Why Not Me?

By: Christina M. Fuges 22. August 2014

"Every day is about making something great. Something that improves the quality of life. It is a chance to make a positive diffference in this world," says Carlos Cardoso, Chairman, President and CEO of Kennametal. And what he is referring to is manufacturing.  

This six-minute video from Creative Technology and sponsored by Widia, lets you hear firsthand from students, teachers and current manufacturing employees and leaders how important and rewarding a manufacturing education and career is to them ... and could be for others if we just spread the word. 

Take a look, and be inspired to ask yourself or someone you know, "Why not you?" 



Looking for Moldmaking Opportunities Overseas?

By: Christina M. Fuges 21. August 2014

On August 26th at 2pm Michael Taylor of SPI will hold a webinar, sponsored by DME, on market opportunities for U.S. moldmakers in the BRIC Countries. This is the third in a four-part educational series to help you develop a strategic vision of what foreign markets you should explore to grow your sales beyond the domestic U.S. market.

Michael reviews trade policy updates, top export growth markets, exporting basics and developing an exporting strategy and costs associated with exporting.

In terms of the BRIC region, in 2012 China and Brazil were among the top ten export markets for the U.S, plastics industry. 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. Attend this webinar to learn about opportunities in these markets.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. 

Register Today!

Designed by Firefighters and Molded in the USA

By: Christina M. Fuges 19. August 2014

The CY Plastics motto is "Molding your ideas into shape," which is evident with its venture into designing, manufacturing and selling a line of fire, rescue and safety products, which includes flare containers, hydrant markers, door wedges, and standard and custom-stamped door markers. 

Andy Molodetz, president of CY Plastics explained to me how this product line came about, "The company acquired a small moldmaker whose owner was also a third-generation firefighter. He had created molds for several useful firefighting products, and had a loyal fan base among fellow firefighters as well as first responders, police departments and institutional administrators. After having acquired the molds, we continued to make and sell those products directly to the end users and also through distributors. It’s a good fit for us."

Andy points out three specific reasons:

1. Since CY can do both blow molding and injection molding, they can create the entire product. For example, blow-molded flare containers with matching injection-molded caps and mounting brackets.

2. CY's in-house mold maintenance department can keep the molds in prime condition through welding, sand blasting, creating new ejector pins, etc. 

3.  They can offer customized products by creating inserts to add text or features to the molded part, or through secondary operations such as custom text stamping or machined cut-outs. 

CY Plastics designs and manufactures these products near Rochester, NY. They are available for sale on the CY Safety Products webstore and through a network of wholesalers. 


Advanced Manufacturing Solutions Network at IMTS

By: Christina M. Fuges 15. August 2014

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.


amerimold 2015: Looking for Speakers

By: Christina M. Fuges 14. August 2014


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.


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