Meet Me at amerimold

Well, not just me, but the MMT staff, too, as well as fellow moldmakers, molders, OEMs and technology suppliers who are all meeting up in Michigan with one thing in common: molds.

On June 11-12, at the Suburbarn Collection Show-place in Novi, Mich., the 16th annual amerimold expo will take place. This year’s event is home to an Exhibit Hall full of the software, additive manufacturing,  machine tools, cutting tools, materials, components, hot runners, inspection/measurement, surface treatment, and mold maintenance and repair technologies and services that today’s mold builders need to thrive in this competitive marketplace. (See pages 58-69 for technology highlights.)

Our Knowledge Center showfloor presentations are returning this year to provide continuing education on current technologies and successful applications. Topics include Mold Design Reimagined; Avoiding Unrealistic Expectations when Implementing Simultaneous Five-Axis; Material Properties and Welding Guidelines for Aluminum Mold Alloys; 3D Printing Offers a Giant Step for Short-Run Injection Molds; and more.

After a successful launch last year, we are committed to our Engineer, Build, Maintain technical conference format, but with a program full of new topics and participants. The surge in automotive manufacturing and reshoring has shone a spotlight on current pain points of mold builders and buyers when it comes to ensuring the productivity of a program launch. Owners and tooling engineers need to solve problems (early and often), guarantee product releases, hit cycle times and make consistent quality parts. This entails engineering a more efficient mold, building a better business and proactively maintaining molds rather than repairing them. Because OEMs and Tier One suppliers are employing fewer technical engineers, they are more reliant on their supply chain for expertise. 

The conference will focus on strategies to de-risk launches through part/mold simulation, additive manufacturing, conformal cooling and troubleshooting during tool validation; building a better business and workforce through technology deployment; training development and industry involvement; and putting a proactive plan in place and advancing team skills to develop maintenance and decrease repair costs.

Last but not least, we will host our networking party, unveil our 2014 “Top 10 Reasons to Be a Moldmaker” t-shirts and celebrate this year’s Leadtime Leader Awards, sponsored by Progressive Components. You can see full event details at amerimoldexpo.com.