MMT Blog

The value of the American dollar needs more attention. Sure, President Trump tweets about it (along with interest rates) from time to time, but what does that conversation mean to our manufacturing community?

It means plenty. If the dollar is overly strong — as it has been for most of the past 20 years — it can dampen U.S. exports and make imports cheaper in the American market. We’ve seen those trends reflected in the data; the U.S. share of global exports has dropped over the past two decades, and import penetration into American markets has increased. That means American manufacturers aren’t selling as much as we should abroad and face more import competition than we should be here at home.

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MoldMaking Technology’s Products section highlights equipment, software, components, services and other mold-specific innovations, maintaining a comprehensive list of products submitted from supplier companies. While our print issues can only fit a certain number of products each month, you can find many more here on our site, divided into convenient Zones based on your specific needs. 

As 2019 draws to an end, we’re stepping back to look through some of the most viewed products that YOU, our readers, have taken a glance at from MMT’s product archives. This list is compiled of products from many of our Zones, from mold materials designed for wear resistance, components used to deliver quality end products and to cutting tools that provide high-quality finishing operations. Take a look and decide if any of the following products can be used to bring your business success in 2020.

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Carl Jacobsen, tooling engineer/estimator: Our company added a quality lab four years ago. Anytime you're building a part for the customer, you want to be able to make sure that your steel matches your design file and be able to document it. If there are adjustments or windage that must be added to a part due to differential shrinkage, again, document where you started from and where you ended up on the steel measurements. By having a dedicated Zeiss Duramax coordinate measuring machine (CMM) in a quality lab, it allows us to keep this inspection process off the shop floor. We have another CMM, also a Zeiss Duramax, that is integrated in our electrode cell. In order to use it for anything else, we would have to break into the cell, pausing anything that may be going on at that time, which is undesirable. The company made a considerable investment to build this room, which is temperature controlled, and then they filled it full of inspection tools, including a Micro-Vu Sol 161 Manual Vision Measurement machine, so now we have a dedicated quality lab where we can do final inspections and record those critical numbers. For a company of our size, it is one of the nicest labs I've seen in the area. Our general manager, who is extremely talented in quality management, oversees the lab, plus we have three moldmakers who are trained on running the CMM. We want a fresh set of eyes on every project. Sometimes you can be too close to it and miss things. By having others who can inspect it for you who have not worked on the job, they will detect any issues.

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Noteworthy News: Weekly Wrap-Up

There’s always something interesting going on in the moldmaking industry. See the recent news releases below to see current happenings for this week!

Do you have company news you want to share with the moldmaking industry? Check out MoldMaking Technology’s Editorial Guidelines for Press Releases to find out how you can submit yours today!

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