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Mold-Masters Announces Opening of New Sales Support Office in Shanghai

Mold-Master is hot runner systems company who has taken another step in extending its global presence with the opening of its first Chinese office, in Shanghai. This new operation will further enhance Mold-Masters’ regional capabilities in a demanding Asian market and strengthen the company’s commitment to innovative service and support with a regional focus.

Mold-Masters chose Shanghai for its first Chinese office because it is one of East Asia’s busiest manufacturing areas. The new office will offer direct local assistance for spare parts, technical service, and application support. It currently employs five sales and service personnel.

An Heid, who holds a Bachelor of Plastic Mechanical Engineering degree from Beijing Chemical University, will manage the new operation. An has worked for Mold-Masters since 1991 in various capacities, most recently the company’s Asian business manager and general manager. want to buy hot runner mold?

Singapore’s MTA 2003 to Offer Four Major Concurrent Trade Events

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hot runner mold

Visit MTA 2003 in Singapore next May 20-24 and you’ll have the opportunity to see four major shows running concurrently at the Singapore Expo Centre: Metal Asia 2003, a metalworking show; Metrology MTA 2003, a quality trade fair; Mould TechAsia 2003, the 6th Asian international exhibition of machinery and accessories for the mould and die industry; and Manufacturing Asia 2003, the 15th Asian international showcase for factory equipment and supplies.

All of this takes place in conjunction with Outsource & Subcon 2003, an Asian contract manufacturing and subcontracting exhibition for global manufacturing procurement and outsourcing.

The projected exhibition area will cover 18,000 m² and accommodate 1,200 companies, with about 80% from overseas, and host 12 group pavilions. More than 20,000 visitors are expected.

Numerous organizations are supporting MTA 2003, including the Federation of Asia Pacific Die & Mould Associations (FADMA).

 

Fidia Appoints 600 Centre as Representative in United Kingdom

Fidia of Italy, manufacturer of three-, four- and five-axis birotary head milling centers for mold, die and resin applications, has appointed the 600 Centre organization of Shepshed as its representative in the United Kingdom.

According to 600 Centre director Tim Hately, “Fidia’s range of machines is regarded internationally as [having] leading-edge technology for five-axis machining, with the added advantage of the Fidia control system and application software.”

The Fidia range consists of the D, K, HS and Y2K Series. The K 211/411 five-axis milling center is the latest addition with a 24,000 rev/min, 27 kW bi-rotary head and up to 84-tool capacity for large, complex injection molds. Other machines have up spindle drives offering up to 60,000 rev/min, and are capable of digitizing, graphite machining, hard metal machining of forging dies and molds as well as model machining.

Plastic Tool & Mold

Plastic Tool & Mold

hyx mold manufacturer. has announced the launch of a trade exposition and conference in Southern California next year for the tool & mold and related molding industries. The event, Tool & Mold Expo (TME), will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, October 28-30, 2003.

Tool & Mold Expo (TME) will be a trade event designed as a networking platform for suppliers to tool & mold makers, buyers/operators of tools & molds, and tool & mold makers themselves. It will present new sourcing opportunities and help all areas of the tool & mold industry to find solutions for designing, manufacturing, buying and operating tools & molds.

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The exhibitor base will include tool & mold makers, suppliers to the tool & mold industry, and suppliers to mold-related plastics processing companies. The attendee base will come from the key buying groups of the industry: molders, OEMs, tool & mold makers, tool & mold–related subcontractors, and service organizations.

For suppliers, TME will be an opportunity to present their products and services to the full spectrum of the tool & mold industry in the heart of the West Coast market, renowned for its concentration of medical, defense, electronics, aerospace and other high-technology industries. For tool & mold makers, TME will be a superb opportunity to promote their services and expertise and, as a result, sell more molds in one of the most attractive plastics processing markets in the world.

According to Clay Camburn, President of Access Communications, “Early response to the expo and conference has been very enthusiastic from all segments of the industry—plastic mold makers, suppliers to tool & mold makers, and the buyers and operators of tools & molds. This event is needed and will be particularly important to the tool & mold industry at a time when global competition is becoming more aggressive, and as the US economy continues to recover.”

