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Published: 9/22/2014

TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part 1
A robust process window relies a lot on tooling. So it stands to reason that making a tool change to address issues provides a more robust solution

Published: 6/19/2014

TOOLING: Balancing the Heat Budget In Injection Molds
Basic formulas for how much heat you must pull out of the mold to achieve a set cycle time

Published: 2/25/2014

Leverage Your Cooling Power
You can predict the amount of heat you'll need to remove from parts before ejection with reasonable accuracy if you know polymer thermal properties and certain other rules of thumb.

Published: 10/24/2013

How to Start a Hot-Runner Mold That Has No Tip Insulators
Here's a method to assist with efficient dark-to-light color changes on hot-runner systems that are hot-tipped.

Published: 12/28/2012

Maintenance Training? Show Me the Money
Training works best if a goals are set and a plan is established to meet them.

Published: 10/26/2012

The Cost of Doing Nothing
Most people usually associate costs with doing something.

Published: 7/30/2012

Maintenance Terms of Endearment
Look closely at your company’s mold maintenance language and formalize your approach to create a clear and concise picture—one that can be measured.

Published: 3/26/2012

The Value of 20 Bits of Data
With these 20 bits of data, toolrooms can drastically lower the cost of keeping molds running and improve mold reliability and tooling life while reducing breakdowns and molding better parts.

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.