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Published: 1/28/2012

Safety Sense in the Shop
Running a clean, organized, professional, and safe shop requires a team effort that includes an awareness of unsafe practices and equipment that need to be eliminated, replaced, or improved, along with the accountability of all to identify and docum...

Published: 8/23/2011

Tool Room Management: How To Lead Your Team
Real progress in a mold shop won’t be made without a qualified and motivated “driver at the wheel” who diligently searches for, and implements, continuous-improvement solutions.

Published: 6/27/2011

The Tools of Tool Maintenance
The root cause of many mold and part issues are ultimately determined by the ability to measure something within one or two tenths of a mil. Readings with precision measuring tools can determine whether a tooling component is to be reused, reworked,...

Published: 5/31/2011

How To Size & Calibrate Profile Parts
Doing it right is critical to maintaining profile dimensions.

Published: 3/26/2011

Know the Three F’s Of Profile Tooling Design
Designing an extrusion profile and ultimately the die design and sizing equipment cannot be executed successfully without a full understanding of the customer’s quality expectations or specifications.

Published: 3/1/2011

Create a Maintenance Work (Bench) Cell
Get better results by improving the organization of your mold-maintenance operation.

Published: 1/4/2011

Tooling: Setting Up Shop: Part III
Our last column covered shop size and bench requirements for a 50 x 50 ft mold-repair shop that will have a MPP (Mold Pull Pace) of approximately 25 to 30 multi-cavity molds a week and employ four repair technicians in a six-bench layout.

Published: 1/3/2011

Tooling: Setting Up Shop—Part II of III
Many repair shops in molding facilities are too small, poorly lit, and inefficiently designed.

Published: 9/1/2010

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.

Published: 8/1/2010

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.