AMBA Plant Tour Series Launches to Sold-Out Crowd

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, recently launched its new Plant Tour Workshop Series to a sold-out crowd at Mold Craft, Inc., Willernie, MN.

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Attendees traveled from eight states (as far away as California) to attend the half-day workshop and tour which focused on automation and design integration. During the workshop, Mold Craft shared its journey to utilize technology and integrate automation in nearly every job it processes, evolving into a design-intensive company from the moment a job is quoted. Attendees came away with valuable information and implementable ideas as to how operator input during the machining process can best be minimized and unattended machine time maximized for greatest efficiencies.

Starting with an overview of Mold Craft’s operational strategies, attendees next toured the facility. Charged with a green card/red card strategy, each attendee was responsible for identifying best-in-class methods, unusual but value-add practices and areas of new improvement opportunity. According to AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix, “The engagement that took place during the station tours between Mold Craft employees and attendees and between the attendees themselves was vibrant and extremely exciting. Professionals asked questions and talked about the methods and processes they used in their own machining businesses and compared that data to what they were actually seeing in the Mold Craft operation. A great deal of learning took place during these individual engagements and attendees exchanged business cards and contact information.” The tour event ended with lively cross-talk amidst a light lunch, providing extreme value for both the attendees and hosting company alike.

“Hosting the AMBA tour at Mold Craft was very beneficial for us and our guests,” said Mold Craft VP of Engineering Justin McPhee. “We were able to talk to our peers about specific processes we do and get immediate feedback on what we are doing right and what could use improvement. Although intimidating at first glance, I feel that the more people we can help in our Association, the better we will become. The time we were able to spend networking before and after the event was priceless and needs to be on everyone’s agenda when they plan their attendance at one of these AMBA tour events.”

The next AMBA Plant Tour Workshop is scheduled for November 10, 2011, at Industrial Mold & Machine in Twinsburg, OH. For more information on AMBA tour events or on becoming a host company, call 847.222.9402 or visit


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