The Event For
Mold Manufacturing

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


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 - President / CEO , Unique Tool & Gauge Inc.

Kevin Klotz - Simulation Engineer, MGS Mfg. Group, Inc

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, Inc.

Brian Bendig - President, Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing

Shaun Karn - Executive Vice President/CFO, HI-TECH MOLD & ENGINEERING, INC.

Steven Lenardon - President \ Operations Manager, Arlen Tool Co Ltd

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. 
Thomas M. Schade - Executive Vice President, International Mold Steel, Inc.

Roland Krevitt - President, Redwood Engineering Company

Ed Bernard - Research & Development, 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 America, Inc.

James Kesteloot - President, TST Tooling Software Technology LLC

SESSION: Heat Treatment of Mold and Die Steel - The Basics
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Mold and die steels can be supplied pre-hardened or in a soft condition to facilitate machining. If machined soft, the steel must be hardened to enable the material to withstand the demands of a production environment. Heat treatment is the process for hardening or altering the internal struc-ture of steels. Several processes can be used to achieve the desired end condition. Once considered an art, modern heat treatment has been refined by science and technology to a reliable and repeata-ble process. The presentation reviews quench and temper hardening, annealing, stress relieving and surface hardening.
Richard Polenick - Technical Manager, Ellwood Specialty Steel Co.

Bill Genc - Technical Director, Missler Software