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Published: 1/1/2019

For This Mold Shop, the Key to Closing the Skills Gap is Emotional Intelligence

Thanks to a culture change founded on a commitment to emotional intelligence, this mold supplier solved its skilled labor problem and increased throughput per employee.

Published: 7/2/2018

Understanding Circle-Segment Milling Tools

The circle-segment cutter represents a class of milling tool in which the CAM software is key for using the tool effectively. Cutting profiles presented at the proper angles realize cycle-time reductions in contoured workpieces such as molds. A CAM ...

Published: 5/15/2018

From Making Parts to Making Profits

New management layers bold, data-driven decision-making atop a legacy of moldmaking expertise.

Published: 3/1/2018

A Can-Do Focus and Family Values Keep Master Tool and Mold On its Game

This Wisconsin moldmaker shows how a small operation can work “big” by having a team that’s multi-skilled and equipped with the right equipment and a can-do attitude.

Published: 11/1/2017

CAM Tools Automate Programming, Aid Five-Axis Machining and More

The right software tools can help a shop realize the full potential of its workforce so that it can better meet increasing customer expectations.

Published: 9/1/2017

Leadtime Leader Q&A Graphic Tool Corp. and Concours Mold Inc.

We invited this year’s Leadtime Leader winner and honorable mention shops to share their thoughts on five-axis machining.

Published: 9/1/2017

Cutting Tool Data When You Need It

From the tool crib to enterprise resource planning systems, tool lifecycle management breaks down expensive data silos.

Published: 8/1/2017

Gaining Control of Five-Axis Mold Machining

The CNC motion system is key to tackling the tight tolerances and superior finishes of modern mold manufacturing.

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: 6/1/2017

2017 Leadtime Leader Awards Honorable Mention: Concours Mold Inc.

This Canadian mold manufacturer identifies teamwork and quality as critical to its ability to drive continued success.