amerimold 2014 Technical Conference Program
All sessions, times and presenters are subject to change.
|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014|
SESSION: Reactive and Proactive Simulation
Where does simulation fit in and where doesn’t it? What scenarios fit for one approach vs. another? Both reactive and proactive approaches will be covered, including discussion about how moldmakers get paid for this service and how to avoid common “enemies” that cause unscheduled downtime.
Director of Engineering
Tim Lankisch has been an employee of CAE Services Corporation for over twenty years. For the last fifteen years, he has served as Engineering Manager or Director of Engineering. CAE Services has been the leading supplier of injection molding simulation services in North America since its founding in 1988. Tim graduated with a B.S. in Physics and A.A. in Mathematics from Thomas More College, and pursued a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is Expert Certified in Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and leads a team of five other Expert Certified engineers. His current interests are in performing correlation studies in various facets of injection molding as they relate to Moldflow.John Snawerdt - Moldex 3D
John Snawerdt is currently an application engineer in Moldex3D Northern America and has now been with Moldex3D for two and a half years. John leads the software services division by providing customers with on-time precise analyses for a wide variety of customers and different parts. John received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.Eldon Leidich - Extreme
Mold Design/Simulation Engineer
Eldon Leidich is currently a design engineer employed at Extreme Tool and Engineering in Wakefield MI. Extreme provides injection mold design, manufacture and validation services for the packaging, medical, electronics and automotive markets. Eldon has been with Extreme since 2005, starting in electrode manufacture, programming and automation, then moving into tool design and simulation. Extreme uses Moldex3D E Design to make part design recommendations, verify tool designs, and to explore processing related challenges, to improve the chances of a successful first sample. Eldon is also a RJG certified Master Molder I.
Eldon is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and after graduation searched for employment in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, finding employment at Extreme.
Living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan allows Eldon to enjoy the outdoors, feeding his passion for fly fishing, snowboarding and backpacking.
Eldon can be contacted through Extreme’s web site @ www.extremetool.com
SESSION: The Dollars and Sense of Additive Manufacturing and Conformal Cooling
Meeting customer needs today requires going beyond just building a mold; it means recommending techniques for cycle reduction, too. Panelists will share where it makes dollars and sense to apply alternative manufacturing and cooling approaches, and where it does not. Attendees will learn the importance of doing more engineering than traditionally required so their customers can achieve the increase in productivity they desire, and so the mold builder can secure future business
Robert Beard & Associates
Robert A. Beard is president of Robert A. Beard & Associates, Inc. and has over 40 years of experience in the plastic industry. His corporation provides technical and management expertise to the plastic industry, OEM's, and the medical industry. He has been a General Manager for a custom injection molding division, spent 10
Principle Learning Experience Designer
After working for a family owned machine shop and graduating with a B.S. in Manufacturing from Western Michigan University, Jay has spent 29 years as a project engineer, customer support engineer, trainer, training material developer and product designer for Moldflow and now Autodesk. Jay started his career as a Project Engineer where he worked with customers optimizing mold designs using Moldflow to make tools that fill better and cool the part efficiently. During most of Jay’s career, he has been in some way involved with training, starting as a trainer and since 2000 the primary developer of training material for injection molding simulation products. Using his knowledge of tooling design, Jay has taught Moldflow and written training material for Moldflow with the understanding of the importance of good tooling design in mind. Jay is the editor of the book Moldflow Design Guide. Also since 2001, Jay has managed the certification program for Moldflow programs, including writing and grading all exams given worldwide. He is a member of the SIM Squad, a group of Autodesk simulation experts committed to uncovering and discussing the trends, issues and developments in the world of simulation. Today, Jay’s role in Autodesk not only continues his tradition of working with training materials and certification, he works closely with Autodesk user experience designers and developers to ensure Autodesk products fit the needs of the injection molding and tooling industries.
Director-New Business Development, Tooling & Mfg
As Linear Mold & Engineering’s Director of New Business Development – Tooling & Manufacturing, Lou Young is on the frontline educating both new and existing customers of the benefits of conformal cooling. Overall, he provides strategic direction for the Linear tooling and manufacturing salesforce.
SESSION: Demystifying Venting Options: What Approach Matches What Problem?
Many part quality issues—weld lines, flow lines, sinks, bubbles, burning, dimensional stability, etc.—can be traced to inadequate mold venting, which is still considered a “black art” at times. Panelists will review areas to consider when assessing venting effectiveness and address strategies for optimal venting. They will begin with an overview of several best practices and then do a closer examination of the top two. Attendees will learn how to eliminate or decrease adjustments to the tool during validation, yielding better part quality at an improved cycle time
Senior Design Engineer
Ken Rumore is no stranger to the tooling industry and his credentials prove out that statement. He is a certified Die Maker, Die Designer, Mold Maker, Mold Designer and Programmer. Ken designed molds and die cast dies of many types for over 25 years including molds heavy in mechanism including unscrewing, in-mold coining, stack, insert, large multi cavity molds and many others.
Ken joined Progressive in 2007 as Design Engineer, responsible for performance, testing and specifications of products, both for those that are currently available and for those in development. Ken also provides top level engineering support of our products and their application to customers who call with questions.
Having a keen interest in Metallurgy Ken has applied this knowledge to provide products that perform longer for our customers, applying customized treatments combined with steel selection and testing.
He says, “When I speak to customers, my experience in this industry makes me feel as if I know them all.”
