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On Thursday, October 24, AMBA will host a dual Plant Tour Workshop at JMMS, Inc. (Easley, South Carolina) and MSI Mold Builders SE (Greenville, South Carolina). With a specialization in die and mold program management for OEMs and tier vendors, JMMS uses its “Plan. Do. Check. Act.” strategy to help clients improve part quality, use less material and lower cycle times for better manufacturability, while MSI Mold Builders SE dedicates itself to lean manufacturing processes, resulting in the design of accurate and durable steel and aluminum molds. Tour Workshop includes tours of both facilities, lunch and cross-talk and networking reception the evening of October 23.

One of AMBA’s primary membership benefits is the opportunity for professionals in different functional areas to connect with peers. This event, facilitated by an AMBA staff member, provides opportunities for mold manufacturers to share challenges with industry peers, ask questions and solve common problems. By joining such an expansive and energized group of professionals, members can access the AMBA community for virtual networking, without leaving the office!

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By: Heather Wintle 9/20/2019

Tech Trends: K 2019 Sneak Peek, Part 2

As the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and rubber, K 2019 has many exciting things for attendees to see and learn about. This event, to be held October 16-23 in Dusseldorf, Germany, will not only have hot topics covering key industry themes and special shows and discussions dedicated to trend-setting developments and innovations, but it will also be host to exhibitors from around the globe.

Though K 2019 is only a month away, we here at MoldMaking Technology want to give you a sneak peek at the types of products you’ll see from its exhibitors, right here.

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Richard Oles, President and CEO of ALBA Enterprises in Torrance, California, used webcam video, animation and PowerPoint slides to engage webinar attendees and immerse them in a family of technology options for mold movement. For example, hydraulic cylinder solutions engineered specifically for the plastic and die cast industries,  mechanical couplers and plate actuation systems.


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Working with Don Smith, Senior Tooling Manager with Scholle IPN North America, on a feature that shares this packaging company’s definition and use of Tooling 4.0 also afforded me a lesson in how we arrived at Industry 4.0.  Read his timeline below:

Industry 1.0 (factories). By the beginning of the 19th century, manufacturing began to change dramatically with the introduction of Industry 1.0, and from there, operations rapidly developed. In the 1800s, industry developed water and steam-powered machines to aid workers. As production capabilities increased, business also grew from individual owners taking care of their own (and maybe their neighbors), which then turned into organizations with owners, managers, and employees serving customers.

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Industry 4.0 is coming to moldmaking, and all of manufacturing. It is time for moldmaking companies to seriously address the benefits of networked production and how to implement it in their operations using technologies and equipment that is available today, according to Michael Thiessen, sales manager for Tebis America, who presented a webinar on the topic last week.


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