amerimold 2014 Technical Conference Program

All sessions, times and presenters are subject to change.

ENGINEER | BUILD | MAINTAIN | KNOWLEDGE CENTER | SPECIAL EVENTS | THERMOPLASTIC

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
10:00 am - 10:30 am | SESSION: Engineer: Scientific Runner Design to Increase Productivity
Why is it that every time you start up a brand-new injection mold that you expect it to fail? Why is it that your $100,000+ multi cavity mold creates parts that warp differently from each other or some parts have flash and some parts can’t fill? Why are you using "naturally balanced runners" if they are not providing a balance? Why do you use runners with graduated diameters? How do you size your runners?  This presentation will touch on how the above are related and how many of our state-of-the-art runner design practices, engineering methods and tools are the source of our biggest problems and roadblocks to increased productivity.
Andrew Clouse - Nifco North America
Tooling Manager
Alex Beaumont - Beaumont Technologies
Plastics Engineer
10:30 am - 11:00 am | SESSION: Engineer: Mold Design Reimagined
Aalbers Tool & Mold has more than doubled its sales—without growing the engineering department—since switching its machining software back in 2007. Moving to 3D and being able to simulate complete mold assemblies are just two of the secrets to its success. The creators of the TopSolid family of products will introduce the future of mold design with a newly rewritten version that  includes plastic flow analysis and cavity/core split technology. Come learn what the future of mold design can really look like.
Gary Aalbers - Aalbers Tool and Mold
Owner
Bill Genc - Missler Software
Technical Director
11:30 am - 12:00 am | SESSION: Engineer: Avoiding Unrealistic Expectations when Implementing Simultaneous 5-Axis
Moldmakers have embraced the concept of five-axis machining for many years, and most of them are actually doing positional five-axis or 3+2 axis machining. It is not until recently that the combination of easy to use, accurate five-axis machines and powerful five-axis CAM for moldmakers,  has allowed simultaneous five-axis machining to gather steam and acceptance. This presentation is going to discuss the differences in five-axis functions for moldmakers versus other industries; the differences in simultaneous versus positional five-axis; the ratio of 3+2 axis to simultaneous five-axis and when to use one or the other; and, tips on mills, controllers and five-axis machining. The attendee should have a better understanding of what to look for in choosing a five-axis mill and CAM system, and how not to have an unrealistic expectation regarding implementing simultaneous five-axis. 
Bill Berry - Die Tech & Engineering
President
Jeff Jaje - Vero Software
Marketing & Business Development Manager
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | SESSION: Engineer: Animate It! Save Time and Money in Mold Manufacturing with CAD Animation
Many companies understand that using animation to show the motion in CAD files will eliminate problems downstream in the manufacturing process.   Yet many companies fail to use this technology. This presentation will discuss common obstacles to including animation of CAD models as part of the design to manufacture process. It will offer suggestions for successfully adopting this process in the mold building process. Presenters will demonstrate how to easily automate mold CAD designs to ensure adequate  travel on lifters and slides,  appropriate part ejection for robot/manual removal, adequate clearance between parts and opened mold for end of arm tooling to reach the part, and verification of no action collisions. 
Sean Demers - Synergetic Innovative Solutions
Engineering Manager/Chief Training Spec
Scott Sweeney - Kubotek
Vice President of Marketing
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | SESSION: Build: Material Properties and Welding Guidelines for Aluminum Mold Alloys
Increasing attention on aluminum for mold applications has forced frequent advances in alloys and processes for aluminum materials.  This session will help make sense of the various alloys and trade names associated with aluminum mold plates.  Alloys from the 5000, 2000, 6000 and 7000 series alloy families will be discussed.  The various production techniques, and respective strengths and weaknesses of each alloy family will also be reviewed.  Welding repair of 7000 series aluminum plate is typically the most difficult aluminum plate alloy to weld. This presentation will highlight technique and filler wire advancements, as well as best welding practices.  Samples of welds for many typical mold alloys will be available for examination.
Ryan Reamer - Quest Industries
Welding Supervisor
Matt Kaye - Clinton Aluminum
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | SESSION: Build: The Next Level of Efficient Machining: Technology to Improve Mold Base and Insert Machining
Increased speed and accuracy results in money savings and potentially higher profits.  This is true for all manufacturing sectors. Large investments are already being made at many tool shops in precise five-axis machining centers. Why not take it to the next level, get your ROI on the machine faster? During this technical presentation you will see what options you can use with your current machining centers to better utilize for mold base and insert machining.
Brenda Clark - HASCO America, Inc.
Engineering Manager
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | SESSION: Build: Is Your Lights Out as Profitable As It Could Be?
