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“Employee turnover costs anywhere from 16% to 213% of that employee’s annual salary, depending on the position,” PeopleKeep reports. Manufacturers are faced with the dual challenges of finding both skilled and unskilled labor. So, what are some actionable steps that will contribute to both employee attraction and retention? 

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2019 Technology Review: Cutting Tools

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 in our July Technology Review and Sourcing Guide.

Here are the some of the highlighted product/service offerings for cutting tools featured in MMT over the past year that were republished in our special July 2019 Technology Review and Sourcing Guide:

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By: Steve Johnson 7/18/2019

Maintaining Mold Components

The typical injection mold comprises hundreds of types of plates and tooling components that help to form and eject a molded part. Component type, required function, and construction dictate the proper maintenance procedure and frequency plan. To help toolroom technicians better understand the time and money they are spending on mold component maintenance, we have classified mold components into three categories: frame plates, frame components, and cavity tooling.

Frame or base plates include only the individual mold plates, which can range from seven plates in a simple stripper plate mold to 20 or more, depending upon mold size and complexity. Frame components include all tooling that is within the frame that does not form the part. For example, guide or leader pins, bushings, return pins, interlocks, bolts, and seals. Ejector pins are often also placed in this category. Cavity tooling is the most critical and expensive tooling in a mold because it includes the cavities, cores, sleeves, and pins that directly form the part. Cavity components dictate dimensional and aesthetic part features, so they are costly to build and replace. 

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