Ken feels his humble beginnings in metal stamping and mold making gave way to a wide range of experience in tooling and design.
“Trouble shooting molds at trials gave me a lot of feedback to my design efforts and was a great learning experience,” he explains. “I started pushing a pencil (for mold design) and to date have used almost every 3D software out there. I was fortunate to be one of the very first to use Pro Engineer for Mold design and CNC programming.”
Call Ken with any engineering questions or challenges and he’ll be happy to assist. He can be reached at 800-269-6653, or email him at Ken.Rumore@procomps.com.
Paul Britton - International Mold Steel
National Sales Manager, Mold Products Division
Paul W. Britton is the National Sales Manager for International Mold Steel, Inc. (Florence, KY). He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and is a 27 year veteran of the specialty steel market. Paul has been with International Mold Steel since its inception in 1991. Paul has worked closely with the Rubber and Plastics molding market for over 23 years.Bob Salhaney - DME Company
Bob Salhaney is a product engineer for DME Company, LLC in Madison Heights, Michigan. He has over 35 years of experience in developing and applying solutions within the plastics industry. In addition, he has been published in a variety of trade journals, has spoken at both NPE and SPE seminars, and has been involved with the training of customers in the U.S. and abroad.
Andrew Samrick - Paragon D&E
Managing Director, Advanced Mfg. Division
Over the past twenty years, Andrew Samrick has emerged as a leading practitioner of operational execution and organizational development. Leadership roles in YPO’s Global Automotive Network, Global Deal Network and Manufacturing Excellence network refined skills developed during his successful tenure as President at Mill Steel Company. His resulting strength in strategic implementation made him the resource of choice to help Paragon D&E achieve its growth and profitability expectations.
Having managed acquisitions and deployments around the globe, Samrick brings unique insight into the financial, technical, and interpersonal challenges inherent in the development and successful completion of technology upgrades.
SESSION: When Things Go Wrong: Firefighters Share Experiences from the Field
OEMs want to know what their suppliers are doing to avoid being plagued by short- and long-term tooling problems, and these “tales from the front lines” can guide specifications to prevent issues from arising. Q&A session follows from 11:30 AM - Noon.
Sigma Plastic Services, Inc.
Matt Proske is the Vice President of SIGMA Plastic Services, Inc., in Schaumburg, IL. SIGMA, a subsidiary of MAGMA, develops, sells, and supports SIGMASOFT®, virtual injection molding process simulation software. Proske has spent his 14-year career with MAGMA & SIGMA implementing MAGMASOFT® and SIGMASOFT® into production and tooling companies processing thermoplastic, thermoset (injection and pressure gel), elastomer (natural and LSR), PIM (MIM and CIM), liquid metal and semi-solid metallic materials.Rod Groleau - RJG, Inc.
Rod Groleau has worked in the plastics industry for over 40 years. His experience and in-depth knowledge of the injection molding process have made him a leader in the industry. He received a Bachelor's Degree of Engineering from Kettering University (General Motors Institute) and a Master's Degree from Michigan State University. After a stint as a Plastic Process Engineer with A. C. Spark Plug, he co-founded Control Process, Inc. (CPI) to apply electronic control technology to the injection molding process. While at CPI he developed the industry's first Process Control System to control the molding process by monitoring plastics variables, he also invented the first commercial Mold Pressure Sensor, and developed a complete product line of specialized controls and information systems for plastic injection molders.
Project Engineer, Quality & Simulation Services
KEVIN KLOTZ is a 35 year veteran of the Plastics Engineering and Manufacturing industry. He is currently the Senior Project Engineer; Simulation Services – QA for the MGS Mfg Group. Mr. Klotz is a graduate of Michigan Technological University (BSME) and is also a graduate of Moraine Park Technical Institute. Before creating and leading the Simulation Services Group at MGS, Kevin spent 15+ years serving Rockwell Automation in senior project engineering and project management roles. Accomplishments included creation and instruction of a proprietary training program in Product Design taught to development groups throughout RA worldwide. Mr. Klotz is currently leading the use of CAE simulation technology and additive manufacturing technology to benefit customer product designs and tool design optimization at MGS.Mike Zacharias - Extreme
Mike Zacharias is currently president of Extreme Tool and Engineering in Wakefield Michigan. Extreme has been in business since July of 1998, and currently employs 80 people in (2) facilities in Michigan. Extreme is a leading supplier of Turnkey Plastic Injection Mold Solutions for Packaging, Medical, Electronics, and Automotive Markets.
Mike’s background is largely Hands On, as he began his career by serving a moldmaker apprenticeship in the 80’s, and then progressed into mold design, project engineering, project management, and plant management (all over USA) before starting Extreme. Mike has been actively involved in Tool and Die and Moldmaking for last 30 years.
Mike also helped start and is President of another tool making facility in China called Cosmos Tooling Solutions in 2008, and this facility has a direct/seamless relationship with extreme as well. Cosmos now has 70 employees and has been a very successful startup moldmaking company.
Outside Extreme, Mike is very active within our industry, serves on several colleges advisory committees, and is a Moldmaking Technology Magazine Advisory Committee member as well as active member of several trade organizations including AMBA, SPI, and MAPP. Mike runs Extreme with his wife Shari, and (2) College Age daughters, and owns a farm in Kimball Wisconsin. Mike’s passion is bow hunting (Worldwide), and he is always happy to share hunting stories with those who enjoy the same!
Mike can be contacted through extreme’s web site @ www.extremetool.com