Steve Johnson and Glenn Keith of Mold Trax have been longtime supporters and contributors to MMT on everything mold maintenance (you can check out the latest 3-part series as well as the Maintenance Matters and Across the Bench series of content that provides valuable information on a topic that gets searched a lot on MMT’s site). In this hour-long virtual workshop, they break down one important component of continuous improvement: Documentation Strategy.
The goal is to provide viewers a better understanding of how their toolrooms are doing when it comes to their mold maintenance documentation by walking you through a “scorecard” that tests your maintenance 4.0 status. This scorecard then becomes your action plan to get started with improving your score. And, Mold Trax is here to help.
“In any mold performance and shop efficiency improvement initiative, there must be a plan of action. Attempting to do a better job of collecting data is futile without an implementation/action plan to determine data input responsibilities,” Johnson says.
His first step is to get your team to speak the same language by creating standard terms for Mold Stop Reasons, Defects, Corrective Actions and Tooling. Once these are created, you must work with your IT, CMMS or Work Order system provider to get these terms into your system via drop-down boxes. The drop-down boxes are critical to limit the amount of journal entries, and to ensure measurable data.
Standardization of shop practices must go beyond the hands-on techniques that we learn at a bench. It must also include our documentation methods and how we interact with data to understand where our opportunity lies for improvement.
A look at how taking the time and data to analyze a mold problem will help you repair it right—and permanently—the first time.
Tool steel refers to a variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well-suited to be made into tools, however, special attention needs to be paid during their heat treatment so as to achieve the best properties for a given application.
Even though hand cleaning will never be completely eliminated, ice blasting is an alternative cleaning method that can effectively reduce cleaning time and cost.