Dare to Lead
What does it mean to be a Leadtime Leader? It means setting a higher standard for overall innovation, efficiency, quality and commitment in mold manufacturing.
Since kicking off this annual competition in 2003, we have awarded many outstanding mold builders the Leadtime Leader title, which in turn has motivated others to nominate their shops. Going through this process each year has exposed this industry’s passion and commitment to continually strive to be better, to be leaders. So, what does it mean to be a Leadtime Leader? It means setting a higher standard for overall innovation, efficiency, quality and commitment in mold manufacturing. And the benefits of doing the work to contend in this competition include industry recognition, brand awareness, new customers and increased mor-ale. But don’t take my word for it. Read what past winners have to say:
“Being recognized as an industry leader has resulted in a noticeable boost in employee morale and has presented opportunities that may not have been available to us prior to the win.” —Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing
“We’ve been able to showcase our capabilities and gain exposure on a national level. A local potential client asked for a facility tour because they saw the article. That potential client was converted into an actual customer.” —Mold-Tech
“We have been able to generate new leads and reinforce to our existing customers our
commitment to providing a quality product in a timeline that is measured as an industry leader.” —MSI Mold Builders
“Filling out the questionnaire forced us to consider all the components of our success, including the adoption and implementation of new technologies, customer service, continual education, training and cross-training of employees, our sales/marketing efforts, and involvement in our industry in ways that help to make it better and stronger.” —Tech Mold
“We found the process to be an introspective one that yielded valuable insights into the internal day-to-day operations that we have subsequently incorporated into our strategic plan.” —Plastikos Inc./Micro Mold Co.
To enter the screening process, candidates must complete and submit a simple nomination form at moldmakingtechnology.com/awards/register.cfm. Winner and honorable mention shops receive a cover/feature story in MMT, a video feature, a booth and plaque at Amerimold, and an advertising campaign in Plastics Technology. Isn’t it time you dare to lead?
A Series of International Standards for Quality Management and Quality Assurance
Using aluminum tooling instead of traditional tools steels reduces cycle time and costs, but requires up-front, open communications between moldmaker, molder, material supplier and hot runner manifold supplier.
Reducing changeover times will eliminate waste, moving a shop closer to becoming lean.