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Bringing Plastics to Life, Capabilities and Automation


By: Christina M. Fuges 31. July 2015

Extreme has invested in nontraditional video to market its story. Unlike common interview-style company videos, these videos showcase the shop in a real-world format while also highlighting how its employees are the essential ingredient to success. The goal was to show how its mold building, engineering and injection molding capabilities improve the quality of life for everyone. They didn't just want to tell potential customers what they do, but  instead show and invite them to share in their passion! Seems like an effective marketing strategy to me. You can check them out below:

You can also visit Extreme's YouTube channel.

What Matters Most?


By: Christina M. Fuges 30. July 2015

What matters most is what you do with the time you have here on this earth, and Amber Zapatka spent her time here with us making a difference in many lives. So, it is with a sad heart that I share the news of Amber’s tragic passing last week.  She was one of the rising stars in manufacturing, which was evident during the making of our MoldMaking Matters video late last year at Nypro in Massachusetts. Her passion for the industry was evident and her energy was contagious during the shoot. I am grateful I was able to spend some time with her doing what she loved, and I’m honored to pay tribute to such a bright, young woman in manufacturing. Please view and share this video with others, so Amber can continue to inspire our next generation. God bless her and her family. May she rest in peace. A Celebration of Her Life is taking place tonight at 5:00 PM at Kimball Farms in Westford, Massachusetts.

Making an Impact


By: Christina M. Fuges 28. July 2015

The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds for 2015. This year's recipients are showing they are willing to learn and eager to make an impact in manufacturing.

Each year, the AMBA awards scholarships to the employees or dependents of employees of AMBA member companies to help facilitate education in moldmaking in the U.S. by assisting students who desire to pursue a career in 1) mold design, CAD/CAM programming for machine tools, machine tool skills or moldmaking, 2) plastics industry manufacturing (including plastics engineering, plastic part design or plastics processing technicians) or 3) other related areas of continued training/education.

The 2015 recipients of a $1,000 (including their respective AMBA member companies) are:

  1. Christian Seaver, attending Muskegon Community College (Viking Tool & Engineering Inc.)
  2. Andrew Davis, attending Waukesha County Technical College (Imperial Tool & Plastics)
  3. Corey Bucholz, attending Moraine Park Technical College (RAM Tool, Inc.)
  4. Jeremy Palmer, attending Precision Manufacturing Institute (Tech Molded Plastics)
  5. Justin Pickar, attending Saint Paul College (Mo-Tech Corp.)
  6. Thomas Lang, attending Waukesha County Technical College (Imperial Tool & Plastics)
  7. Austin Harris, attending Tri County Technical College (JMMS, Inc.)
  8. Taylor Beck, attending Precision Manufacturing Institute (Tech Molded Plastics)
  9. Robert Weaver, attending Saint Paul College (Mo-Tech Corp.)
  10. Cody Smits, attending Ferris State University (CS Tool Engineering)

 

"AMBA gives students a pathway to limitless opportunities in school and life, and I am very thankful. This scholarship has enabled me to excel and complete my associate's degree in CAD/drafting/tool design. I am currently pursuing a degree in product design at Ferris State University. This also allowed me to put funds towards competing in SkillsUSA at the national level, and place in the top four in the United States, two times," says recipient Cody Smits.

"Cody is doing a great job working for us part-time and through the summer.  He has made an impact in our engineering area and is always willing to learn from the more experienced engineers and CAD designers.  I have been on our local AMBA scholarship committee, and in reviewing his grades as part of the scholarship selection process it is a true joy to see someone excelling in all of his classes. It is our hope that we can keep him upon graduation in a couple years," says Don Snow, operations manager at CS Tool & Engineering.

To find out more click here.

CAM Standards and Credentials


By: Christina M. Fuges 23. July 2015

Autodesk Inc., a developer of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) have partnered to develop the first-ever industry recognized CAM standards and credentials, which will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers. This should account for almost 100,000 new jobs by 2024, according to EMSI Analysis.

To help develop these standards, Autodesk and NIMS recruited industry leaders to participate in a Technical Work Group, whose kick-off meeting was held this past June. Industry experts from major companies including Google, NASA, DMG / MORI Seiki USA, HAAS Automation, Delcam, Parker Hannifin/Sandia National Laboratory and Monkey Likes Shiny participated in the session and will lead the Technical Work Group.

After development of the skills standards, NIMS will conduct a rigorous national validation process, holding regional reviews of the standards by industrial professionals, before releasing the standards to the public.

For more information on CAM standard and credential development, contact NIMS Director of Marketing, Christine Hubley here.

 

Mold Builder Brings STEAM to its Facility


By: Christina M. Fuges 21. July 2015

Geri Anderson, marketing director for M.R. Mold & Engineering of Brea, California, shared with me the outcome of their recent student event where they continue to educate young people that manufacturing is a viable alternative to college. 

Recently M.R. teamed up with Century High School in Santa Ana, California, which promotes a program called STEAM (for Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and offers students related technology courses. 

Rick Finnie, president of M.R. Mold visited the school and introduced his company and reviewed the basics of moldmaking to the students.  Two weeks later 18 student and 3 teachers toured M.R. Mold.  They began in Engineering and were shown how their classes apply to M.R.'s business.  A tour of the shop followed.  Here they were introduced to the many machines and processes that are part of building a mold.  The two-hour experience ended in M.R.'s  Tech Center where participants saw three completed molds in action: a plastic injection, silicone injection and a compression mold producing parts. 

The NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association) and R.D. Abbott were also present and involved in educating the students at M.R. Mold.

Surveys provided by Century High School solidified that M.R. not only truly educated the kids, they also sparked interest in students who did not know about manufacturing previously.  Click here for survey results and comments.

As Rick Finnie says,  “You don’t have to become a moldmaker, but find your passion and BUILD something!  Take pride in the fact that you used your hands to produce something."

 

 

 




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