What Are You Thankful for Today?

By: Christina M. Fuges 26. November 2015

What better day to take stock of all you are grateful for than Thanksgiving Day. So, as you gather around the table with family and friends, be sure to count your blessings and offer a word of gratitude to those who've had an impact on your life. For me that not only includes my own family and my work family, but you ... my moldmaking family.

That may sound corny, but it's true. I've been working within this industry for the past 18 years and so many of you have made an impact on my life.  The stories you have allowed us to share on the pages of MoldMaking Technology, on its website and at Amerimold have allowed me to get to know you and your companies. 

Your passion, your drive, your commitment, your support and your courage through the good and bad years have inspired me to be better, to try harder, to work smarter, to not give up and to keep on improving. To put it simply, I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve this industry!

What are you thankful for?



What's Out West?

By: Christina M. Fuges 24. November 2015


MoldMaking Technology (MMT) once again sponsored the annual SPI Western Moldmakers Mike Koebel Trade Fair earlier this month in California. Senior Editor Cyndi Kustush and I headed out to Pomona for a week of customer visits, shop tours, an SPE Mold Technologies Division (MTD) Board meeting and the 25th anniversary of SPI's Moldmakers Trade Fair, which had more than 200 visitors from local moldmaking and molding facilities and educational/training organizations.

For the second year, MMT along with SPE MTD helped organize a free afternoon technical workshop (click links for PDFs of the presentations), which included Stratasys Applications Engineer Mark Bashor discussing plastic injection molding with 3D printed tooling. The program also offered a session on ultra-thin film coatings by Don Corbett, a product manager at Oerlikon Balzers Coating USA. Corrosion-resistant stainless steels was another hot topic. Bohler Uddeholm's Technical Manager Jim Kaszynski, and John Merlino, Regional Manager, broke down various mold steel grades. And last but not least, was how to build a well-designed maintenance plan by Progressive Components'  Jose Flores.  

The afternoon continued with the trade fair, and the room was bustling with wall-to-wall activity around the buffet-style dinner and supplier tabletops showcasing tooling and molding technology, products and services. The annual raffle prizes were a hit once again. The event happens each fall, so mark your calendars.

Click the image below for a slideshow.

An eBook Dedication

By: Christina M. Fuges 20. November 2015

The Rodon Group dedicates a new eBook to product designers and engineers who are charged with producing perfect plastic parts. This "How to Manufacture Perfect Plastic Parts” eBook breaks down four key factors that impact part quality: part design, tool design and build, material selection and manufacturing.

For example, acknowledging that a quality precision mold is an investment in your company, the book examines the variables that impact the cost of a plastic injection mold, including core metal, number of cavities, mold base, core/cavity machining, part complexity and turnkey or vertically-integrated injectoin molders.

Overall it reviews the most important aspects of each stage in the cycle with charts and diagrams to help clarify key concepts. The goal is a useful resource for engineers, designers and purchasing agents.

Click here.



Fast-Track Training

By: Christina M. Fuges 19. November 2015

Right Skills Now focuses on in-demand skills in CNC operations, programming and machining, which will account for 14 to 22 percent of job growth by 2024, according to NIMS. NIMS and its partners developed Right Skills Now in response to the manufacturing skills gap, and through it participants earn a career readiness credential and four stackable NIMS credentials via an education partner. They also obtain basic workplace experience and skills through a company-sponsored internship.  

The three main models listed are:

1. Fast-Tracked, For-Credit Career Training, which is the accelerated route, using modular curriculum, allowing individuals to gain credentials and academic credit.

2. Industry Credentials with Value in the Workplace, which supports students in their transition to employment while continuing their studies and accumulation of industry-recognized credentials.

3. Pathways to Advancement and Degrees, which offers participants the opportunity to continue their educational goals while working to help advance within their career pathway.

Right Skills Now can be used as an entry-level training program for new or transitioning employees or as a pre-apprenticeship program that provides foundational skills and experiences for individuals pursuing full-time apprenticeships. 

Looking for a Tool Steel Heat Treatment Source?

By: Christina M. Fuges 17. November 2015

How does agitating a quench liquid improve quenching speed? Why do tool steels require a high austenization temperature for hardending? How thick can a P20 mold steel be through hardened into the center? These and other questions were answered during last week's webinar on heat treatment basics.

Mold and die steels can be supplied pre-hardened or in a soft condition to facilitate machining. If machined soft, the steel must be hardened to enable the material to withstand the demands of a production environment. Heat treatment is the process for hardening or altering the internal structure of steels. Several processes can be used to achieve the desired end condition. Once considered an art, heat treatment has been refined by science and technology to a reliable and repeatable industry.

Click here for our archived webinar presented by Ellwood Specialty Steel

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