Mold Maintenance & Repair

OCT 2016

Mold Maintenance & Repair

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F E AT U R E 8 Mold Maintenance & Repair As it expanded its molding operations, Henkel realized it would need to add more than mold- ing machines—namely, a toolroom. Robert Gattshall has been in injection molding long enough to know a skilled tool- maker is a molder's best friend. When job No. 1 is running quality parts, and you know that isn't possible without a functioning, well-maintained tool, you begin to appreciate just how import- ant it is to have a moldmaker on staff. In April 2014, Greg Krueger, director of opera- tions for Henkel's Richmond, Missouri, site, recruited Gattshall to manage the engineering group for the Adhesive Technologies operation of the German conglomerate. Krueger's big-pic- ture plan was to establish an in-house toolroom, and bringing in Gattshall was just the beginning. As new products began launching, the absence of a toolroom became more and more problem- atic for the plant, which specializes in making bonding, sealing and surface treatments. When it initially ramped up injection, Henkel outsourced tool maintenance to Chicago-area moldmakers that were more than 500 miles and seven-plus hours away. "It was identified that there was no way we could continue to do business hav- ing all those tools trucked to Chicago for repairs," Gattshall says. Back then, it could take five days just to ship a mold to Chicago for maintenance, given the size of some of the tools Henkel deals with. By Tony Deligio Tool Maintenance: A Molder's Must-Have Equipping a toolroom for proper mold maintenance and repair takes more than just the right technology. In addition to a 10-ton overhead crane, Henkel Richmond's toolroom is outfitted with grinders, mills, lathes, EDMs, drill presses and a laser welder. Images courtesy of Henkel.

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