#AUTOMOTIVE

Hot Runners

Workflow and Quality Count

A recent visit to a hot runner systems and solutions provider proved the importance of workflow and quality to a production facility’s layout.

Addressing Aluminum Tooling Objections

Mold builder shares the technical and financial advantages it experiences using aluminum tooling.

Business Strategy

Tooling, Tariffs and Reinventing One's Business for the "New Normal"

Mold industry professionals attending the Makino Technology Expo learned they must prepare for the “new normal” and build a better marketing and sales plan. 

Machining

Five-Axis Machine Modifications Reduce Cycle Times

Expanding the capabilities of a portal milling machine reduced cycle times and improved quality of large-section automotive and truck molds. 

OESA, Harbour Results Releases Q2 2019 Automotive Tooling Barometer Survey Results

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Harbour Results, Inc., (HRI) recently released the results of their Q2 2019 Automotive Tooling Barometer Survey.

Hot Runners

How to Better Balance Family Molds

A servo-driven valve gate can provide superior processing for family molds with significant variances in part sizes and volumes.

Additive Manufacturing

Capability to 3D Print H13 Delivers Robust Tooling

Direct metal laser sintering H13 material plays a big role in how this company has differentiated itself from the competition.

Business Strategy

Industry Reports: Automotive, Medical and Aerospace

Chief Economist for Gardner Business Intelligence gives a rundown of status of the automotive, medical and aerospace markets.

Automotive Industry Continues Trajectory

If trade tensions escalate and interest rates increase throughout 2019, the automotive industry may find it harder than expected to expand.

Business Strategy

Additive Manufacturing Workshop Program at NAIAS

The NAIAS event is drawing major OEM presenters. 

Machining

Welcome to the Hub of Moldmaking in Portugal

Despite being a relatively small economy, the world's eighth-largest moldmaking country sits on the edge of Europe in relative obscurity. Evolved from a centuries-old glass-making tradition, Portugal today boasts some of the most advanced and innovative moldmaking businesses that have nearly doubled their export and production rate over the past ten years. Here is a look at this country’s recipe for success.

Surface Treatment

Laser Marking Process Resists Shot Blasting

Laserax’s laser marking process has enabled die casters to identify parts throughout the supply chain.

Business Strategy

Harbour Results Predicts 2019 North American Automotive Vendor Tooling Spend to be $8 Billion

Harbour Results, Inc. released the results of the Harbour IQ in-depth study on the current state of the automotive vendor tooling industry. The analysis predicts 2019 automotive vendor tooling spend to be $8 billion.

Business Strategy

SPE Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Dr. Rose Ryntz will be honored as the SPE Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the Automotive Innovation Gala in November.

Business Strategy

Automotive Industry Beats Expectations

Through the first half of 2018, the automotive industry experienced a level of growth that exceeded the expectations of most experts.

Hot Runners

Linux Software Enables Advanced Functions on Controllers

SISE designed the MV3 hot-runner temperature controllers with five platforms and three power card options.

Business Strategy

2018: Long-Term Growth Opportunities Abound for Moldmakers

Positive data helps mold builders prepare for upcoming industry changes and growth opportunities. 

Business Strategy

Gardner Industry Report: Automotive

New technologies coming to market in the next few years will require investments that will create sustained demand and industry growth for advanced automation, machinery, tooling, composites and plastics.

Business Strategy

Statistics Uphold Mexico’s Importance in Plastics Industry

Did you know that Mexico is the world’s second largest importer of molds and tools?

Business Strategy

Mexico: Manufacturing Mecca to the South

A mold-building perspective on Mexico’s manufacturing opportunities, trends and challenges.

End Market Reports: Automotive & Consumer Products

Automotive manufacturers may be hedging their output despite strong new order demand. Gardner Business Intelligence’s (GBI) review of consumer confidence, employment and credit markets all point to a strong 2017 for consumer spending.

Workforce Development

2017 Leadtime Leader Awards Honorable Mention: Concours Mold Inc.

This Canadian mold manufacturer identifies teamwork and quality as critical to its ability to drive continued success.

Automotive and Packaging

Automotive spending surges, and rapidly growing food/beverage spending also means more packaging.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Canadians, like us Americans, are looking for signs of a prosperous 2017, and all signs are pointing up.