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By: Heather Wintle 31. May 2019

Amerimold 2019 Product Showcase, Part 8

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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Earlier this year, Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing (Windsor, Ontario) President Brian Bendig set out to do a favor for his uncle, Ed Bendig, and a group of Ed’s friends, all of whom are long-retired moldmakers, and host a tour of the Cavalier shop. The experience was eye-opening, to say the least, and according to Tim Galbraith, sales manager, it was truly “an historic event.”

“I literally found out about the tour five minutes before the gentlemen arrived at the shop,” Galbraith says, explaining that Bendig mentioned that his uncle was bringing a few alumni of International Tool Ltd. (ITL), one of the original moldmaking companies established in Windsor “and by far the biggest” in its heyday, to see a modern moldmaking operation. “It was family, so he did not think about how special it really was to have them here. But they have been retired for about 30 years, and so much has changed. Think about it. So much has happened in 30 years so that it’s literally like Alexander Graham Bell seeing a cell phone.”

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Ever wonder what the most indispensable tool in the shop is or what the worst excuse for not getting a job done has ever been? Or how about the most idiotic thing an apprentice has done or the most absurd customer request ever received? 

Well, the answers to these and six other questions will be part of our Family Feud “Amerimold style” game. All we need you to do to make this fun happen is take this quick survey today

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By: Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP 30. May 2019

Do a Technology Risk Assessment to Protect Your Shop

State-sponsored hackers, ransomware agents, corporate spies and corporate espionage campaigns are attacking today’s manufacturing technology environments. In most cases, the bad actors never announce themselves. They gain unauthorized access to systems through well-hidden malware, quietly sitting on network devices, watching and recording traffic, data and information to steal or provide them a competitive advantage. In some cases, systems are being used to stage attacks on other organizations or store data for future use. How can a mold shop protect itself from becoming a victim?

With the ever-evolving and diverse range of technology within today’s mold shops, threats to your information are already in place or can be introduced at any time. Executives and company leaders must consider the implications of technology reliance on the organization. They must ensure their organization and customer data is protected and stays confidential, with the integrity intact, while also remaining accessible within the organization.

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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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