Mold Maintenance & Repair

OCT 2014

Mold Maintenance & Repair

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F E AT U R E 12 Mold Maintenance & Repair Successful molders understand that their busi- ness isn't selling parts. Rather, it's selling time between platens. Rich Oles says that's the prevailing view at Stone Plastics & Manufacturing, particularly in the wake of a period of rapid expansion. Going from 40 to 65 injection presses in recent years had the Zeeland, Michigan, molder scrambling In-House Laser Welding Offers Quick ROI Increasing pressure for ever-faster turnaround has made outsourcing this operation impractical for these three providers of mold repair and maintenance services. By Matthew Danford To alleviate flash, Hoffer Plastics Corp. apprentice Shannon Duffy uses the ECO160 Eco Laser with a 0.015-inch-diameter rod to weld the ID of a chrome-plated Ampco core. Images courtesy of Hoffer Plastics Corp. to keep up with the periodic mold repair and maintenance work required to keep the ma- chinery running at capacity. Although breaking the bottleneck required major changes in the toolroom, one of the very frst steps stands out

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