Seeking Deserving Moldmakers and Mold Designers

By: Christina M. Fuges 16. April 2015

Each year the Mold Making and Mold Design Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) searches for award recipients for its Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year Awards, which are presented during the Amerimold Expo taking place this June 17-18 in Rosemont, Illinois.

These Awards are sponsored by DME and Progressive Components, respectively. Recipients are awarded $500.00, which will be donated on their behalf to a technical school of their choice.

The following briefly outlines nomination criteria:

  • Is or was a moldmaker/mold designer
  • Has made a contribution to the industry or society
  • Has strong technical experience
  • Has a reputation for conducting business in a fair and honest manner
  • Does not have to be an active member of SPE

To enter a candidate for either nomination, please submit name to Scott Peters at  You will be requested to follow up with a biographical sketch, outlining the individual’s experiences and credentials. The Division Board will select the award recipients based on the merits of the candidates.

Give someone you know the recognition he or she deserves and nominate a candidate today!

For consideration please remember that May 15, 2015 is the nomination deadline.

Amerimold 2015 Bringing You In-Depth Workshops

By: Christina M. Fuges 10. April 2015


New this year, Amerimold Expo's technical conference program is offering two half-day workshops for a deeper dive into programming 3D parts and strategies for making mold maintenance profitable.
Thursday, June 18, Noon - 4pm
Step by Step Process to Guide Your Approach to Programming 3D Parts
This four-hour workshop is designed to teach you the latest sound techniques on effectively machining three-dimensional parts. It will tie together the cutting tools, software and machining technology and techniques necessary to reduce cycle times, lead times and costs. Two industry leaders in high-speed machining and hard milling will break down seven steps for programming 3D parts, how to machine deep cavity and cores without chatter and vibration, and three techniques for rib machining that beat traditional methods. Attendees will be shown what is possible when you marry feeds and speeds with tools and programming techniques, which they can take back and use on their own equipment. The workshop will end with a 10 micron challenge for machining accurate cavity and cores while compensating for tool deflection.   Attendees will have access to test parts for up close examination as well as proven process demonstration videos.
Roger Goble - National Corporate Product Manager, OSG USA, INC.
Doug Noxell - Owner, SURKUT Machine Technology
June 18, Noon - 4pm
Making Maintenance Profitable
To be more profitable in any business, companies need to better understand where their real costs are. Maintenance is no different. Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year unknowingly slip through the cracks due to poor data collection and usage, as well as a lack of proper bench skills. Using hands-on exercises and in-depth discussion, this two-part workshop will show attendees how their companies stack up against others in the U.S. concerning unscheduled mold repair work. Also presented will be challenges encountered when working on commonly used hot runner systems and how to improve bench skills using proven tips and techniques. Who should attend this workshop? Toolroom managers, tooling-minded plant managers and senior repair technicians or those responsible for overseeing training and productivity within their plant.  
Steve Johnson - Operations Manager, Tooling Docs
Steve Shannon - General Manager, ToolingDocs
Randy Winton - Global Assessment Manager, ToolingDocs

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Recruiting & Reshoring, Resources &Recommendations

By: Christina M. Fuges 7. April 2015

Although there is a lack of future skilled workers, there is no lack of ways to do our part to help build that future workforce, including a new recruitment tool, a refreshed resource and data on the recruiting/reshoring connection.

1. Check out our MoldMaking Matters: Your Career Can Make a Difference video. It serves as a new recruitment tool that you can view and share with your local community.

2. Listen to the first installment of MMT's 2015 Educational Webinar Series on How to Fill the Skills Gap. Harry Moser of the Reshoring Intiative provides insight on recruiting strategies, reshoring data, and how one feeds the other to bring work back to the States and attract a new generation of workers.

3.  Check out an upgraded website for Manufacturing Day 2016 with more features and ease of use for volunteers, sponsors, host companies and event attendees. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015.  Users can now sign up to host events, find events in their areas, and learn more about sponsorship opportunities through the newly updated interactive site. With user-friendly links to social media channels, scholarships, and success stories, potential participants, manufacturers, educators and students can better collaborate and access important industry resources.


Ignite Your Leadership Skills

By: Christina M. Fuges 2. April 2015

Come share best practices, learn ways to improve your profitability and become better leaders, managers and organizational contributors. This is waht the AMBA wants you to come out and do at their annual spring convention.

This year's convention is titled, “Impact-Influence-Ignite” and it will take place  May 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indianapolis.  Programming throughout the two days is designed to encourage attendees to reflect on their leadership traits, study their strengths from their current leadership posts and explore how they can better impact their companies and the lives of the people they lead.

AMBA Managing Director Kym Conis says, “We are very excited about our recruitment session, where attendees will hear from several manufacturing companies who are utilizing out-of-the-box recruitment strategies to build sustainability within their own organizations.” 

Attendees will  also bring home valuable takeaways from sharing best practices with industry peers in numerous peer exchange forums, including ignite sessions, functional area roundtable discussions, industry management breakouts, the first night welcome reception / supplier trade fair and the coveted Awards Banquet and Ceremony. 

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Snowmobiling for a Good Cause

By: Christina M. Fuges 31. March 2015

Snowmobilers at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. 

Not only did the snow bring together some of the mold building community for a little snowmobiling, it also helped raise money for a good cause. Proceeds from this inaugural i-Sledders 2015 Charity Snowmobile Ride on February 20-22 benefit iWarriors, which provides technology and assistance for wounded service members to help with rehabilitation and recovery from physical injuries, post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

iWarriors is an organization MMT has been covering since it was founded by Tim and Kim Bartz of Minnesota-based Mold Craft

Kim and Tim Bartz, Founders of iWarriors.

This first-ever two-day i-Sledders trip took place in Michigan's upper peninsula with 24 mold buiders in attendance. The event was hosted by Progressive Components and Craftsman Tool and Mold.  The event kicked off with a snowmobile ride to tour Extreme Tool & Engineering, who donated to the cause. Snowmobilers then rode about 170 miles finishing out the first day. The second day included a ride to the top of the Porcupine Mountains, Lake of the Clouds, and then onto a local casino where all the winnings would go to iWarriors. A total of 140 miles was covered that day. All in all, $$7,000 was raised for the iWarriors iPad program! A job well done.  

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