Access Communications Inc. (ACI) is an international communications company specializing in trade publications, websites and events. ACI publishes North American Tool & Mold Making Product News (TMPN), European Tool & Mould Making (ETMM), EDM Europe (EDM-E) and a host of Internet communication vehicles. ACI has offices in the USA, Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Graphics Form the Difference

Graphics Form the Difference

In rewriting the definition, Joliet Pattern has successfully parlayed its distortion printing capabilities into award-winning point-of-purchase designs. The company recently won 2001 POPAI OMA bronze awards for its Ronald McDonald Happy Meal Merchandiser, 65-inch Coca-Cola Bottle Display, E&J Gallo “Wild Vines” Bottle and McDonald‘s/Coca-Cola “Synergy” logo wall display — all of which involved distortion printing on the displays.

Joliet Pattern is one of a few companies in the metropolitan Chicago area to offer distortion printing. “It’s a very inexact process, so you need to have very skilled artists and production staff,” says Andy Wood, owner.

Approximately 100 people are employed at the Joliet, IL-based facility. Inside the plant, 17,200 square feet of space is devoted to screen printing and screen making; 8,800 to case goods and other finishing,; 5,800 to vacuum forming and heat sealing; 15,000 to storage; and 3,400 square feet to graphic arts,plastic mold tool and die casting die area and the office.

The Printing Process

Joliet Pattern offers a range of screen and digital printing services. A Lüsher 126-inch by 118-inch JetScreen computer-to-screen imaging system enables the company to create projects in-house without film. According to Wood, this will greatly decrease the turnaround time, from concept to completion, on any given project. “Nine months ago we purchased the direct-to-plate machine. Today, approximately half our jobs are filmless,” Wood says.

A recently purchased Vutek printer runs large format digital projects, such as a 40-foot by 10-foot NASCAR banner on flexible material. Because of the company’s success in using the equipment, Joliet Pattern was chosen to be a beta site for a new Vutek printer capable of printing 72 inches wide by any length, and onto 1-inch thick media.

The company also has nine additional screen printers with UV curing units. The UV units are equipped with proprietary lamps “which make the ink more flexible,” he adds.

According to Wood, Joliet Pattern can print onto a variety of media using multiple formats, including four-color process, reverse/second surface, vignettes/tints, two-sided and backlit. Commonly used media includes: flexible and rigid plastics, vinyls, static cling vinyls, paper and card stocks, fabrics, hardboard, metal, PVC and glass.

“While some materials work better than others, in general we really haven’t found anything we can’t print on yet. The material we use generally depends on the application and the look that the customer wants,” Wood explains. “For example, Chick-fil-A came to us when they saw one of our (glossy printed) displays and wanted a similar look. But when we met with Chick-fil-A, we discussed the fact that cows really aren’t glossy, they’re more of a matte finish. This is just one example of where one look will bring in a new customer, but you have to change the substrate to fit the product.”

Forming and Fabricating

Special attention to detail and durability is given to each project. For the Ronald McDonald Happy Meal Merchandiser, the entire unit had to be “kid-safe, with crisp but not sharp corners and durable,” Wood says. To test its durability, he relates, the CEO of McDonald’s “took a baseball bat to it. It didn’t break, but it made us nervous there for a minute.” Joliet Pattern got the order to produce 14,000 of the displays in a seven week time period.

The polyethylene components in the merchandising unit are just some of the products formed on the company’s three MAAC thermoformers, a 48-inch by 72-inch three-station rotary and two 30-inch by 36-inch single-station models. In addition to producing parts for POP displays, Joliet Pattern also vacuum forms custom packaging, cases and promotional kits for customers including Sanford and Sobe.

After forming, excess material is trimmed either with a Thermwood Model 40 three-axis, 60-inch by 60-inch CNC router, or die cut using one of five cutters in the shop: a 39.4-inch by 98.4-inch Freeman full-head four-pillar hydraulic cutting press, a 33.5-inch by 42-inch rotary Ampak or one of three 12-inch by 24-inch Clicker presses. Kenco punch presses are on-site for cutting metals.

Finishing capabilities include sonic welding with Branson press welders, heat sealing, pad printing, foil stamping and laminating. Assembly and fulfillment services are also available. “We offer complete manufacturing and fabricating services,” Wood says. “Our customers demand good quality out the door — and our goal is to provide it. It’s hard enough to get a good account the first time — but it’s almost impossible to get it back again if you mess up. Our bottom line is our reputation,” he adds.