The Event For
Mold Manufacturing

June 14-15, 2017 • Rosemont, IL
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center


Technical Conference Program

SESSION: Control Costs and Shorten Leadtimes with the Right Automated Solution
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Shop owners must understand, invest and implement competitive tools to effectively compete. Automated machining technologies can help mold shops achieve dramatic improvements in quality, reliability and productivity that directly impact long-term, bottom-line growth and overall competitiveness. This presentation will review automated solutions from simple robot load/unload cells to complex multi-machine and closed-loop processing cells, as they all play a key role in controlling costs and shortening leadtimes by increasing machine utilization while reducing labor content and improving part consistency and quality.
John W. Bradford - Die Mold Automation Manager, Makino

Alan Zielinski - Application Engineer, Open Mind Technologies

SESSION: Improving Surface Finish and Part Performance in Injection Molding - NO DISTRIBUTION
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The process of sequential injection molding has made it possible to produce single-cavity, multi-gated, large injection-molded components without cosmetic defects, such as weld lines. However, current technology still produces undesirable results. This presentation reviews how new servo-driven valve-gated hot runner technology can improve this condition for class “A” surface finish parts, raise performance levels and reduce part weight. 
John Blundy - President, INglass USA / HRS Flow

David Pedersen - EDM Applications Engineer / Sales Specialist, Poco Graphite

SESSION: Embracing Five-Axis Machining for Ultra-Precision Parts - NO DISTRIBUTION
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Five-axis machining introduces a host of new challenges when it comes to high part accuracy, precision and quality, particularly when using machining strategies such as high-speed machining, hard milling, high-performance machining, micro machining, multiplatform machining and high-dynamic machining. This presentation will provide recommendations for evaluating a five-axis machine to achieve the most ultra-precision parts. Topics include accuracy, precision, machine tool terminology, five-axis machine geometry, guideway systems, drive and motion technology, machine kinematics, tooling interfaces, spindle, machine environment and more. 
Gary Zurek - Sales Manager, KERN Precision, Inc.

Michael Gaunce - Sales Support Engineer, SCHUNK

SESSION: Automated Shop Floor Inspection
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Progressive moldmakers are adopting in-process quality inspection techniques based on model-based definition, which keeps the all-important digital thread intact. The right inspection software programs should run all brands and models of portable CMM arms, scanners, laser trackers, optical trackers and many stationary CMMs. This presentation provides an overview on how to program and operate stationary and portable CMMs, how to implement computer aided inspection with model based definition and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, the combined benefits of lean inspection practices, and CMM open standards that reduce costs and maximize return on investment. 
Scott Knoche - Regional Manager, Verisurf Software, Inc.

Ryan Weekes - North American Sales Manager, CGS North America (CAM-TOOL)

SESSION: Modular Workholding for Productionizing Mold Manufacturing - NO DISTRIBUTION
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Moldmakers can benefit from a clamping system able to be used in all machining operations. This presentation will highlight one such system that is ideal for large mold and die components. Its modularity allows the user to combine the elements based on specific needs and its versatility permits easy integration to a pallet and facilitates rigid workholding and quick changeovers. It further enables the ability to examine horizontal machine solutions to improve spindle utilization and productionize work flow by ensuring repeatability across machine platforms.
Darrell Johnson - Product Manager, Single Source Technologies

Gisbert Ledvon - Director of Business Development, GF Machining Solutions