The Challenge to Improve

By: Christina M. Fuges 13. October 2015


Tool builder and injection molder Extreme Tool & Engineeringwho we featured recently for investing in a Yasda YBM 640V3 vertical jig borer, has added another Yasda machine to its arsenal of equipment. This YMC 430 micro center with a RT10 5-axis turntable is one of only three installed in North America today. 

The machine's precise thermal management, ultra-high precision linear drives and five-axis capabilities, help Extreme reduce its EDM usage and increase its hard-milled component throughput. Tight tolerance, high end finish machining in hard tool steels is this machine's leading function, but its flexibility in moving from hard milling to machining graphite electrodes is another great benefit.

According to Extreme President and Owner Mike Zacharis, having one Yasda on the shop floor eased the decision to buy a second one. He says every day he challenges his team to improve, so anything less than best-in-class technology is essential.  He truly believes that the Yasda five-axis micro center is the absolute best machine money can buy.

Extreme also added the following machines this past year, as part of a $1.5 million new equipment and facilities investment: Makino A51NX horizontal four-axis milling machine, Mazak Quick Turn Nexus 200-II CNC lathe, Beamer FB52 50-watt laser engraver, 55-ton Roboshot with six-axis Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot and 110-ton Roboshot with six-axis Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot with auto-feed insert system.

Looking to Learn Where Additive Manufacturing Is Headed?

By: Christina M. Fuges 9. October 2015

Our Additive Manufacturing Conference later this month in Knoxville, Tennessee, will focus on industrial applications of additive technologies for making functional components and end-use production parts ... much like our Additive Manufacturing magazine

Our partner in hosting the Conference is Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a leader in additive manufacturing process development. The conference will conclude with a special tour of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour Local Motor's brand new facility opening in June in Knoxville, where they are printing cars.

For full details click here and tthen click here to register.

The Costs of Doing Business

By: Christina M. Fuges 8. October 2015

MMT not only covers the technology behind making molds, but we also look at the business side of mold manufacturing, including this new report fro the Tax Foundation that examines the bottom line state tax bill for manufacturers in each state.

The report called, Location Matters: The State Tax Costs of Doing Business,  is an apples-to-apples comparison of actual state tax burdens faced by real-world businesses. According to the Tax Foundation, it also illustrates the different types of taxes and rates businesses face and highlights how differently each state’s code treats new and previously established firms.

Tax Foundation economists created seven model firms in different industries (including capital- and labor-intensive manufacturing), and tax specialists calculated the tax bill for those firms in each state, both as new facilities and as mature firms (ones that are at least 10 years old).  Here’s a list of the highest and lowest effective tax rates on the mature model manufacturing firms:

  • The capital-intensive manufacturer faced the highest effective tax rates in:
    Indiana (19.2%), Mississippi (17.8%), Maine (17.6), Vermont (17.2%), and Wisconsin (16.5%)
  • The capital-intensive manufacturer faced the lowest effective tax rates in:
    Iowa (3.9%), Minnesota (4.0%), Wyoming (4.1%), Pennsylvania (4.2%), South Dakota (4.2%)
  • The labor-intensive manufacturer faced the highest effective tax rates in:
    Rhode Island (14.9%), Hawaii (14.8%), Illinois (14.4%), West Virginia (13.6%), and Indiana (13.5%)
  • The labor-intensive manufacturer faced the lowest effective tax rates in:
    Wyoming (4.3%), Virginia (4.3%), Georgia (4.6%), Maryland (4.9%), Nebraska (5.5%)

For the full report click here.

Digital Mold Maintenance & Repair Supplement is Available

By: Christina M. Fuges 6. October 2015

For mold builders involved in molding MMT provides educational content that is just outside of our traditional realm and that enters the world of processing—all in an effort to help make mold builders better suppliers to their customers. On the flip side, OEMs and molders (such as Rex Plastics) that retain strong in-house moldmaking capabilities or toolrooms dedicated to mold maintenance and repair need to stay current with the latest products, equipment and processes to properly maintain and fix molds. For that, MMT publishes its annual Mold Maintenance and Repair supplement that reviews topics such as toolroom maintenance strategies, the hidden value of spotting presses in mold validation and repair, ultrasonic cleaning, laser welding and more. Check it out here.


MMT's October Digital Edition Is Available

By: Christina M. Fuges 1. October 2015

This month's issue explains how careful consideration of the entire machining system improves milling of hardened steels, how software can help compensate for excessive erosion during taper cutting with wire EDM, why mold builders and molders should carefully consider hot runner selection, how to apply engineering principles when selecting properly sized alignment components and if the U.S. is making the move to the metric age when it comes to its mold components, bases and material.

This issue also features its regular departments, including EAB Insight on common sense manufacturing, Your Business on tax benefits, a profile of Canon Virginia, a cutting tools case study, Pellet to Part's third installment of designing a better heat exchanger, an EDM product focus, our monthly MoldMaking Business Index, consumer products and medical end market reports and our tip of the month on mold design.

Check out our digital edition here.

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