By: Christina M. Fuges 15. August 2014

Advanced Manufacturing Solutions Network at IMTS

This year's Advanced Manufacturing Center will create a network of solutions for learning more about five trends and technologies that are moving manufacturing forward. The Advanced Manufacturing Center's Solutions Network will explore Additive Manufacturing, Automation, Automotive 2025, Machine Shop Optimization and Data-Driven Manufacturing. 

Additive manufacturing pushes back the boundaries of part production. By "growing" or "printing" functional parts, manufacturers can economically produce complex components in quantities that would be too small to justify die or mold tooling. Because of the design freedoms, the use of additive manufacturing seems all but certain to advance. Visit the AMC to discover ways that additive manufacturing can move your manufacturing forward.

Modern Machine Shop's annual Top Shops benchmarking survey, enables shops of all types to compare their business and machining metrics against industry leaders. Results from this year's survey including an announcement of this year's Honors Programs winners will be presented at the AMC.

Automation is a multiplier. Allowing robots to execute repetitive tasks expands the amount of production and the number of simultaneous operations that a human can oversee. Rather than being a replacement for employees, automation is leverage that increases the value of an individual employee by freeing this person to focus attention on the work that requires human knowledge or human judgment.Visit the AMC to discover ways that automation can move your manufacturing forward.

Data-driven manufacturing implies that decisions controlling the manufacturing process should be based on facts, not guesses, wishes, theories or opinions. Emerging technology is enabling both people and equipment to collect and process the facts they need to achieve better results. Driving manufacturing with data promotes integration and coherence across manufacturing organizations throughout the entire supply chain.

Be sure to stop by to learn about 5 trends that are moving manufacturing forward. Receive 2 FREE drinks in the solutions Network Bar and pick-up your "I Move Manufacturing" t-shirt at Booth W-10, West Hall.


By: Christina M. Fuges 14. August 2014

amerimold 2015: Looking for Speakers


amerimold is a trade show, technical conference and networking event that connects mold manufacturing and plastic injection molding.  The trade show floor features exhibitors displaying products and services used for mold engineering, building, maintenance and repair. Products on display include: machine tools, cutting tools, CAD/CAM, 3D printers, mold components, hot runners, mold materials, and mold/tool & die services.

Audience: amerimold draws an audience of more than 2,500+ OEMs, mold builders and injection molders to evaluate new product technologies, replenish inventories and learn about processes and techniques that will help them become more productive and more profitable.  Attendees are corporate management, manufacturing/production, engineering,  purchasing and other decision makers from the mold manufacturing supply chain—all affiliated with a variety of industries including automotive, packaging, consumer products, medical, electronics and aerospace.

Technical Conference: The Technical Conference is an important component of amerimold, which offers high-quality, noncommercial conference programming, providing attendees with practical solutions for dealing with the challenges and complexities of mold manufacturing—from mold design to first shot.

amerimold is currently accepting abstracts on the following topics:

  • Quoting, designing, programming, 3D printing, selecting materials and components
  • Machining, EDMing, inspecting, automating
  • Maintaining, protecting, cleaning and repairing
  • Molding, processing, troubleshooting
  • Training, globally competing, marketing

Presentation submissions must include:

  • Presentation Title
  • 200-Word Description
  • Speaker Bio and full contact information

Forms will be evaluated by the editorial staff. Subject matter is unrestricted; however, sales and marketing presentations are prohibited.

Presentation Submission Forms are due by September 15, 2014.


By: Matthew Danford 13. August 2014


Milling tools like these offerings from Ingersoll will be increasingly likely to feature PVD coatings rather than CVD.

When Robert Sullivan, manager of coating technology at Ingersoll Cutting Tools, asked a group of moldmakers whether anyone uses CVD-coated cutters for milling, no one raised a hand. That response, he says, is in keeping with a general industry trend toward a preference for PVD coatings, at least when it comes to milling.

The group he queried consisted of manufacturers attending Ingersoll’s mid-July Die & Mold Seminar, an annual, day-and-a-half-long series of educational presentations and live demonstrations that was well-worth attending. As part of the event, the group took a tour of the cutting tool manufacturer’s plant, where they got a first-hand look at PVD equipment purchased in 2012. Among other advances, the new technology has significantly improved coating adhesion, historically a weak area of PVD.

Now that what Sullivan calls the “Achilles heel” of PVD isn’t as much of a problem, its advantages are more pronounced. Chief among those is the fact that the PVD coating process occurs at a much lower temperature than CVD. Lower temperatures have less of an impact on the toughness of the underlying carbide substrate. On the shop floor, that translates to improved performance in interrupted cuts and work that requires fine finishes and tight tolerances.

Sullivan emphasized that CVD tools are still just fine for turning operations, and that these tools perform particularly well in high speed, uninterrupted roughing cuts in materials like cast iron and steel. Still, judging from his comments and feedback from the assembled attendees, PVD has a much brighter future as far as milling is concerned.

By: Christina M. Fuges 12. August 2014

Webinar: Moldmaking Opportunities in Brazil, Russia, India and China

Michael Taylor, senior director, International Affairs and Trade, for the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) evaluated the BRIC region for growth opportunities for the U.S. plastics industry and for moldmakers in particular. He will present his findings in a DME Company-sponsored webinar on August 26 at 2pm EST.

Much attention is given the so-called BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. In 2012, China and Brazil were among the top ten export markets for the U.S, plastics industry with $4.8 billion and more than $2 billion in total exports. While China has remained the third largest export market destination for some time, Brazil took over the fifth place spot from Japan during 2011. After 18 years, Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization is predicted to result in a doubling of U.S. total exports there. In India the plastics industry is poised to benefit from increasing per capita income, rising consumerism and modernization. Estimates are the demand for polymers will jump to 16.5 million tons by 2016-17 from 11 million tons during 2012-13, resulting in consumption rising by 10.8% compound annual growth rate. In addition, India is expected to be among top 10 packaging consumers in the world by 2016 with demand set to reach $20.8 billion.
In this quarterly webinar series, you will learn about export markets specifically attractive to U.S. mold manufacturers, and how to size up these market opportunities comparatively. Each webinar will focus on a geographic region or grouping of top export markets. Participate in all four webinars and you will have an excellent strategic vision of what foreign markets you should explore to grow your sales beyond the domestic U.S. market including:
• Trade policy updates
• Top export growth markets
• Exporting basics and developing an exporting strategy
• Costs associated with exporting 

Register Today! to hear more.

By: Matthew Danford 11. August 2014

The Advantage of a Trunnion

The HPM 800U HD’s trunnion-type design was a key factor in the shop’s choice of machine, but this particular model had even more to offer.  

G.H. Tool & Mold had more than raw capability in mind when it began the search for a new five-axis machining center.

By that point, the company already had two five-axis machines on the floor. While aging, both were perfectly capable, save for one problem: their massive spindle heads tended to impede access to certain workpiece fixtures. Rather than a machine that rotates the spindle around the workpiece, the shop decided its next model would rotate the workpiece around the spindle.

The model it chose, a Mikron HPM 800U-HD from GF Machining Solutions, delivers more than just a trunnion-type configuration. It also offers a number of other features that improve cycle times and surface quality. Learn more here.

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