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Cybersecurity continues to be a critical issue for manufacturers, and after touring Paragon D&E—a full-service tooling and machining company in Grand Rapids, MI—a while back, I knew they had things in order. So, I reached out to President David Muir to see how they handle cyber threats.

MoldMaking Technology (MMT): Why is it important for Paragon (and any mold builder) to have a solid handle on cybersecurity?

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By: Heather Wintle 6/21/2019

Amerimold 2019 Product Showcase, Part 12

Amerimold is the Event for Mold Manufacturing, an annual tradeshow that addresses the business development, best practices and networking interests of the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry, and even though the event is done for 2019, you can still take a look at all the products from the show’s extensive list of exhibitors.

Here are a few highlighted products from this year’s show:

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After all the preparation and then execution of trade show strategies, there is still work to be done to make your trade show investment pay off.

Follow-up after a trade show can be difficult, and it does not have to be a huge show to make a company feel a bit overwhelmed as to how it will now work to turn all those valuable leads into sales. Following are a few tips that can help make the task much easier, or at least provide more confidence for the team members who will be making those follow-up calls. The first two tips are recommended for during Amerimold while the rest are post-show strategies.

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Mold builders know that all too often, our business is feast-or-famine. Within the time it takes to open one’s inbox, a single P.O. can have a business go from needing work to “How are we going to handle all of this?” Meanwhile, skilled labor is expensive to maintain during slow times and hard to find in busy times.

To contend with these conditions, mold builders are further turning towards component standardization. Adopting standards offers off-the-shelf parts availability during busy times and no overhead costs when there is a break in the action.

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Like many shops Rockford, Michigan-based Byrne Tool + Design entered the world of 3D printing with an FDM machine, a Stratasys Fortus 250 MC to be exact, to produce prototype parts for its customers, to build fixtures and nests to aid the manufacturing process and to reverse engineer damaged parts and quickly print new ones.

Cost and lead time reduction for one of Byrne Tool + Design’s larger customers was the impetus for bringing more additive manufacturing (AM) technology in house, namely a Stratasys Polyjet J750 color printer to print molds that can run the actual part material. “We wanted everything in house to maintain control of the entire process,” says Marc Mitchell, Byrne Design Center manager. “No more waiting around for a quote or sending the work to outside vendors.”

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