Ready to Ignite


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The AMBA's second day of conferencing kicked off by igniting the minds of the audience with a panel of 13 mold shops each sharing one critical challenge and solution.
1. Rexam Mold Manufacturing: applying automation--the Mega Cell
2. CS Tool: Apprentice training with their shop "flavor"
3. Creative Blow Mold: Diversification of customer base; hired full-time sales person; increased market
intelligence and market touches
4. Dramco Tool Co: Controlling usage cost and inventory of shop supplies (controlling costs of perishable tooling); vending machine style cabinet

5. Mold Craft: Better leaders by design; hired outside consultant to help develop leaders and one-page business plan

6. MSI Mold Builders: Creating an engaged company culture

7. Ameritech: Managing the escalating cost of healthcare insurance; promoting HSAs

8. Freeman Mfg.: Implementing standardization

9. Craftsman Tool: Managing growth. Brought in sales consultant and software/programming with training that will not let you fail; shifted power philosphy to employees

10. Superior Tool: Technology investment: machine monitoring, five-axis machining, robotic cells, etc. calls for training;

11. M.R. Mold: Improve productivity with delegation and accountability methods in place.

12. A1Tool: How and where to find good people to train--back to the basics. Establishing relationships with community.

13. Mako Mold: Contract terms and startegies for effective negotiation. AMBA legal assistance program.
Look for convention recap in upcoming MoldMaking Technology issues.