A Blueprint for Die-Mold Shop Automation

An increasing number of mold and die makers are considering automation to get better utilization of their equipment and skilled people. While it will take good planning and execution, there is a manageable path to automation that will bring efficiencies to tool shops in ways hardly imaginable only a few years ago.

Surface Treatment

Gas-Heated Furnace Optimizes Mold Preheating

Grieve’s furnace heats up to 2000°F(~1093.3°C) and 7-inch-thick floor and wall installation enable consistent heating. 

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Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.

Why Multitasking?

Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.

Additive Manufacturing for Production

3D printing may have started out as a rapid prototyping technique, but the machines and materials have matured to the point that production is not only viable, but desirable. Learn the basics of additive manufacturing for production applications.

Practical Approaches to Automation

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

Workforce Development

MoldMaking Technology is Returning with 30-Under-30 Honors Program

MoldMaking Technology brings back its 30-Under-30 Honors program, which was developed to help recognize the influx of young talent making a difference in the moldmaking community.

Cutting Tools

Through-Coolant and ER-Style Saw Arbors Advance Productivity

RobbJack unveils the the through-coolant slitting saw arbor and ER-style collet integrated saw arbor, which advance productivity and common saw failures.

Business Strategy

MMT Chats: Applying Bench Lessons to the Business of Moldmaking

For this MMT Chat, my guest is Mark Gauvain, one of MMT’s newer Editorial Advisory Board members who has plenty to share as he recently made the move from working for some big manufacturers to working for himself as a consultant to moldmakers and molders on procurement and technology investment strategies.
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Superior Die Set, Tool Planners Partnership Enables More Consistent Quoting

As sole distributor of Tool Planner’s DieEstimator die cost estimating software, Superior Die Set customers will have more consistent quoting and accurate pricing. 


Sodick/Plustech Launches "Sodick and Friends" Virtual Webinar

Precision injection molding machine manufacturer, Sodick, is hosting a range of topics in its virtual webinar series to optimize your processes and better your manufacturing operations. 


Mazak Takes Shops to the Next Level with Progressive Learning Program

Both online or in-person classes are available on MAZATROL conversational programming, machine maintenance and troubleshooting. 


Inspection & Measurement

Testing and Acceptance Service Offers Real-Time, Remote Manufacturing Capabilities

Customers can participate in live testing, review and acceptance of their machines/gauges/applications without having to travel, thanks this latest Marposs service.

Business Strategy

MMT Chats: MoldMaking Index Sheds Light on Recovery Trends

Gardner Intelligence Chief Economist Michael Guckes shares insight on the rise caused by slowing delivery speeds of input goods to manufacturers; the ways large and small shops are fairing and the value of a diversification strategy.

MMT Chats: Austrian Mold Builder Talks Reusable Masks, Motivation and Digital Molds

MoldMaking Technology’s Christina Fuges chats with some of the Haidlmair team—CEO Mario Haidlmair, Head of Corporate Communications Peter Peschl (Austria) and COO/Sales for Haidlmair NA Angelo Morra (Canada)—about a reusable mask project to help fight COVID-19 as well as the role of digital molds today.

Cutting Tools

DrillForce-Meister Tackles Large Diameter Flat Bottom Hole Drilling

Tungaloy’s exchangeable head drill series adds SMF-style flat head drill tips for more efficient holemaking ranging from 20.0 mm to 40.0 mm in diameter.

Cutting Tools

Turbo 16 Square Shoulder Cutter Focuses on Secure Processes, Longer Tool Life

The Seco Tools Turbo 16 cutter can boost tool life by up to 130%, offers flexible range and applications and features Data Matrix tags.

Cutting Tools

Sensory Toolholder Monitors Machining Processes at the Tool

The Schunk iTENDO sensory toolholder seamlessly records the metal cutting process, monitors previously defined exact limit values and enables real-time adaptive control.


Upcoming MoldTrax Certification Courses Offer In-Depth Training, Improved Practices

Sessions running Nov. 17-20, 2020 and Dec. 1-4, 2020, cover mold and hot runner maintenance and repair training.  


New Spin-Off Company Brings Molding, Hot Runner and Flow Simulation to Plastics Industry

The spin-off as Root Industrial Sales will enable both firms to thrive while giving clarity as to what each company represents. 


Mitutoyo Hosts Live Virtual Trade Show October 2020

The live virtual event will give attendees the opportunity to participate in keynote sessions, live presentations, new product and service demonstrations and virtual chats.