The Event For
Mold Manufacturing

June 15-16, 2016 • Novi, MI
Suburban Collection Showplace


Technical Conference Program

SESSION: Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Aluminum Tooling
8:00 am - 8:45 am
For many high-volume automotive applications in which rigid polyolefins are used, aluminum tooling permits operation on reduced clamp tonnage molding machines and decreases cycle times up to 50 percent or more versus traditional P-20 steel. This presentation will discuss applications where aluminum tooling works best, typical development times compared to those with steel tooling, best practices and lessons learned over several years of production usage.
Darcy King - C.E.O, Unique Tool And Gauge

Kevin Klotz - Simulation Engineer, MGS MFG Group

SESSION: KEYNOTE: Putting Data to Work for Your Business
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Come learn about global tool and die industry trends and data to better equip yourself for more productive discussions with investors, employees and customers. Harbour Results will share insights from its latest business intelligence tool that provides real-time access to information critical to the tool and die manufacturing industries—performance benchmarking, operational data, financial insights, sales and marketing information or industry trends. This information will help unlock the door to information you need to optimize your business.  This presentation will also offer perspective from a few shops willing to share the actions they took to better their businesses as a result of an assessment.
James Ricci - Managing Director, Harbour Results

SESSION: Advantages of Age-Hardened Mold Steels
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Age-hardened mold steels supplied at HRC40 continue to dominate the Japanese and South East Asian mold markets decades after they were introduced. The presentation reveals why by explaining the age hardening process compared to quench and temper processes, defining its advantages, exploring the science behind its superior machinability, detailing how it eliminates the need for intermediate stress relieving, reviewing the required welding process that yields the perfect weld to match a polish or texture, and discussing design considerations for taking full advantage of age-hardened mold steels. 
Tim Schade - , International Mold Steel

Roland Krevitt - , Redwood Engineering

Ed Bernard - Director of Research, Crest Mold Technology

SESSION: 3D Printing Impacts Production Mold Design
11:00 am - 11:45 am
3D-printed mold prototypes can serve as a testing ground to quickly prove out production mold design options. This presentation takes a look at one project that put this theory to the test. An easy-to-mount sealing plug needed to be produced for a clamping fixture to seal a large number of threaded holes. An initial cost analysis and design review revealed that this plug type could not be economically produced by conventional injection molding. A collaborative prototyping method that combines 3D-printed cavities, cores and slide faces with a quick-change mold system and standard components was used and permitted rapid, low-cost prototypes that helped design and manufacture a better production mold.
Brenda Clark - Engineering Manager, Hasco

James Kesteloot - , TST Tooling Software Technology

SESSION: Managing All that Data
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Used correctly, PDM can help make the most of your design and machining information. In its simplest form, it manages the storage and versioning of data, and records who used or modified the data last. A good PDM solution will do this for all data types. Many companies believe PDM is un-obtainable because they expect the systems to be cumbersome to use and expensive to implement. However, the reality is that every single manufacturing company needs a PDM system in order to be more profitable. This session will highlight one mold builder’s challenge with the flow of data when a design change occurs.
Bill Genc - Technical Director, Missler Software

Richard Polenick - , Ellwood Specialty Steel