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Published: 8/1/2017

A Conversation with Creative Blow Mold Tooling

This company builds plastic bottle blow molds for a variety of markets, with a focus on supply chain management and five-axis machining to help cut costs and lead times.

Published: 8/1/2017

International Perspective: Real-Time Visibility

Phoenix Contact, German Toolmaker of the Year, embraces the concept of Industry 4.0.

Published: 4/1/2017

Get More Coolant Flow Through Smaller Bubblers

This method for calculating the size of nonround water passages is designed to increase coolant flow, and reduce pressure loss and cycle time.

Published: 4/1/2017

CS Tool Engineering Inc.

This Michigan shop designs and builds plastic injection and compression molds, with a specialty in compression-form and trim-mold tooling.

Published: 2/1/2017

MTD Micro Molding

This shop specializes in building molds for tiny parts with such complexities as 0.1-mm walls, 0.025-mm corner radii and holes as small as 0.051 mm in diameter.

Published: 8/1/2016

Strategic Machining

Combining what they know with what they have allows these makers of investment casting molds to optimize the cutting of complex contours.

Published: 3/1/2016

IIoT: The Next Step in Mold-Building Efficiency

Taking advantage of “digital threads” of data can help moldmakers compete in an evolving manufacturing environment.

Published: 1/1/2016

Metro Mold Redefines Role of Supply Chain Partner

The Minnesota moldmaker has undergone a transformation it says is the result of both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Published: 11/2/2015

A Mold Shop OEM

Years of helping customers save time and money in liquid silicone rubber (LSR)—a material that involves very different considerations from plastics—has led this shop to develop its own product line.

Published: 11/1/2015

The LSR Learning Curve

This increasingly popular thermoset material follows very different rules than any plastic.