This hard milling service shop to the plastic injection mold building industry "gets it" when it comes to operations efficiency and profitability. This presentation will examine what it means to be truly "lights out"with a look at what's required and what's possible through the right processes and people in place.  
Corey Greenwald - Hard Milling Solutions
Owner
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | SESSION: Build: Three Reasons to Put a Dynamic Spin on Your Hard Milling Efforts
One of the most time-consuming processes facing mold manufacturers today is the time invested while roughing stock and preparing components for final machining. Generally, programming times are more involved, and tooling costs are higher relative to semi-finishing and finishing mold components. Efficient material removal strategies, combined with advanced tooling procedures are allowing manufacturers to save time and money during these critical roughing operations. Manufacturers like Extreme are turning to advanced optimized roughing strategies as an essential part of their approach to manufacturing. By employing techniques such as high feed roughing and trochoidal milling, manufacturers are decreasing their overall investment in the time required to predictably maximize material removal in a host of various mold related materials. Maximized material removal, higher table feeds and an increase in overall tool life yields a reliable cost-effective method when roughing difficult- to-machine materials. 
Mike Zacharias - Extreme
President
Bill Bogue - Seco Tools
Product Specialist
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
10:00 am - 10:30 am | SESSION: Maintain: 3D Printing Offer a Giant Step for Short-Run Injection Molds
Learn more about the possibilities of using printed molds to cut your injection molded prototypes turnaround times. We will discuss product offerings, material selection and recent success stories, as well as process limitations, and some tips and tricks for successful molding.
Nadav Sella - Stratasys
Manager-Toolings Solutions Worldwide
10:30 am - 11:00 am | SESSION: Maintain: Guaranteeing What You Sell: How Proper Mold Management Protects the Mold Builder and His Customer
More and more, mold buyers are asking if their mold builders will “stand behind what they sell”. Accordingly, more and more mold builders are less confident that systematic maintenance will be performed on what are becoming increasingly complex tools. Rather than avoiding the topic of warranties, some are embracing it as an opportunity, if done right. New approaches have gained traction to address the gap in communication and practices that long existed. Testimonials will be shared from industry leaders about how they are able to provide more while risking less.  Takeaways will include: templates and practices one could put into place immediately, and tips on how to work with the OEM/customer to establish a warranty program that is a win-win scenario for both of you.
Chuck Klingler - Janler Corporation
Vice President
Lorena Magnelli Fisher - AST Technology
Global Account Manager
11:30 am - 12:00 pm | SESSION: Maintain: Get the Most Out of Your Molds: Strategies for Increasing Mold Longevity and Production
This presentation will explore ways to get the best out of your molds by employing the right coatings to protect from corrosion and wear, and how to use coatings and finishes to increase mold longevity and production.
Robert Lammon - Phoenix Proto Technologies
Director of Operations and Founder,
Harry Raimondi - Bales Mold Service
Technical Services Manager
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm | SESSION: Distributed Computing: A Technology for Transforming Your Business
When people hear the phrase distributed computing they get visions of big companies and enterprise software; however, distributed computing is much more. This presentation will explain how distributed computing can be applied in your CNC programming operations to significantly reduce the time it takes users to get from model to mold. Thus expanding their ability to iterate on more designs in less time, resulting in higher quality while dealing with the inevitabilities of change requests, moving delivery schedules, shop capacity, and more.
Anthony Graves - Autodesk CAM
Product Manager, CAM
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | SESSION: Sponsored by MAKINO-Build: FCS System precision work holding basics and the application of Guideline Software with FCS
The application of FCS System work holding improves productivity by reducing setup time from hours to minutes.  The result is more time cutting metal.  FCS System repeatability is ±0.006 mm or better for most clamping components.  This enables parts to be pulled off the machine or to be transferred from one machine to another without having to tram the part back into position.  The known zero point, precision and repeatability of FCS enables the end-user to immediately start cutting.  The ability to configure FCS System clamping utilizing 3-D models during the part processing stage can optimize the work piece position for machining.  This enables the most efficient position of the work piece to machine complex angles and features without readjusting the work piece for every feature.
Darrell Johnson - Single Source Technologies
Product Manager Milling Consumables
Brad Cook - Single Source Technologies
SST Application Engineer/Sales Engineer

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