One of the industry’s “best kept secrets” was the opening in March of the ToolingDocs Maintenance Center in Ashland, Ohio, says Steve Johnson, operations manager. A longtime toolroom manager, he runs the Center with Randy Winton, global training manager and also an experienced moldmaker and plant manager. ToolingDocs was established in 2001 by Progressive Components, Wauconda, Ill., as an information resource promoting better mold maintenance through conferences and online tools. Now, ToolingDocs has a training facility with state-of-the-art mold benches, cranes, ultrasonic cleaner, and blast cleaners using dry ice and other media. Trainees learn repair techniques on a variety of molds, including a 32-cavity unscrewing tool and hot-runner molds.
Besides training at the Center or on-site, ToolingDocs offers Mold Repair Certification for technicians, as well as on-site Maintenance Capability Assessment and periodic audits, plus MoldTrax maintenance software installation and training.
In addition, ToolingDocs serves as an independent resource for tool transfers, coordinating and managing mold relocations. “Currently, plant closings and capacity shifts have led to a great deal of tooling being moved from one location to another, causing unexpected issues to arise and plenty of headaches and expense,” explains Winton. “We specialize in eliminating mold management problems before they occur through the use of proven standardized procedures.” Those include thorough evaluation, cleaning, and repair with complete documentation. (800) 257-8369 • www.toolingdocs.com
2112 Baney Road Ashland, OH 44805-8915
Phone (419) 289-0281
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