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Today is Manufacturing Day, a special day set aside the first Friday in October to celebrate the importance of manufacturing in North America and its many contributions. According to mfgday.com, the official website of Manufacturing Day, there are more than 1,660 Manufacturing Day events planned in the United States alone, and that does not count companies that host events without registering them.

How is Manufacturing Day celebrated? There are a number of ways, but one of the best—and a way many mold manufacturing companies do it—is by inviting students, teachers, parents and others in the community to tour their facilities and learn what modern manufacturing is today. They are also educated about the many rewarding career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Seeing is believing.

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Profitability impacts everyone in the mold supply chain because the mold builder, molder and OEM must consider both mold cost and cost per part, which is highly dependent on mold complexity. The challenge is finding the most creative solution to meet requirements at the lowest overall cost for the mold builder, molder and OEM. Hydraulic locking cylinders can provide a solution.

Mold builders can easily produce right-sized simple molds because part size fundamentally defines mold size. Complex molds, however, often push the limits of design creativity with demanding part quality and larger side-action footprints. Higher quality demands better-performing fits to maintain part dimensionality, and complexity often makes action design more expansive for relatively small parts. When you increase both mold and machine size, you get higher mold costs, slower process speeds and higher costs per part.

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By: Heather Wintle 10/3/2019

Tech Trends: K 2019 Sneak Peek, Part 4

As the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and rubber, K 2019 has many exciting things for attendees to see and learn about. This event, to be held October 16-23 in Dusseldorf, Germany, will not only have hot topics covering key industry themes and special shows and discussions dedicated to trend-setting developments and innovations, but it will also be host to exhibitors from around the globe.

If you want to prepare for this year’s show, then it helps to keep up to date on the types of products you’ll be seeing at K 2019. Here’s just a quick sneak peek at some of products exhibitors will be displaying in their booths.

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Commercial Tool & Die (CTD) deemed a recently acquired portal milling machine an ideal solution for the large-section automotive and truck molds this injection and compression mold builder produces, but this was not a purchase-and-place investment scenario.

As CTD Plant Manager Darin Hall explains, “We saw great potential in the FZ40 Compact portal milling machine from Zimmermann after encountering it at an IMTS event in Chicago, but there were certain modifications that we required on the machine.”  

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