Mold Maintenance & Repair

OCT 2015

Mold Maintenance & Repair

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2 Mold Maintenance & Repair F R O M T H E E D I T O R S Jim Callari EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/ ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Plastics Technology Making Maintenance and Repair Work The right technology, the right people and the right approach are essential to improving the way you maintain and repair molds. J i m C a l l a r i Christina Fuges EDITORIAL DIRECTOR MoldMaking Technology Mold maintenance and repair is a team effort. It involves communication and collaboration among suppliers, mold manufacturers and customers worldwide to ensure that the ap- propriate people, technologies and processes are put in place to keep a mold running. It is critical that this aspect of the mold manufacturing process not be undervalued, and oftentimes it is. Many shops continue to express their frustration with the lack of the right people, technologies and processes to properly maintain and repair molds. People. Plant managers often do not under stand or appreciate the level of training required for proper preventive maintenance (PM). Tooling PM technicians do not appreci- ate the value of the molds they are working on and how important their service function is. Shop personnel want to work on new tools rather than repairs. Processes. Systems are not always proactive enough, so many PM events are unplanned and eat up critical planned PM time and re- sources. Systems need to be better connected and data entry needs to be more accurate, so scheduling teams have the right information for decision-making. Technologies. Although basic maintenance may remain the same for all molds, as mold complexity continues to grow, so will the frequency of mold maintenance and repairs. A lack of knowledge persists about the latest products and equipment to better maintain and repair molds. This, in turn, yields a lack of investment in solutions to many mold problems. It is with this in mind that MoldMaking Technology and Plastics Technology bring you our third annual Mold Maintenance & Repair supplement. This edition sets out to address some of the common pain points felt by those charged with making the eventual repair or verifying that the appropriate PM is taking place. For example, developing an effective maintenance strategy, designing an effcient layout and workfow, implementing specialized training, employing nontraditional cleaning or surface treatment methods, or using unique mold-repair techniques. More specifcally, we'll take a look at the use of a spotting press in mold validation, dry ice blasting for mold cleaning, using ultrasonics to optimize mold maintenance, creating a systematic approach to maintenance and repair, and the benefts of in-house laser welding. If the right tools and working environment are in place, maintenance and repair work be- comes less painful, allowing jobs to be fnished more easily and effciently.

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