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Winton R.,ToolingDocs LLC
Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2013

All mold builders perform mold repair, usually on molds they built. But few strategize to also offer ongoing mold maintenance services. A system has been developed for training and certifying mold builders and to put in place a documentation software system that enables them to serve as an extension of molders' toolrooms, thus freeing up a molder's employees for only the most specialized on-site emergency mold repair work. This system, called 'Certified Maintenance Provider', consists of training, software installation, and subsequent auditing, in order to position a mold builder to bccome a source for maintenance within the company's immediate region. Source


Johnson S.,ToolingDocs LLC
Plastics Technology | Year: 2011

Steven Johnson, the operations manager for ToolingDocs LLC, advices toolroom managers of a mold shop how to lead their team effectively. In the trade of mold repair, leadership usually comes in the form of a repair technician or journeyman toolmaker whose skills and experience rises above the rest and has a solid reputation in troubleshooting and repairing molds. In order to lead effectively and change a long-standing reactive culture, tool-room managers must base more decisions on accurate data. This data not only tracks and measures high-cost issues, but qualifies specific procedures that must be followed to ensure safe and proven techniques that result in consistent and reliable mold performance. Toolmanagers should employ a documentation system that allows standardization of terms in a structured format. They must post in the shop weekly reports that reveal the top 10 mold-stop reasons, defects, and corrective actions by frequency and repair costs. Source


Johnson S.,ToolingDocs LLC
Plastics Technology | Year: 2011

Some of the steps that need to be taken by plastic operations to create work cell are discussed. A work cell is an arrangement of resources in a manufacturing environment to improve the quality, speed, and cost of a process by examining the process flow and eliminating waste. It is essential to reduce the steps and time necessary to perform the PMs and cleanings before reducing or eliminating any of the procedures. It is also essential to remember that workbench size and related tools will be dictated by the type, size, and number of molds for most of the part. Source


Johnson S.,ToolingDocs LLC
Plastics Technology | Year: 2011

A mold tooling technician needs to look at the decision process used to determine the tooling to replace a worn out mold tooling component. The technician needs to follow this process to better understand the corrective-action options that are faced by him or her every day. There are basically two categories of defects that repair technicians have to deal with when replacing worn out mold tooling components. They are mold function issues that do not directly affect the part and tooling issues that affect the part geometry. All defects need to be recorded and tracked by mold position so that one can look for patterns or trends that can point to insufficient cooling, heating, or runner and flow balance, along with gate and venting issues and other process-related root causes. Technicians also need to remember that mold position numbers never change and need to be stamped, etched, or ground into plates and tooling so that components are put in Appropriate places. Source


Johnson S.,ToolingDocs LLC
Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2012

Molding shops and mold builders realize more and more that the continued practices of a reactive "fix it when it breaks" maintenance strategy is an exercise in futility. Excessive tooling and labor costs, missed production shipments and repeating part quality issues caused by knee jerk solutions and quick, cheap repairs stifle company growth. Changing a long standing reactive maintenance culture involves understanding the "5 factors of focus" that control tool room performance. Source

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