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Cutting Tools

Tips for Mitigating Chatter and Vibration

A review of the problems of machine vibration and the strategies and tooling systems that that can stop them.

Mold Components

How to Use Hydraulic Locking Cylinders to Improve Plastic Injection-Molded Part Profitability

Improve complex injection-molded part quality and profitability by reducing mold base size and preloading slides from a solid structure to ensure placement.

Hot Runners

How to Make an Informed Hot Runner Decision

A proper hot runner assessment requires evaluating and calculating key runner system variables.

Popular Posts: May 2020

Catch up on the five most popular blog posts from May 2020.

Design & Mfg. Software

5 Ways to Cut Programming Time

Steps mold builders can take to reduce programming times and improve machining processes.

Data Management Software

How to Take Advantage of AI for Machine Monitoring

Artificial intelligence (AI) can help shops reduce preventative maintenance costs and increase production and efficiency gains.

Workforce Development

How to Create an Engineering-Driven Workflow

People and process are two key components of workflow improvement that focuses on engineering better customer solutions at the start of every project.

Design & Mfg. Software

Use Core-Shift Analysis to Avoid Expensive Defects and Failures

The right simulation tool will show what is happening inside a cavity to reveal the root cause of problems before they occur.

Workforce Development

Currier Plastics Invests in Workforce Development

Six Currier Plastics employees will receive their Industrial Manufacturing Technician Certification after completing a 16-month virtual course through Penn College of Technology.

Business Strategy

MoldMaking Technology Is More Than Print Content

MoldMaking Technology started as a print publication only, but today you can find its content across every social media channel, in videos and e-newsletters, and even podcasts.

Business Strategy

How to Size Up the Cybersecurity Threat and Build the Right Strategy

Small- to medium-sized businesses are easy targets for cybercrimes. Here is some advice about how to protect your business.

Popular Posts: February 2020

Catch up on these five most popular blog posts from February 2020.

Hot Runners

Revisiting Some Hot Runner Fundamentals

What exactly does a hot runner do? If you’ve been in the injection molding industry for any length of time, you might think the answer is obvious, but it is not.

Machining

How to Eliminate Chatter

Here are techniques commonly used to combat chatter and guidelines to establish a foundation for optimizing the moldmaking process.

Business Strategy

Establishing a Cyber-Secure Moldmaking Operation

Mold builders must understand subnetwork setup, threat and risk analysis, and support structures to protect its data.

Additive Manufacturing

VIDEO: How to Really Use a 3D Printer

Learn how color 3D applications are enabled with a 3D printing system that allows the production of functional parts in full color in a fraction of the time.

Mold Builders Are Leading the Way

We are still accepting entries for our 2020 Leadtime Leader Awards competition, so put your hat in the ring today by visiting the Leadtime Leader Zone and clicking on the logo to submit your information to start the process.

Business Strategy

Tooling 4.0: Connecting Industry 4.0 Technology to Your Molds and Molding Process  

A packaging supplier applies Industry 4.0 technology to its injection molds so that components talk to each another to understand the dynamics of what is happening inside the mold.

Maintenance & Repair

Mold Maintenance Refresher

As I hit the road to attend a hot runner maintenance workshop this week, I’m reminded of my last maintenance-related education session. So, I thought I’d share some images and tips as a little refresher on what I learned.  

Additive Manufacturing

Selling the Value of Additive Tooling in a Mold

Gaining molder buy-in for a conformal-cooled mold insert requires communicating the mold’s total cost of ownership over the life of the project.

Business Strategy

New Series: A People+People Plan to Win the War on Talent

It’s no secret that it’s an employees’ market and companies of all sizes are struggling to attract, engage, and retain staff. Modernizing your talent strategy is key.

Mold Components

Maintaining Mold Components

Toolroom technicians must include frame plates, frame components, and cavity tooling when developing a mold maintenance plan.

Business Strategy

A Q&A on Cybersecurity with Paragon D&E

Cybersecurity continues to be a critical issue for manufacturers, and after touring Paragon D&E a while back I knew they had things in order. So, I reached out to President David Muir to see how they handle cyber threats.

Maintenance & Repair

Hands-on Workshop Teaches Mold Maintenance Process

Intensive workshop teaches the process of mold maintenance to help put an end to the firefighting culture of many toolrooms.