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Stress is something that everyone has in common. That was driven home for me at the American Mold Builders Association’s (AMBA) annual conference in Cleveland earlier this month, when I attended a Game Changers session presented by Adam Timm. He is an author, speaker and “stress resilience subject matter expert,” and he gave a very abbreviated, but revealing, talk about stress management. I’m not saying the other sessions offered were left with only crickets chirping, but Timm’s session drew a standing-room-only crowd.

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Members of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) gathered together last week in a breakout session geared toward helping them bridge their human resources “pain points” by sharing experiences and solutions. The breakout session, which was held during the AMBA’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, sprouted many great ideas that I will share here.

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Westminster Tool shared its strategy for bridging the gap between concept and production back in 2014. It uses Moldex 3D® software for design for manufacturability (DFM) by simulating the molding process to analyze shrink, cooling and warpage, as well as evaluate gating options.  During this stage Westminster can offer alternatives to part design that have the potential to reduce and optimize cycle time, ensuring a robust mold and improved productivity. Read more here. Fast-forward to today and now simulation software is being used in 3D printing.  

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Posted by: Steven Kline, Jr. 17. May 2017

GBI: Moldmaking for April 2017 - 54.0

With a reading of 54.0, the Gardner Business Index showed that the moldmaking industry grew in April for the eighth time in nine months, although this was the second month in a row that the rate of growth decelerated. This rate of growth still was nearly the fastest it has been in three years. 

New orders increased for the fourth month in a row, with a subindex hovering around 60 for the third straight month. Production also increased for the fifth month in a row. Since September 2015 production has seen quite a few peaks and valleys, but the overall trend in the production subindex continued to climb. The backlog index grew for the fourth month in a row, a trend that clearly indicates increasing capacity utilization in 2017. Employment increased for the sixth straight month. The export subindex contracted for the fourth month in a row, and its rate of contraction has accelerated through the first four months of this year. Supplier deliveries lengthened for ninth month in a row. 

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The list of exhibitors that will display their wares at Amerimold just keeps growing. Attendees will be in for a great show, with a pre-event workshop, machining demos, informative conference presentations by those who use the featured technologies and products and plenty more.

This is our industry’s show, and this week we bring you yet more previews of what you can expect to find as you walk the aisles of the biggest Amerimold Expo yet.

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