Exploring the: Mold Maintenance Zone



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Qualifying an Outside Molder? Look at the Tool Room
If custom molders were judged on curb appeal alone, this one would always be flush with work. Appointed in colonial brick encasing large smoked-glass windows and surrounded by balmy landscape and a lawn that looked good enough to eat, this stately p...
Article Published: 5/1/2008
The Final Check
The roar of fighter jets taking off one after another drowned out the frantic screams of the plane captain running towards me, but the look on his face made it obvious there was a problem.
Article Published: 3/1/2008
Creating a Mold-Repair Plan-Part II: The Last Shot Inspection Report
Last month, we discussed how to collect accurate mold performance data at the press through the use of an IML (injection mold layout) sheet.
Article Published: 11/1/2007
Creating a Mold-Repair Plan-Part I: The Mold Layout Sheet
Regardless of mold type, the goal of the maintenance shop always is the same: Get a mold production-ready after it has been removed from service.
Article Published: 10/1/2007
Cleaning Molds, Part III Ultrasonics Make Life Easier
Is there a “perfect” cleaning system for molds and tooling that would allow a significant reduction in labor hours and tooling damage while providing consistent cleaning results?
Article Published: 9/1/2007
Cleaning Molds–Part II Blasting with Dry Ice
Today, the most popular method of cleaning plastic injection molds still remains rooted in the antiquated process of scrubbing tooling and plates by hand, one piece at a time.
Article Published: 7/1/2007
Cleaning Molds: Part I
More labor hours are spent cleaning mold plates and tooling than any of the other repair stages (disassembly, troubleshooting, or assembly) combined.
Article Published: 6/1/2007
Evaluating Mold Repair Skills
A systematic approach to train mold repair skills is more effective.
Article Published: 5/1/2007
Part Two: How Efficient Is Your Mold Maintenance?
Last month we discussed how mold performance and mold-maintenance efficiency are different things, but they work hand in hand to affect the profitability of a molding company.
Article Published: 3/1/2007
How Efficient Is Your Mold Maintenance?
Mold performance and mold-maintenance efficiency are two very different but closely connected goals of today’s mold-repair shop.
Article Published: 2/1/2007

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