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Maintenance Matters: Cultivating Craftsmanship
Toolroom managers need to help repair technicians become skilled mold troubleshooters and craftsmen rather than tooling replacers and cleaners.

Throwback Thursday: Codes of Conduct
Culture is a topic that comes up a lot in conversations among mold builders, so I felt this throwback to an article on the communication/teamwork chasm was worth a second look.

Amerimold 2017: Plastics Exhibitors Promoted Products, Too
Amerimold had it all this year—or should I say it had MORE than ever before. While metalworking tools, materials and systems reigned supreme, the plastics side of the equation was also well represented.

SLIDESHOW: Amerimold Technology Showcase
We’re in the home stretch! Amerimold 2017 opens this week, and promises to be exciting, motivating and, of course, loaded with opportunities to learn, make connections and have fun with mold-industry colleagues.

MoldTrax MTSQ cloud-based maintenance tracking system

Cloud-Based Maintenance Tracking Can Boost Mold Performance
The MTSQ cloud-based maintenance tracking system from MoldTrax is designed to give users easy access to data that can be used to improve mold and die performance.

Maintenance Matters: Got Flash? Shim it!
In some cases, shimming is the most cost-effective, short-term method for adding a bit of steel right where its needed to get through a critical production run.

Maintenance Matters: Metrics for Assessing Maintenance Skills
Since the job description, qualifications, direction and goals may not be so clear, assessing a repair technician’s value can be confusing. Objective, tangible metrics are a must.

Motivating Skilled Toolroom Craftsmen
Steve Johnson, president of MoldTrax, has a lot to say about mold maintenance. So much so, that we could not fit it all into his February "Maintenance Matters" column. Here are some extra pointers that didn't make the cut, but are just as important.

TBT: Building a Better Mold
A look at mold performance and maintenance issues through a few simple reports in the right sequence will allow you to drill down into what the issues are really costing you.

Maintenance Matters: It's the Manager's Fault
Improving worker engagement starts with leadership at the manager level or, in our case, the toolroom manager.

Throwback Thursday: The Black Art
With my mold maintenance champion returning to the pages of MMT next month with his new "Maintenance Matters" series, I thought I'd revisit the start of his original series with us back in 2004.

SLIDESHOW: Technology Showcase, Mold Maintenance, Repair and Surface Treatment
If you've been searching for solutions to help your molds run as optimally as possible, this slideshow is for you.

Throwback Thursday: Defining the Data Barrier
How to best organize data responsibilities in a maintenance system.

Mold Maintenance Software Now in Cloud Platform
Designed for tracking the performance and maintenance of molds and dies, MoldTrax software is now available in a cloud-based platform, enabling maintenance managers and technicians to more easily report, store and access critical data through virtually any internet-connected device.

Do Scheduled PMs Really Work?
True preventive maintenance lies in accurately monitoring and counting issues and corrective actions over time.

Throwback Thursday: Setting Up Shop [for Proper Mold Maintenance]
It can’t be said enough how important proper, systemized mold maintenance is to the overall productivity of molds.

Getting Started with Hot Runner Maintenance
Developing basic cleaning and repair skills among in-house technicians should be the goal of every shop that runs hot runner systems.

Common Sense Innovation and Moldmaker Collaboration
As I walked the aisles of NPE last month, taking in all the plastics-related technologies and solutions on display, two obvious trends emerged: logical innovation and moldmaker collaboration.

Case Study: Mold Maintenance & Repair
Certified Mold Maintenance System Completes Service Offerings


To Rail or Not to Rail
One of the most interesting parts of performing a maintenance capability assessment (MCA) in mold plants around the globe is observing the different styles practiced when repair technicians work on molds. When talking to repair techs about why they like a particular method or tool it is easy to see why they would think there is only one way to do things. It’s simply how they were taught by the older, tenured repair technicians.

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