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Tooling: Setting Up Shop—Part II of III
Many repair shops in molding facilities are too small, poorly lit, and inefficiently designed.
Columns Published: 1/3/2011
Tooling: Setting Up a Mold Shop: Part I
I had a toolmaker once tell me he used to slam his hand in his car door before work every morning just to get him in the right frame of mind to work in his shop.
Columns Published: 9/1/2010
Tooling: The Science of Profile Die Balancing
In our last column, we discussed the five things profile extruders need to know about profile die design—proper land length, land-length ratio, drawdown, considerations for sensitive materials, and decompression.
Columns Published: 8/1/2010
Confessions of a Mold Manual Junkie
OK, I admit it, I’m a manual junkie.
Columns Published: 7/1/2010
Determining Maximum Mold Cycle Counts
The first production meeting with my new employer went something like this: “We want you to establish a preventive maintenance program that is based on cycle counts for all our molds.” Before I could launch into an explanation of how bes...
Columns Published: 6/1/2010
When Assembling Molds, Patience is THE Virtue
Installing and fitting close-tolerance tooling requires patience, a steady hand, attention to detail, and the ability to “read” resistance.
Columns Published: 4/1/2010
You Think You Know Your Molds? Try These 10 Questions to Find Out for Sure
A mold repair technician’s job has always been to make molds run—anyhow, any way.
Columns Published: 2/1/2010
Tooling Know-How: Five Tips on Profile Die Design
A poorly designed profile die—one that does not permit the part to be extruded with the same dimensions from run to run—coupled with a lack of understanding of the extrusion process, is a recipe for scrap generation.
Columns Published: 1/1/2010
Tooling Know-How: Troubleshooting Defects--Part II: Hot-Runner Long Gate Vestiges
Last month, we discussed the general issues of an organized and disciplined process of troubleshooting and correcting mold defects.
Columns Published: 12/1/2009
Troubleshooting Defects: Part I
Like the three other aspects of a typical mold clean/repair job (disassembly, cleaning, and assembly) there is usually more than one way to skin the cat of troubleshooting and correcting defects.
Columns Published: 11/1/2009

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