Mold Maintenance & Repair

OCT 2013

Mold Maintenance & Repair

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F e at U R e By Steve Johnson Efcient Maintenance Requires A Calculated Plan Advancing from a mold repair culture to a mold maintenance culture can only be fully supported with a companywide understanding of what the real costs are and what the real potential savings can be. Ask a manager at an injection molding facility to self grade their mold maintenance department. is it an A (a highly systemized, highly organized, highly standardized data-driven shop) or is it an F where a frefghting culture is the norm? More often than not, the self grade would be a d or F, versus an A or b. Follow up that question by asking what that less-than-optimal maintenance environment costs the company each year, and it becomes clear that it's not thoroughly quantifed. While managers may often have walking around numbers in mind (for example, cavitation percentage targets, fnancial targets), when it comes to what the lack of a Chris Gedwed, General Manager of Cosmetic Specialties International, reviews ToolingDocs' eight stages of systemized mold repair and troubleshooting flowchart with his team. 4 Mold Maintenance & Repair

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