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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.

Published: 7/1/2010

Confessions of a Mold Manual Junkie
OK, I admit it, I’m a manual junkie.

Published: 6/1/2010

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...

Published: 4/1/2010

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.

Published: 3/1/2010

Communication Is Key in Designing Blown Film Dies
Over the years I have bought, designed, or helped design quite a number of blown film dies.

Published: 2/1/2010

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.