Mold Maintenance & Repair

OCT 2014

Mold Maintenance & Repair

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October 2014 1 2 From the Editors The Everyday Mold Experience Maintenance and repair are critical to meeting manufacturing goals. F E AT U R E S 4 Hot Runner Running Effciently? Follow these tips to set up your system and keep it running smoothly. By Craig Kovacic 8 In-Machine Mold Cleaning Using dry ice micro-particles can increase productivity, lower costs and extend mold life. By Steve Wilson 12 In-House Laser Welding Offers Quick ROI Increasing pressure for ever-faster turnaround has made outsourcing laser welding impractical for these three providers of mold repair and maintenance services. By Matthew Danford 16 Think Big Simply accessing monitoring data online, in real time, can help you address underperforming tools and build new ones when needed. By Tom Knight 20 Products PUBLISHERS Richard G. Kline, Jr. Claude J. Mas EDITORS Christina Fuges James J. Callari Matthew Danford El McKenzie Matthew H. Naitove ADVERTISING MANAGER Becky Helton ART DIRECTOR Carla Turner About the cover: Cover photo courtesy of ToolingDocs. Hot runner systems are being used on 60 percent of all new molds built today. Practically every plastics molder deals with hot runner issues every day. ToolingDocs' Hot Runner Maintenance and Repair Certification course teaches attendees solid hot runner mainte- nance principles that keep these systems properly maintained for optimal performance with less downtime. C O N T E N T S O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 4 12

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