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Enhanced Software for Mold Maintenance
WEB EXCLUSIVE: New versions of two software programs for managing mold maintenance were introduced at the recent NPE show in Chicago by Progressive Components, Wauconda, Ill.
Article Published: 8/26/2009
The Eight Stages of Mold Repair
While the mold was still being disassembled, two “cleaners” began pulling tooling out of plates and putting them into buckets in preparation for a good scrubbing—and I mean a scrubbing.
Article Published: 4/1/2009
How to Determine Maximum Mold Cycle Counts
At my first production meeting with my new employer, I was told, “We want you to establish a preventive maintenance program that is based on maximum cycle counts for all our molds.” Then, before I could launch into an explanation of how ...
Article Published: 3/1/2009
Why Not Just Let ’r Leak?
Here’s how a typical West Coast molding facility with 20 injection presses investigated the downtime impact of water leaks in the plant.
Article Published: 2/1/2009
What Toolroom Maintenance Supervisors Need to Know-Part II
September’s “Mold Shop” column presented an overview of a mold maintenance supervisor’s need-to-know priorities.
Article Published: 11/1/2008
Vacuum Venting Keeps Molds Running Longer
In tough economic times, facing hungry competition here and abroad, molders cannot afford to ignore preventable problems that slow cycles, cost machine downtime and mold maintenance, and waste material on reject parts.
Article Published: 11/1/2008
Cleaning Molds in the Press Slashes Downtime
For a global electronics manufacturer with around-the-clock production, the ability to clean molds in the press without disassembly provided major productivity increases.
Article Published: 10/1/2008
What Toolroom Maintenance Supervisors Need to Know
Those in charge of keeping molds reliable and production-ready normally start their day in the same manner—wondering what broke down since they last walked out the door—and hoping they have the resources to get it going again.
Article Published: 9/1/2008
Why Mold-Maintenance Data Is Essential for Processing Technicians
When I was in the Navy, many different trades such as hydraulics, electrical, airframes, armament, and jet-engine mechanics worked side by side to get planes into the air, through their scheduled missions, returned to base, and turned around to do i...
Article Published: 7/1/2008
Defect Position Analysis: What It Is, Why You Need It
There are so many new technological options in mold design, moldmaking, and molding today that it boggles the mind: We can simulate melt flows to anticipate difficulties.
Article Published: 6/1/2008

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