MMT Chats: Small Diversified Shop Is Part of a One-Million-Part COVID-19 Project
The 10-person team at Trifecta Tool & Engineering in Kettering, Ohio, had all hands on deck to build a mold for face shield headbands in 8 days (typical build would be 4 weeks).
According to Bret West, one of Trifecta Tool & Engineering’s owners and the shop’s engineering/sales manager, they were “not trying to break any speed records with this tool, they were just trying to get the part done.” Like many mold builders this year, Trifecta had all hands on deck to take on urgent projects in the fight against the coronavirus.
West also shares his insight on speed, reshoring, skilled labor, technology investment, simulation, sales and support.
Click above to watch this quick MMT Chat.
The Trifecta team also built molds for this oxygen valving component for medical equipment.
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.
It’s always been about community and connection for me when it comes to MoldMaking Technology, but this has taken on a whole new meaning with the current state of affairs. However, I see opportunity—and a chance for us to provide more value to the industry.
Mold manufacturers who have been critiqued for slow lead times, as compared to the overseas competition, are proving to themselves and customers during COVID-19 that North American mold manufacturers and suppliers can unite and do things at an extraordinary speed.