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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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The integration of information technology (IT) for data-centric computing with operational technology for monitoring and adjusting events, processes and devices throughout a mold shop presents cybersecurity concerns. However, many mold shops today still do not take any measures to secure their data, despite all the intellectual property (IP) represented in the manufacturing and simulation data a mold builder uses to design and manufacture tooling. Here is a recommended path a mold builder should follow to address cybersecurity properly.

A mold builder should first properly plan its network infrastructure, determine the components to hook up and identify the locations that require perimeter security. Networks are incredibly quick and easy to set up, but without proper planning, so-called "flat networks" are created that give equal permission to all components that comprise the network.

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The start of any good product is the raw material, and that’s what voestalpine is all about. Known in moldmaking circles for its Bohler and Uddeholm brands with their tool steel product lines, voestalpine has also invested in the additive arena with its AM tooling powder development, and why not? The company knows the tooling marketplace and can provide its material in wire, billet, block or round bar form. By providing custom-designed materials for additive manufacturing (AM), the company wants to bring new potential for specific tooling applications with productivity benefits that exceed those of generic “me too” powders. However, using the right material for the application is just one part of successful additive manufacturing.

AM Material Aspects

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Noteworthy News: Growth Spurts

 

Are you keeping an eye on growing businesses within the moldmaking community? From new facilities dedicated to automation, training and distribution to new hires eager to tackle building relationships through providing excellent customer service, the industry innovators below are growing all across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Brian Dippel, operations manager: X-Cell has completed the internal audit and stage l of the AS9100D implementation process. Stage ll of the audit was completed in November and has enabled X-Cell to incorporate the AS9100D aerospace quality standard. With the actual certification on the horizon, X-Cell has already received P.O.’s from a new customer. We are working together to develop this new relationship, and the AS9100D efforts are supporting us through the process.

With the purchase of a second five-axis Yasda, combined with the requirements for the new standard, come tighter procedures for lot traceability, inspection documentation, documentation for material handling, material certifications, required job training for individuals X-Cell will be in a strategic position to take on the stringent requirements of aerospace work.

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