News and Reviews from Industry Organizations, June 2019

News and reviews from the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) and Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), and The Mold Technologies Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).
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American Mold Builders Association (AMBA)


With a theme of Strategies. Executed., the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) produced another successful annual conference with a day-and-a-half of leadership-focused presentations, as well as breakout discussion groups on both business issues and technology trends like human resources, operations and processing, sales and marketing, tariffs/trade, finance, diversification strategies, scheduling/ERP and workforce development.

However, the real focus of this annual conference is the lineup of energizing keynotes. This year the opening keynote presenter was Chris McChesney of Franklin Covey who really hit home. He demonstrated how the four disciplines of execution (focus, leverage, engagement and accountability) can be used to manage the whirlwind of urgent, day to day activities without devouring the time needed today to successfully execute tomorrow’s major initiatives.

Another presenter, Kirk Weisler, explained the difference between culture building and team building. He taught attendees how to build a more engaged and positive culture. The final keynote who ended the event on a high note was General (ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal. He used field-tested leadership lessons to stress a uniquely inclusive model of leadership that focuses on building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results. Other highlights of the event included two highly regarded AMBA Awards: Mold Builder of the Year and Tooling Trailblazer of the Year. Rick Finnie of M R Mold & Engineering of Brea, California was named Mold Builder of the Year, and Century Die Company was named the Tooling Trailblazer of the Year for its Mold Maker Professional for a Day job shadowing and Green Box Derby initiatives, involvement on local workforce and education committees, and other efforts. For more information, visit the AMBA website.


Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

CAMM has completed the integration of Automate Canada, which will operate as a separate arm within CAMM while also being affiliated with the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA). Automate Canada, a national, not-for-profit association representing a cluster of companies specializing in automated manufacturing solutions, was formed in December 2018 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Mike Bilton of Windsor Mold Group is co-chairman of CAMM and emphasizes how unique Automate Canada is. “CAMM is proud to join Automate Canada to represent member companies who work in this highly technical, advanced automation and manufacturing sector,” he says. “This is the first organization of its kind that lends itself as the last pillar of a fully integrated supply chain. Automate/CAMM and APMA collaboratively cover more than 90 percent of the automotive supply chain from top to bottom, so the need is there, and the timing is right because the sheer magnitude of the automotive supply chain, and the value added benefits of integrated tooling and equipment (automation) suppliers to service the end user is at its highest. In this instance, by way of a positive supplier/customer satisfaction index, the whole is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. CAMM and Automate bring a healthy balance of solutions that are in ultra-high demand for right now, and for the future.”

CAMM-APMA Annual Conference is being held this month in downtown Windsor, Ontario. This year’s conference is packed with all the latest, most relevant information for the automotive industry, including several key executive presentations from Honda of America Manufacturing, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development, Volkswagen and Linamar. “CAMM continues to undertake measures to provide its members and local affiliates with much-needed transferable knowledge, business networking forums, trade shows and funding opportunities to keep abreast of today’s ebb and flow in the global, plastic injection mold industry,” Bilton says. Visit the CAMM website for more information about membership, events and more.

The Mold Technologies Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

The SPE Mold Technologies Division recently completed a very successful ANTEC Conference in Detroit, Michigan, hosting its own, individual session of technical paper presentations as well as collaborating with the SPE Injection Molding Division to hold a joint session. In addition to Keynote Speaker Matt Melonio, president of Providence Texture, who discussed the latest laser technologies for the mold industry, presentations focused on a variety of topics, including the use of surface coatings for molding thin-wall parts, additive manufacturing methods for producing conformally-cooled molds, melt-flow analysis, mold venting and inversed cooling channel design for injection molds. In the joint session, presentations covered the Industry 4.0, getting plastic part design right the first time, additive manufacturing of Smart Materials as a complement to injection molding, addressing cost at the design stage and more. 

The SPE Mold Technologies Division will be exhibiting at Amerimold this month. Look for them in booth #311 near the Tech Talk Theater, and join them there on Thursday when they announce the 2019 Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year honorees. The Division is also looking to host an industry event or two later this year. Details will be shared as they become available on the Division’s website: mtd.4spe.org/.