Why Die and Moldmakers Should Join National Associations

By: Christina M. Fuges 18. April 2014

The ISTMA (International Special Tooling & Machining Association) World Conference recently took place in Cape Town, South Africa. This event brings together business owners and senior management from around globe who work within the special tooling and machining industry. During the General Assembly Dave Tilstone, NTMA’s representative at ISTMA, was elected President for the next three years.

European Tool and Mould Making magazine (ETMM) spoke with Tilstone about his upcoming term and why he believes it is important to join industry associations. You can read his comments here.

And speaking of the value of trade associations, this year's amerimold will feature a panel discussion of its own on that exact topic!

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm | SESSION: Advancing Your Company: Where Trade Associations Fit In

Chances are you belong to at least one trade association, but are you taking advantage of programs offered that could benefit your company beyond networking dinners and golf outings? Hear from active members how trade associations can help companies build better workforces; develop a marketing plan, prepare for the coming storms and help fight to change the storms’ direction; and even how to build profits via association programs and events.  Attendees will learn how to access and use the programs and resources that associations offer to help build a stronger company.  Q&A session follows from 4pm-4:30pm with Leadtime Leader Awards Ceremony at 5pm.

Roger Klouda - MSI Mold Builders
Mike Walters - MET Plastics
Tim Peterson - Industrial Molds Group
Vice President

Register Today!

Photo courtesy of ETMM./Culp.

Are You Aware of Conflict Mineral Compliance?

By: Christina M. Fuges 17. April 2014

If you manufacture molds for publicly traded companies, you may be asked to assist your customer with necessary documentation to submit in a new SEC required report on Conflict Minerals. Here is what you need to know:

The conflict minerals reporting rule finalized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in September 2012, requires SEC-reporting companies to conduct supply chain due diligence and to disclose the presence in their products of any minerals sourced from mines that may finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

The first conflict minerals reports are due May 31, 2014.

SPI has been supporting the efforts of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a strategic partner on this issue, which has developed compliance tools for manufacturers across various sectors. SPI has also been directing members to the following resources for guidance on due diligence, lists of certified conflict-free smelters and refiners, and templates for supply chain communication on sourcing conflict-free minerals and meeting SEC requirements:

NAM’s Conflict Minerals Resource Center (nominal cost of $65 to subscribe)

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative

Automotive Industry Action Group – Conflict Minerals


Transitioning from Standard Moldmaking to a Mold Manufacturing Process

By: Christina M. Fuges 15. April 2014

The three drivers, according to Rexam Mold Manufacturing, to making the move from traditional moldmaking to mold manufacturing are speed, consistency and cost. This video highlights some of the automation and robotics to be featured and discussed during an upcoming TMA Supplier Network event. 

The Supplier Network Committee of the TMA is presenting a panel of experts on automation and robotics at the Mazak Technology Center in Schaumburg on May 15, 2014. At the "Business After Hours" event, refreshments will be served and guests will have the opportunity to see the latest machines operating at Mazak. The event is from 5:30 - 8:30 and includes Len Graham - Rexam Mold Manufacturing; Brian Pelke - Kay Manufacturing; Michael Hahn - RR Floody; Bill Angsten - Compass Automation; Jeff Angsten - Shopware; Steve Kase - ASK Products. A short presentation will be given by Scott Miller, Interim Director of the new Digital Lab in Chicago. 

See the short video here.

Are You a 10?

By: Christina M. Fuges 11. April 2014

To get your suggestion on the list, you need to enter, so visit: to submit your name and your Top 10 reason. Feel free to submit more than one suggestion, and let’s try to top last year’s list!

2013 Top 10 Reasons to Be a Moldmaker:
10. I do it for the chips.
9. We shape things to come.
8. We do it with precision.
7. We get to form the world around us.
6. A moldmaker has the power over shoot and ship.
5. The manly cutting fluid cologne.
4. We always leave a lasting impression.
3. We enjoy working with impossible deadlines.
2. Because metal slivers in your hands are the new wave in body piercing.
1. Moldmakers are good to the core.

Everyone who submits an entry will receive a free Exhibit Hall pass to amerimold 2014 ($25 value) and a “Top 10 Reasons to Be a MoldMaker” t-shirt. Authors of the submissions selected for the Top 10 will receive a free amerimold All-Access pass, which includes an Exhibit Hall pass, a Technical Conference pass ($295 value) and a ticket to the amerimold VIP Networking Reception ($50 value). Your name, title and company  also will be listed in the amerimold Event Directory.

The author of the No. 1 Reason to Be a MoldMaker will receive the amerimold All-Access pass and a $250 Visa gift card!

This t-shirt has been a tradition of MoldMaking Technology magazine since the early days of the MoldMaking Expo, in the ’90s. Each year, these shirts put the industry’s humor to the test. The winning 10 entries are revealed at our annual trade event, the amerimold expo, which is taking place this year on June 11-12 in Novi, Mich. We will be distributing the 2014 custom-printed t-shirts to amerimold attendees who stop by the MoldMaking Technology booth and complete a simple industry survey.

So, give me your “Top 10 Reasons to be a MoldMaker.” The funnier the better, so don’t hold back!

MoldMaking Technology's April Digital Edition Is Now Available!

By: Christina M. Fuges 10. April 2014

MoldMaking Technology's April issue features technical articles on balanced toolholder assemblies, inspection software that can help 3D CAD, 3D GD&T and measuring devices work together to ensure design intent, hot runner design considerations, examining a troubled tool from a design review perspective, and using software to support your automation agenda.

The issue also includes New Business Opportunities: carving a niche with multi-material sampling, Your Business: The role of an educational philosophy, MoldMaking Business Index,  Profile: Graphic Tool, a Case Study on graphite electrode machining, End Market Reports: aerospace and packaging; Product Focus and this month's Tip on cutting tools for pre-hard materials.

You can get your digital April issue here.

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