#AUTOMOTIVE

Inspection & Measurement

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.
#profile #analysis #automotive

Additive Manufacturing

How to Improve Mold Venting with Metal Additive Manufacturing

Patented 3D-printed mold insert design rapidly evacuates gases while preventing plastic flash-through, eliminates costly maintenance and need for press-side temperature-control units.
#automotive #conformalcooling #3dprinting

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.
#industry40 #analysis #automotive

Hot Runners

How to Make an Informed Hot Runner Decision

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

Business Strategy

International Perspective: European Toolmakers Face a Rocky Road Ahead

For many tool-, die- and moldmakers within the automotive supply chain time is running out, says Volker Schäfer, chairman of VDMA’s (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) toolmaking division.
#automotive

NEWS

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.
#electronics #automotive #consumer

Free Webinar Looks at Automotive Manufacturing in 2020

Gardner Intelligence columnist Michael Guckes explains what’s next for automakers, manufacturers in a free webinar on December 17th at 11am EST. Register Today!
#ecomonics #automotive

Readjusting to the New Normal of Automotive Tooling

“Control what you can control,” Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results says because on top of our current economic uncertainty, government volatility, tariffs and trade there also is a shift happening in the automotive industry that demands flexibility from today’s mold builders.
#regulations #automotive

Addressing Aluminum Tooling Objections

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

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. 
#sales #electronics #automotive

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. 
#fiveaxis #automotive

NEWS

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.
#automotive

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.
#tips #automotive

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.
#profile #regulations #conformalcooling

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.
#medical #automotive

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.
#regulations #automotive

NEWS

Additive Manufacturing Workshop Program at NAIAS

The NAIAS event is drawing major OEM presenters. 
#3dprinting #automotive #marketing

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.
#automotive

Surface Treatment

Laser Marking Process Resists Shot Blasting

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

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.
#analysis #automotive