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By: Heather Wintle 5. June 2019

Amerimold 2019 Product Showcase, Part 9

Plan ahead for Amerimold 2019 with a sneak peek of some highlighted products from the show’s extensive list of exhibitors!

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. Attendees are owners, executives, engineers and managers at OEMs and contract manufacturers. Register today for the chance to experience informational Tech Talks, In-Booth Presentations and two new workshops focusing on Additive Manufacturing for Plastics and Medical Injection Molding.

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Do make it a point to swing by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division’s (MTD) booth 311 while you are attending the Amerimold Expo. This division of SPE is all about fostering growth in the mold building and engineering profession by encouraging the training of mold builders at the apprentice level, supporting the continuing development of established mold builders, and by gathering and exchanging information on materials and mold performance.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to get involved as a member or active board member.  Stop by Booth 311 during Amerimold to speak with a board member to find out what this Division offers.

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Mold maintenance and repair is a team effort. It involves communication and collaboration among suppliers, mold manufacturers and customers to ensure that the appropriate people, technologies and processes are put in place to keep a mold running. It is critical that this aspect of the mold manufacturing process not be undervalued, and oftentimes it is. Many shops continue to express their frustration with the lack of the right people, technologies and processes to properly maintain and repair molds.   

That is the motivation behind Tool Shop Live! at Amerimold next week. 

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X-Cell Tool and Mold Inc. made investments in newer technologies and robotics a key aspect of its fundamental growth strategy, and it has paid off. The company has seen a significant boost in shop-floor efficiencies and an increase in the number of molds built annually. In addition, those molds have also grown in cavitation and complexity — but they are delivered in the same timeframe as smaller, less complex molds they build. These achievements and more helped X-Cell Tool and Mold earn Leadtime Leader honors for 2019.

X-Cell Tool and Mold makes its home in Fairview, Pennsylvania. The company had its beginnings with current owner Ron Novel and his partner in a small, 800-square-foot rented space in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1996. “We decided to strike out on our own by starting a tool shop and making injection mold components and, eventually, complete molds,” Novel says. It wasn’t long before the company outgrew that space and moved into a larger facility in Erie where the X-Cell team worked hard to achieve customer satisfaction. Soon after, they rented a second facility, and in 2002, the decision was made to buy a building large enough to bring both operations together under one roof. Things went along well for a short time until the industry went into a tailspin due to a bad economy. Like so many other mold manufacturers, X-Cell struggled to stay in business and had to lay off some employees. Novel bought out his partner and began to focus on ways to rebuild by making new connections and marketing the company’s capabilities.

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This year’s competition for the title was fierce, requiring a second round of review by our anonymous panel of OEM, molder and consultant judges. Each finalist was scored on performance in lead time and deliveries, investment in technology, innovation in business strategy, manufacturing efficiency, commitment to workforce training and development, industry involvement and customer satisfaction. It was a very close race among the scores of the top three, but X-Cell reigned supreme in the end. 

X-Cell has a complete outlook on being a Leadtime Leader—from its “no snowflake” mantra, investment in technology to industry partnerships to its eye on design, apprenticeship efforts and continued expansion; they are on the continued path to success.

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