It Takes a Team Effort

It’s time to customize the TCO Estimator for molds, and it involves you!


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The Opening Keynote at the amerimold expo in Novi, MI, in June provided an update on the Reshoring Initiative founded by Harry Moser as well as some supporting data from Steve DeHoff of Stress Engineering Services. As a follow-up from the interest generated on this topic MoldMaking Technology and Harry Moser will be working to customize the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator for molds, and it involves you!

What we are looking for is a list of known factors that are not yet costed. We would also like to examine other factors including: formulas for calculating the factors; percentage of imported and domestic molds on which you see these issues; what each factor costs on the molds; where the factor occurs; and, cases of imported molds with these cost factors.

The goal of this team effort is to develop a tool for your industry. Upon completion MoldMaking Technology will publish the results and invite you to provide feedback. Please let me know if you are interested in participating. You can email me at cfuges@gardnerweb.com.

If you would like to connect with us in person to discuss this project, we will be at IMTS this month. Stop by Booth W-160 on Tuesday, September 11 or Thursday, September 13.

Also at IMTS 2012, Harry will present on reshoring from The Manufacturing Stage—which will be the center of morning activities—located between the north and south halls of McCormick Place, on Tuesday, September 11, Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 15 from 9:30 am to 9:55 am each day.

He will break down how reshoring is an efficient method for reducing imports, increasing exports and bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S. He also will discuss how reshoring helps manufacturers recover from offshoring’s poor quality, trade secret thefts, supply chain disruptions and lengthy delivery times.

A related program debuting during IMTS is “Manufacturing Technology Drives Reshoring,” which is hosted by the Reshoring Initiative and AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology). This program offers the opportunity to some select manufacturers—who have a reshoring success story to share and who submitted the appropriate entry form—for free publicity on IMTS.com, IMTStv and reshorenow.org, as well as being highlighted during Moser’s reshoring presentations at IMTS. To find out more about the Reshoring Initiative visit www.reshorenow.org; blog: http://www.reshorenow.blogspot.com; Twitter: @reshorenow; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ReshoreNow and LinkedIn: Reshoring Discussion Forum.