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An injection-molded part is only as good as the mold that produces it. If a mold prematurely fails during production, it’s not only bad news for the molder who loses valuable production time — and possibly even a customer — but especially for the moldmaker, who promises his customers a long service life, fast injection cycles and clean surfaces.

If damage to the injection mold occurs before it reaches the required service, the material is usually suspected. “Customers only contact us when a tool fails and unfortunately, less often when it comes to initial material selection, optimum heat treatment or tool design,” Dr. Alf Schürmann from Voestalpine High Performance Metals Germany GmbH, member of the Böhler Technology Team around Dr. Ingrid Jung says. “If it comes to tool failure due to inappropriate steel grades, typically the moldmaker has either chosen the wrong steel or accidentally grabbed the wrong blank from the shelf.”

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By: Heather Wintle 9/17/2019

Noteworthy News: Helping Hands

Noteworthy News: Helping Hands

As we hear so often in moldmaking, building relationships is one of the keys to an individual’s — or a business’s — success. So, here’s a look at some recent new releases detailing partnerships within the industry!

 

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The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking expanded during July, registering 50.6 thanks to an uptick in supplier deliveries. Index readings above 50 indicate expanding activity while values below 50 indicate contracting activity. The further away a reading is from 50, the greater the change in business activity. Compared to the July 2018, the Index is 9.4% lower. Gardner Intelligence’s review of the month’s underlying data found that supplier deliveries, which increased in activity in July, was the leading Index component. The Index was also supported by production and new orders. A no-change reading in employment activity combined with contracting backlog and export activity all pulled the Index lower.

For a second month in a row, new orders activity fell below that of production. This delta between orders and production may have contributed to July’s contractionary backlog reading. In the year-to-date period, backlogs have reported four months of contracting activity, two months of expanding activity and one month of no change. Only exports have reported more months of contracting activity during 2019, suppressing total new orders activity.

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By: Heather Wintle 9/16/2019

Die Sep Demo at Amerimold 2019

Tool Shop Live! was a breakthrough hit from Amerimold 2019. This new aspect of the Event for Mold Manufacturing was brought about as an effort to address the fact that mold repair is often a team effort among suppliers, mold manufacturers and customers. For anyone who attended this year’s show, Tool Shop Live! gave a chance for technology and service suppliers, each offering solutions for every shop’s mold maintenance and repair challenges and needs, to show their stuff through presentations and demonstrations.

One such demo was from Louis Bowler of Die Sep, who showcased the company’s mold separator and tipper, giving Amerimold attendees the chance to see a 90-second mold removal process.

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I’ll be headed out to K 2019 next month with MMT’s publisher Ryan Delahanty as well as several colleagues from sister publication Plastics Technology.  We’ll all be there to report back to our readers the technology and industry trends that will be showcased at this international plastics event from October 16-23 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Here  is a report from the event organizers on automation in plastics:

The PLASTICS Association’s “2018 Size and Impact Report,” notes that the U.S. plastics industry is essentially at full employment. Anecdotal information from molders, extruders and other fabricators reveals that most are having a difficult time finding qualified workers. This situation is spurring efforts by product makers, compounders and others to further automate operations.

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