Amerimold 2015 Will Help You Keep Your Molds Running Longer

By: Christina M. Fuges 26. May 2015

Amerimold's Maintain block of conference sessions will help teach you about the skills and systems necessary to overcome mold repair issues, including welding, surface treatment, maintenance and data management strategies. Check out the line-up:

Repair/Design, Overcoming Repair and Part Quality Challenges with Design: Topics will include: proper venting and standards, parting line bearing surface, unsupported ejection and lifter lengths, ejector stroke, supports, wear surfaces, hardness, coatings, design for ease of maintenance (in the press and on the bench), proper component fit and function, timing lifters, proper lubricants and cleaning methods. Royal Technologies Corp., Randy Kerkstra

Surface Treatment, Making Zero Parting Lines Possible: Examination of the partnership between the texturing source and the toolmaker as they work together to design, build, fit and apply the decorative finish to meet design intent will be covered in this presentation. The design and function of the tool with regards to access, slide or cam pockets and lock-down hardware, first shots, final fitting, texture application and sampling will be discussed. Early and ongoing collaboration and communication among all parties involved will be emphasized. Mold Tech, Paul Williams

Mold Maintenance, Five Reasons to Celebrate Mold Cleaning: An integrated approach to success will highlight five reasons to celebrate mold cleaning not postpone it: 1. mold cleaning can be accomplished effectively in the machine; 2. zero waste; 3. faster; 4. without causing mold wear; and 5. without leaving any chemical residue. Molders and toolmakers using dry ice will increase yield, extend asset life, increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve environmental quality and worker safety. Cold Jet, Steve Wilson

Surface Treatment, Plating Aluminum Molds for Optimal Performance: This presentation will review which aluminum types are best for a polished finish, provide tips on how polished finishes and coatings can be used for maximum protection and part release, give an inside look at masking techniques, and share best practices for communicating and coordinating with your plating. Case studies will reinforce the importance of coatings and finishes for optimal performance. Bales Mold Service, Harry Raimondi and Phoenix Proto Technologies, Bob Lammon

Surface Treatment, Laser Texturing: Practical Applications: Presenters will explain the laser texturing process, review its current uses versus the traditional chemical texturing process, describe its benefits and limitations to the mold manufacturing industry with a look at costs and lead times, and share examples of products being textured with this technology now and in the future. Custom Etch Inc., Donald A Melonio and GF Machining Solutions, Chad Hase

Repair, Build with Maintenance and Repair in Mind: Participate in a Q&A on what happens when you don’t plan on maintenance and repair for the life of a mold program. United Tool and Mold specializes in mold repair, but also builds plastic injection, blow and compression molds as well as performing engineering changes, engineering services, service-on-site, laser welding and in-house texturing. United Tool & Mold, Scott Phipps

Repair, Tooling Data for the Entire Supply Chain: This presentation will explain how combining an online platform with mobile app technology can improve the way your company manages and communicates data, both internally and with outside suppliers, to guarantee that your tooling, process and maintenance information is always available. Tool Stats, Sean Brolley

Repair, Justifying, Specifying and Implementing an In-House Laser Welding Program: The sheer volume of welding and the demand for quick turnaround forced this moldmaker to consider implementing an in-house laser welding program. This presentation will share their journey by discussing purchasing considerations, the selection process, training, customer benefits and some laser welding tips and tricks. Industrial Molds Group, Justin Carlson

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MMT Participates in New Moulding Expo

By: Christina M. Fuges 21. May 2015

After attending this inaugral Moulding Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, I'd have to say that it was quite impressive. Around 15,000 visitors from 44 countries participated, and MoldMaking Technology was among its more than 600 exhibitors showcasing everything from 3D printing and CAD/CAM to hot runners and mold components to cutting tools and machine tools to automation and mold repair equipment, and much more. Most attendees traveled from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, but represented automotive, mold building, mechanical engineering, plant construction, plastics, metal working, processing and production.

The interesting discovery for me was the number of suppliers interested in reaching the North American marketplace with their technology solutions, including new simulation software with faster calculation times, a unique isolated mold insert concept for temperature regulation and gantry-type, heavy portal milling machines

Another highlight was a pavilion organized by German moldmaking association VDWF that showcased a nice display of the country's mold building capabilities. 

This event emphasized the 'community' feeling of our industry back home. It's nice to see that feeling crosses borders. The next Moulding Expo is scheduled to return to Stuttgart, Germany in May 2017.

Show organizers have compiled the best moments of this inaugural event for everyone who wasn't there. See all the photos here

WEBINAR:The Evolution of Pre-Hardened Mold Steels

By: Christina M. Fuges 14. May 2015

Mold material selection has been a hot topic this year. MMT has hosted webinars, published articles and even secured speakers for the upcoming Amerimold Expo on the subject. 

Our next mold material webinar will take a look at global advances in pre-hardened mold steels on Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00PM EST. International Mold Steel will review the evolution of pre-hardened mold steels from past to present, discussing the differences and advantages among pre-hardened materials.

Attendess will learn how choosing the right material can lower the cost of a mold, how to take advantage of using a pre-hard material versus a harden-able material, how Europe and Asia have evolved in different directions and how the United States began Euro-centric and has evolved into a globalized view.

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MMT's May Digital Edition Is Now Available

By: Christina M. Fuges 12. May 2015

This month we look at how simulation of both the induction heating and injection molding processes can optimize cycle time and final part results; how normal vectors are not always the best choice for milling complex mold surfaces; how hard-coating provides benefits that make aluminum tooling an attractive alternative to steel, how tool center point management streamlines five-axis programming and setup, and much more.

Other topics include: social media, cost management, profile of Superior Tooling, a software case study, a repair case study, Pellet to Part (P2P) on mold cooling, speical Amerimold Expo Exhibitor Product Focus, MoldMaking Business Index, Automotive/Transportation and Consumer Products end market reports and our tip on 3D machining with demo video.

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Additive Manufacturing May Digital Edition Is Ready

By: Christina M. Fuges 8. May 2015

This month's edition of MoldMaking Technology's Additive Manufacturing Supplement takes a look at the first winner of a major award for additive manufacturing who developed a head for adding metal AM to a machine tool. The victory highlights the significance of combining processes into a single machine. We also take a look at a learn-as-you-go approach to AM that helped one custom molder to grow its 3D printing capabilities. 
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