MoldTrax Hot Runner Extravaganza Delivers on Expertise and Education
The “Who’s Who” in processing and hot runner technologies turned out to educate attendees with well-honed wisdom and experience.
Mold maintenance training and solutions provider, MoldTrax LLC, hosted its first Hot Runner Extravaganza, a three-day seminar to teach mold designers and tooling engineers, managers, maintenance technicians and process engineers about all aspects hot runner systems at its Ashland, Ohio, facility. A record number of moldmaking industry professionals attended the event, hailing from companies across North America, including Newell Brands, MGS Mfg. Group, Cepheid, Axiom Group, Berry Global and others.
The program brought some of the most knowledgeable minds in hot runner and molding technologies together to educate these attendees about the latest hot runner system technologies, how to make more informed manifold choices, what to know when reviewing hot runner applications and more. They also provided valuable hot runner maintenance tips and techniques. The distinguished list of presenters included representatives from DME, Husky, Mold-Masters, Synventive and Yudo. In addition, processing guru John Bozzelli, Rich Oles of Alba Enterprises and Bill Hartwick of Filter Specialties Inc. also spoke, providing relevant insights into scientific molding as it pertains to hot runner systems and their design, and walking attendees through the “pellet to part” process and noting important aspects that influence the success or failure of part production.
Steve Johnson, president of MoldTrax, told attendees, “We have assembled an unprecedented group of hot runner experts to present during this event.” He also said that, when performing mold maintenance and repairs, most companies “spend about 70 percent of the time cleaning molds, and easily $200,000 a year in labor. Maintenance is a process and steps need to be followed, which is why we offer a variety of training courses and on-site evaluation services designed to help make each process more efficient and cost-effective.”
Attendees were also able to see demonstrations and experience hands-on instruction for using key pieces of equipment, like the Ohm meter, used in mold maintenance and repair from such companies as Fast Heat, Cold Jet, Blue Wave Ultrasonics, Angel Hill Technologies and Polymer Cleaning Technology.
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