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New Orders, Production Register Slowing April Activity

Total new orders for April registered slowing growth while export orders contracted. Much of the expansion in moldmaking orders during COVID-19 has come from domestic demand.

MMT Chats: 5 in 5 with Best Tool & Engineering

MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges reveals 5 best practices for improving efficiencies in culture, technology, process, measuring success and staying competitive ... in 5 minutes: hire for work ethic, machining, molding, relationships and appropriate technology investment. This episode is brought to you by ISCAR with New Ideas for Machining Intelligently.

Workforce Development

Leading Mold Manufacturers Share Best Practices for Improving Efficiency

Precise Tooling Solutions, X-Cell Tool and Mold, M&M Tool and Mold, Ameritech Die & Mold, and Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, sit down for a fast-paced Q&A focused on strategies for improving efficiencies across their operations.

Inspection & Measurement

Three Advances in Mold Measurement

Points from focus technology, micro scanning probe machines and chromatic position sensors offer mold measurement options. 

Inspection & Measurement

How to Use Reverse Engineering to Reduce Mold Tuning Time

Mold builders can reduce the number of iterations required to yield acceptable parts with a new tool, a damaged mold or a copy of an existing tool using modern data collection techniques and advanced surface modeling technologies.

Data Management Software

What is Scientific Maintenance? Part 2

Part two of this three-part series explains specific data that toolrooms must collect, analyze and use to truly advance to a scientific maintenance culture where you can measure real data and drive decisions.

MMT Chats: 5 in 5 with Eden Tool Company and Eden Manufacturing

MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges reveals five best practices for improving efficiencies in culture, technology, process, measuring success and staying competitive in 5 minutes with Eden Tool Company and Eden Manufacturing.

Inspection & Measurement

Monitoring Kit Evaluates X-Ray Detector Performance

Nikon Metrology’s Detector Evaluation Package offers automated analysis of image data with performance trend analysis.

Business Strategy

Predictive Manufacturing Moves Mold Builder into Advanced Medical Component Manufacturing

From a hot rod hobby, medical molds and shop performance to technology extremes, key relationships and a growth strategy, it’s obvious details matter at Eden Tool.

Machining

Shared Engineering Expertise Overcomes Design and Delivery Challenges

Collaboration on part and mold design between a molder and mold builder were vital to overcoming design and production challenges for a unique automotive project.

Data Management Software

What Is Scientific Maintenance? Part 1

Part one of this three-part series explains how to create a scientific maintenance plan based on a toolroom’s current data collection and usage.

Business Strategy

MMT Chats: The All or Nothing Approach to ERP

For this MMT Chat, my guests hail from Omega Tool of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, who share their journey with using enterprise resource planning (ERP)—and their people—to solve their schedule and capacity load monitoring challenges.

2020/2021 Mold Building Wage and Salary Report Indicates Positive Trends

Compensation study on the U.S. mold building industry reports 70% of 2020 job functions experienced wage increases, and a 3% jump in employee hires.

Markforged Report Suggests 3D Printing Enabled Manufacturers to Persevere Through COVID-19

Data shows that manufacturers using 3D printing were able to continue normal operations and innovate, while saving time and money.

MMT Chats: MMT Advisory Board Wraps Up Year with Current Data Trends

MoldMaking Technology’s Editorial Advisory Board has been virtually meeting this year due to the virus. Here is a peek at our last meeting of 2020 that involves a snapshot of some industry data and analysis about this pandemic recession shared by Gardner Intelligence Chief Economist Michael Guckes.

Inspection & Measurement

Versatile Large Format Multi-Sensor Vision System for Accurate, Fast Measurements

The L.S. Starrett AVX550 Multi-Sensor Vision System is a powerful, easy-to-use multi-sensor measurement system which streamlines and optimizes the QC process. 

Moldmaking Industry Ends Four-Month Expansionary Run

Slowing new orders, production and backlog activity result in a 47.9 reading for November, indicating a potential incoming challenge for the world supply chains as we enter 2021.

Business Strategy

How to Transfer Quality Training from a Cost Center to a Profit Center

To succeed with product quality and quality training shops must measure quality at the source, process improvements, waste, cost, productivity, sales and other key performance indicators. 

Inspection & Measurement

December Technology Roundup: Inspection/Measurement

MMT highlights products/services from Zeiss, High QA, Marposs, Shining 3D, L.S. Starrett, Renishaw and more. Find them here or in the December print issue.

MoldMaking Index Expands Despite Growing Headwinds

October saw slowing expansionary activity, an advancement caused by slowing supplier deliveries and an expansion in employment activity for a third consecutive month. 

Inspection & Measurement

Predictive Maintenance Monitoring System Contributes Real-Time Diagnostics

The Artis GEMVM system from Marposs features predictive maintenance to monitor vibration, gravity and temperature values to detect machining anomalies.

Inspection & Measurement

CT Scanner Achieves Precise, Multi-Part Inspections

Exact Metrology showcases the capability of its GOM computed tomography (CT) multi-part scanner.

Inspection & Measurement

Portable Color 3D Scanners Reliably Digitizes Data

Shining 3D adds a new line of handheld color 3D scanners, the EinScan H and HX, to its EinScan series portfolio. Both scanner lines integrate an additional light source for a broader range of applications and scanning requirements.

Inspection & Measurement

Correlation-Free Measuring Cell Enables Real-Time Process Monitoring

Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions introduces its Zeiss AICell trace, a dual, 7-axis robotic system that can be utilized in near-line, at-line or in-line applications.

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