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Recent trade show events like Amerimold and IMTS 2018 have put a spotlight on Zimmermann Inc.’s Compact Series of milling machines, including its FZ40 Compact and even the much anticipated FZU Compact. Now there is one more milling machine added to the company’s line, and that is the FZ33 Compact five-axis portal milling machine, which it spotlighted at its newly expanded Wixom, Michigan, facility last week.

Zimmermann pulled out all the stops at this first-ever open house in Wixom, with specially catered fare (including some German favorites), and evening entertainment the first day of the event, in addition to a live demonstration of the FZ33c and supplier partners exhibiting their products and services.

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2019 Sourcing Guide: Mold Maintenance, Repair & Surface Treatment

MoldMaking Technology’s online database offers more than 1,000 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers for more than 200 product and service categories that you employ daily. To keep this information current, MoldMaking Technology surveys and updates its supplier database every spring with the latest company contact information and product/service offerings.

This month’s Technology Review and Sourcing Guide includes a portion of that database listed in sourcing grids tailored to match suppliers with their respective product/service offerings along with a sample of product releases that the magazine featured throughout the year. These are the 40 companies from the July 2019 mold maintenance, repair and surface treatment section:

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Three-dimensional runner mesh technology simulates filling behavior and temperature variation inside the runner, which helps analyze uneven temperature distribution that shear heating and multi-cavity mold-flow imbalance induces. The mesh quality is essential for generating an accurate simulation.

Designers using simulation software used to prepare the 1D pass curve with a 2D cross-section mesh and then create 3D runner mesh through sweep or other tools for solid mesh generation. For simpler runner designs, the software advancements of today enable designers to semi-automatically generate 3D runner mesh with wire frames and runner parameters like the diameter. These tools are essential in mold-filling simulation and will significantly affect the analysis results.

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By: Heather Wintle 7/30/2019

Amerimold 2019 Highlights: That's A Wrap!

Amerimold is a unique resource for the moldmaking industry. Now in its 20th year, we can honestly say that it is an event that continuously evolves and brings many valuable takeaways for those who choose to capitalize on the opportunity to participate. 

Amerimold builds community. Amerimold educates. Amerimold fosters connections. Amerimold is fun! 

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Every new technology has a learning curve. For example, properly implementing CAM software poses challenges. When the implementation is done improperly, it can hinder a shop from moving forward technologically. If unable to navigate the implementation, the shop owner faces potential stagnation by staying with existing technology. These challenges are more prevalent in small and medium-sized shops that may not have the formal business processes and labor support to manage the transition to new technology easily. However, shops can overcome these challenges.

New software technology implementation requires management support, out-of-pocket costs and labor planning. The shop should manage and track this implementation as another project, requiring labor and machine allocation. In the short term, a loss of billable time from the machine tool is possible. The owner should only move forward with new software implementation if he or she can realize a return on investment over a defined period. Large capital investment may require a return that is measured in a few months or as long as a few years. Smaller items or more focused productivity improvements can sometimes generate ROI over one subsequent project.

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