choosing the right manufacturing resource planning system and ensuring it is implemented correctly will yield great benefits to your shop’s efficiency.Making the Most of High-Speed Machining
High-speed machining can cut mold manufacturing time in half, but only if it’s executed with an eye to the special needs of the tools and the process.Getting out of Survival Mode
Of course, trying economic times like these call for cutting back in certain areas, but smart shops understand that attending industry-specific events.How Trends in Diesinking EDM are Benefiting Moldmakers
Turnkey solutions that provide automation in a more affordable and easy-to-implement package are available for today’s mold manufacturers.Dreadful Losses and Rare Opportunities
For the first time in 20 years, qualified and experienced tool and diemakers are available and eager to land a job.A Unique Prehardened Stainless Mold Steel Optimized by Nitrogen Alloying
To prevent the negative effects of microstructural inhomogenities in some tool steel—such as on machinability, polishability, corrosion resistance and mechanical properties—a new alloy has been created with a more homogeneous microstructure.Delving into Rapid Prototyping Technologies Attracts New Customers
Offering RP services and investing in technologies that help to constantly improve those services can help you reach potential new markets and allow your company to push the envelope of mold building technology.Metalworking Skills Are in Demand Among Green Power Suppliers
Mold shops seeking new business have sizeable opportunities machining parts for new energy systems.Are You Charging or Recharging?
It goes without saying that shops and plants around the U.S. are facing intense economic and business pressures. For most of us, it was no bed of roses before today’s global credit crisis began last year—we’ve seen the competitive landscape shift dramatically over the past decade. A few weeks ago, I was talking to an old friend and fellow business owner in Ohio. He told me that his company was certainly feeling these pressures and he had to make some tough decisions to reduce costs—among them were reducing prices to maintain business and cash flow, and the hard choice to cut staff.
One mold manufacturer’s secret to staying ahead: obtaining a full understanding of the entire molding process by cutting and shooting molds in their own shop, and investing in today’s machining technology to strengthen a niche in complex moldmaking.
Business owners who use their time to improve their business and seize every possible opportunity—rather than wasting it on constant worry-ing—are the ones who will make it through the economic downturn. Play your cards right and you may even come out of these financial hard times with an even more prosperous business than you had before.
A patented device has been developed that addresses the requirement for a standard tool that would eliminate the need to maintain an inventory of wire guide sizes and ensures EDM small-hole precision.
41.3 Total Mold Business Index for May 2009 The total Mold Business Index is a weighted average of the sub-indices for new orders, production, employees, backlog, exports and supplier deliveries.
The company’s two mantras—customer service coupled with continuous improvement—have allowed this mold manufacturer to triumph during trying times while landing them the MoldMaking Technology 2009 Leadtime Leader Award: Large Shop for the second year in a row.