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Learning organizations

 

A true learning organization is a result of five interrelated disciplines: personal mastery, shared vision, team learning and mental models, which make up the foundation of the organization, and systems thinking is the cement that holds it all together. This throwback article from 2004 by Ashish Mithal, a new products manager for Waddington North Americareviews some curent business thought in organizational learning and outlines how learning initiatives can serve as a central strategy for mold shops to stay ahead of in today's competitive times.

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August’s cover shows the machining of a mold insert for a PET bottle mold. The Heidenhain TNC 640 control allowed the operator to machine the cavity in full five-axis using the dynamic precision features of the CNC as well as the mill-turn functions to machine the casing flange and the insert in the same setup. This ensured perfect concentricity, as the part did not need to be moved from the milling machine to a lathe. See related story on page 12 of our digital edition. 

Here are five great tips from this issue:

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Two weeks ago, I featured a few case studies that were originally published in MMT in 2015. As I said then, technologies may evolve but overall, hearing about how other shops are using various products to their advantage can be very helpful to those in need of objective feedback. So here we go with a slideshow and links to the balance of case study features from 2015.

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Does flying into Reagan National Airport and thinking about the words Capitol Hill, White House, Senate, The House and Washington DC intimidate you? Even though I had done this a couple times several years ago, those nerves came back. One way to grow is to step out of your comfort zone and in this case, it was an attempt to make this great country better for all moldmakers on behalf of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) and PLASTICS, the The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

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We all know how hard this industry works, but we also know how hard this industry can play. It makes for a powerful combination, and a fun one when you are away from home at a trade show. This community knows how to have a good time.

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