Throwback Thursday: Defining the Data Barrier

How to best organize data responsibilities in a maintenance system.


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How proactive are you with mold maintenance and repair?


Are you in reactionary mode when it comes to mold maintenance and repair? Are your customers asking you to perform miracles with troublesome molds that tend to rack up a lot of downtime? Can you look back into your files and find comprehensive data about every mold you build and/or repair and use that data to speed maintenance actions and optimize mold performance?

Mold maintenance expert Steve Johnson, president of MoldTrax and formerly of ToolingDocs, offers up many valuable tips that can help moldmakers become more efficient and even systematized in their approach to mold maintenance and repair processes. This TBT article was written by Steve for MMT’s August 2005 issue and is part one of a three part series. Access his article here.

I’ll post future blogs highlighting parts two and three of this series, but these articles can also be found on moldmakingtechnology.com by simply searching for Steve’s many editorial contributions. You might also want to read our annual Mold Maintenance Supplement here.


  • Cleaning Intricate Molds

    A look at non-destructive cleaning processes for complex molds that require the removal of tenacious surface contamination to ensure surface quality and longevity of precision mold and molded part surfaces.

  • Mold Cleaning Done Right Takes a Systematic Approach

    Mold cleaning is just one part of a systematic and comprehensive approach to mold maintenance. Here’s one moldmaker’s strategy for injection mold cleaning and an explanation of where and why different techniques are employed.

  • Process Produces Anti-Adhesion Coating Directly in the Mold

    A new plasma coating displaces chemical release agents or durable coatings in injection molding and regenerates inside the mold.