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The August issue’s article on manifolds and preventive maintenance (PM) explained the impact of environmental factors on manifold performance. This piece focuses on the impact of five non-maintenance-friendly manifold design features that our repair technician students shared. They claim that these features complicate manifold PMs to such a level that the technicians would rather wait until the manifold breaks to repair it.

Technicians usually remove the valve pins and piston components first so that they can gain access to the manifold. Some systems have as many as 10 components per position, comprising the piston-cup assembly (not including the seals), which technicians must carefully remove and place in a holder or tray so as not to damage or mix up the position of the fragile tips.

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The use of standard components by moldmakers is increasing, and suppliers are investing time and resources into further advancing these components. For example, Hasco introduces, on average, 15 new standard components each year, with a focus on eliminating re-work and allowing easy and error-free installation by the moldmaker. But there are many more reasons to consider using standard components and they will be discussed during the free webinar presented by Hasco and hosted by MoldMaking Technology on Tuesday, October 23, at 1 p.m. CT.

 Consider the following trends in the moldmaking industry:

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The company’s rapid success has been due to its game-changing innovation that brings drumming to your fingertips, literally.

Specdrums started as a simple idea—founder Steven Dourmashkin asked, “What if we could give people an easy way to drum anywhere and use color to make different drumming sounds?” He invented fingertip drum sensors (rings) that pair with a mobile device. Using the Specdrums app, a player can assign musical notes and sounds to specific colors. When the player taps the ring on the color, it plays the assigned sound.

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By: Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP 15. October 2018

Tax Reform Limits and Eliminates Popular Deductions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) limits, or outright eliminates, deductions that mold shops are accustomed to claiming. These include the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (eliminated), business entertainment expenditures (eliminated), interest expense (limited) and net operating losses (limited). The changes to these tax provisions will certainly have an impact on mold builders’ tax liabilities. 

While the U.S. Treasury has yet to issue substantive guidance on these new provisions, the following is an overview of these limitations before the issuance of U.S. Treasury Regulations.

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Digging into metal additive manufacturing quickly reveals how expensive it can be, as some parts produced using incumbent technologies, such as laser sintering and binder jetting, can cost thousands of dollars. If there's one lesson Matt Sand, President of 3DEO, a Los Angeles, California-based metal AM parts supplier, has learned over the last few years, it's that cost is everything when it comes to serial production.

“If you're not in the ballpark on cost, you might as well not even play the game because there's no way to get into production without being cost competitive with conventional manufacturing techniques,” Sand says. “If you are not cost competitive, you're not at the table,” So, to get the total cost structure down, 3DEO developed an end-to-end manufacturing process around Intelligent Layering, a very low-cost metal additive manufacturing technology the company’s founders invented. Based on binder jetting technology, Intelligent Layering uses a proprietary spray system to bind the entire layer, and then uses a CNC end mill to cut the perimeter of the part and any internal features. (Read more about 3DEO’s technology and company strategy.)

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