Join MoldMaking Technology on Wednesday, December 7, at 2 p.m. EST for a free webinar presented by Autodesk. Titled “Validating Your Mold: Making Good, Informed Decisions with Moldflow,” learn how data collected using Moldflow can help optimize mold performance and reduce cycle times.
Data speaks volumes and is one of the best tools for business management. Data-driven manufacturing is becoming more and more important to mold manufacturers because the numbers don’t lie. Instead they paint an accurate picture of the who, what, where, when and why of various processes and they provide the basis for many continuous improvement initiatives. Webinar attendees will learn:Read More
Posted by: Christina M. Fuges 1. December 2016
Mold manufacturing operations have a number of challenges in the “soft areas” of running their operations. Back in the day, moldmakers never had to worry about scheduling software and ERP. Today, the shops that are succeeding are the ones tracking data internally, analyzing it and using it to make decisions in their operations. This involves implementation of more sophisticated programs to manage production, track data and perform predictive analysis. All of this technology is allowing moldmakers to understand their business better and sharpen their quoting activities to bring more value to their customers.
Fourteen years ago MMT took a look at ERP because even then it was a concept "simply too compelling to ignore." Mark Bosse of IQMS outined the top 10 things a moldmaker should do to make sure its next ERP purchase is the right one, including setting realistic goals, choosing software to your industry or manufacturing type, choosing a vendor that knows your industry, choosing an ERP that natively integrates the features you need, buy to waht your needs will be in a year and beyond, select an ERP system that is intuitive and easy to use, get a guarantee, have an implementation team in place, invest in training and don't be afraid to ask questions.Read More
Last week I shared my observations during a facility tour of mold component supplier Hasco at the K show. One highlight was its Learning Center SEED apprenticeship program, so I wanted to dig a little deeper with instructor Mr. Andreas Wünsch and three apprentices, Alina Stahlschmidt, Lukas Frasch and Robin Klinker to share how the program works.
MR. ANDREAS WUNSCH: Apprenticeships at Hasco have a long tradition. In over 45 years, we trained more than 400 young people, many of which have stayed at Hasco to further their careers. Twenty-five percent of the current Hasco staff in Germany had training at Hasco. including our executive vice presidents, Mr. Paulmann and Mr. Brandt. Then in 2011 we launched our People Development Program, which includes many different ways to train our employees including SEED in 2013.Read More
Cutting tools are central to almost everything a moldmaker does when building molds. I knew there were many different types of cutting tools, but until I covered cutting tool companies at IMTS this year I didn’t realize that they came in so many different sizes, configurations, and materials, all intended to improve speeds, surface finishes and feed rates. In addition, many are specially designed for a specific kind of machining job and others are manufactured to keep chips cleared from the cutter path while also offering quick-change features that save valuable time. It’s almost overwhelming.
If you're looking for new cutting tools and related products, MMT has covered several of them in recent months. I’m featuring a few in the slideshow above. Be sure to watch for links within the captions that will bring up web pages with more information about each item shown. Happy hunting!Read More
I was perusing Facebook recently when I came across the humorous post, above, from Wicked Welding Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. It made me click through to their page where I noticed that Pete Mourouzis and his team have been busy making many posts since MMT completed and published their case study feature in October. This company really has fun with social media while also promoting its welding services to moldmakers, tool and die makers and others.
Pete told me they enjoy posting photos and videos on Facebook and that’s the place to go to view the company’s laser welding, laser marking, TIG welding, and other capabilities. You’ll see that several of their customers post on the site, too, and a few have even rated the company’s services on Facebook. They’re making social media work as a marketing tool and as a fun way to showcase their work and the industries they serve. More companies should follow their lead.Read More