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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: 10/3/2016

Inventory Systems Boost Lean Manufacturing Efforts
Computerized, point-of-use storage and dispensing systems help this shop target waste that is difficult to measure and often labor-intensive to eliminate.

Published: 6/1/2016

On-Machine Verification Keeps Process Chain Intact
Measuring on machining centers is no substitute for this mold manufacturer's CMM. Rather, the goal of on-machine probing is to minimize downtime at individual workstations and to maximize overall throughput.

Published: 4/1/2016

Moldmaker Experiments with Hollow Mold Inserts as Alternative to Conformal Cooling
A plastics manufacturer with in-house moldmaking explores a different option for applying additive manufacturing to making mold tooling.

Published: 3/1/2016

Standardized Parameters Make Unattended Machining Reliable
Standardized parameters for specific material and cutting tool combinations help this hard milling specialist manage a highly varied workload with minimal labor.

Published: 11/2/2015

The Acquisition Next Door
A Chicago-area maker of mechanical seals purchased the die maker adjacent to it in the same building. The seal maker’s CEO says the way to expand is by capitalizing on the opportunities that come.

Published: 6/1/2015

Will the Coalition Continue?
It almost certainly will. As the Whitehall Township Tooling Coalition nears the end of the tax incentive that led to its creation, this alliance of eight tool and die shops finds so much value in the partnership that the group is on track to last. H...

Published: 12/16/2014

Cutting Tool Edge Prep: The Invisible Advantage
Edge preparation involves removing material from a cutting tool in order to extend its life. That may sound counterintuitive, but a maker of glass molds says edge prep has dramatically reduced the amount it spends on tools.