Audience and Lecturer

Agenda

The MoldMaking Conference is designed to be the premier education event for the mold manufacturing community. Featuring two days of sessions presented by leading members of the mold manufacturing community, the schedule of the MoldMaking Conference brings the pages of MoldMaking Technology to life with talks covering the four pillars of MMT's unique industry coverage - Engineer, Build, Maintain and Manage. 

Content at the MoldMaking Conference will be focused on topics like:

  • 3D Printed Tooling

  • Design Optimization 

  • Mold Material Advancement

  • Five-Axis Machining

  • Automation

  • Surface Treatment

  • Maintenance 4.0

  • Machine Monitoring

  • Planning, Scheduling and Quoting 

  • Workforce Development

  • ...and more!

2022 MoldMaking Conference
Tuesday, November 8th

November 8th

1:00 PM

General Session

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OEM Corporate Initiatives for Digitization of Tooling Are on the Rise

Today OEMs are in need of digital mold information to proactively manage to troubleshoot, and lifecycle and maintenance budgets. A phased approach to digitization is currently taking place within many OEMs — from cycle counters to sensors in waterlines and cavities to collect data – but the ultimate goal is a qualified mold with reliable generated data where manufacturing only needs to monitor the process, avoiding metrology and achieving a rapid release program with molders, saving resources and time...

Presented By:

Bob Vancoillie, Johnson & Johnson

Jerry Sherman, Coast Systems

November 8th

1:30 PM

Engineer

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Connecting Industry 4.0 Technology to your Molds and Molding Process

Next level tooling or Tooling 4.0 is all about understanding what is going on inside of the mold, during each cycle, by taking measurements of the physical dynamics... using scientific molding and data gathering. It means measuring pressure, temperature, and time, for example. So, instead of flying by the seat of our pants, we can now fly by instruments, and actually, understand what is happening inside of the mold and then make any necessary adjustments...

Presented By:

Don Smith, Scholle IPN Packaging

November 8th

2:00 PM

Build

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Applying Predictable Manufacturing to your Mold-Building Operation

Moldmaking is not just about performance; it's about predictable performance. Eden Tool is a 17-person medical mold builder known for its high-end hard milling, EDM, and grinding capabilities. Predictable manufacturing is their central focus. Eden's goal is to build molds that exceed their defined lifecycle expectations while delivering consistent, high-quality parts. Over the last 15 years, Eden Tool has re-imagined how molds and mold components are designed and manufactured. They have implemented techniques to consistently produce…

Presented By:

Dave Tomic, Eden Tool & Eden Manufacturing

November 8th

3:00 PM

Maintain

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Designing Molds for Maintenance

Design for maintenance, at its core, is simply considering the structure and elements of the tool and designing them to be maintenance friendly. For many years, Wayne Daniel was responsible for a large injection molding operation that included nearly 100 active molds. He became familiar with the mold maintenance department and witnessed the differences between molds that were easy to maintain and those that were not. After those experiences, he has become adamant that ease…

Presented By:

Wayne Daniel, Canon Virgina Inc.

November 8th

3:30 PM

Manage

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Securing Grant Funding to Increase Investment in More Modern Manufacturing Technologies

Understanding grants, identifying available funding sources, and writing award-winning proposals are essential elements for mold builders to secure grant money to enhance their manufacturing processes. So, the question becomes, “How does a mold builder or associated supplier go about obtaining grant money?” First, remember that grants can come from all levels of government and other outside organizations. So, the initial order of business is to research all the various avenues of potential grants…

Presented By:

Don Shrader, American Quality Molds

November 8th

5:00 PM

Engineer

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Turning Industry 4.0 into Dollars & Sense

There is no one way to implement Industry 4.0 into a mold shop. When Intex Tooling integrated a production monitoring and business intelligence system into its operation, the team experienced an instant transformation in the way it conducted business. With the Smart Attend smart manufacturing system, Intex can now provide customers with more information and data faster than ever before. Key benefits include a decrease in critical tool build lead times, an improved bottom line…

Presented By:

Robert Graup, Intex Tooling

November 8th

5:30 PM

Build

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New P20 Steel Eliminates Demand for Stress Relieving After Rough Cutting

Omega Tool Corp. was invited by GM to participate in a study comparing conventional P20 against a relatively new P20 variant developed by Chicago-based Finkl Steel known as MD Xtra. Introduced a few years before, the material was gaining popularity among European moldmakers but hadn’t caught on in North America yet. The new grade offered a host of interesting properties. However, what most intrigued both the OEM and mold builder was the possibility of skipping…

Presented By:

Shane Appel, General Motors

Greg DeFrancisco, Omega Tool Corp.

Louis Phillipe Lapierre-Boire, Finkl Steel

November 8th

6:00 PM

Maintain

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A Digital Revolution: Managing Data from Mold Design to Mold Repair

SyBridge is in the midst of a revolution. The company is leveraging technology in all facets of its business to deliver greater value to customers. Historically, the intersection of IT and moldmaking has been sporadic and fraught with integration challenges. SyBridge is out to change that narrative by leveraging a technology-first methodology focused on customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and data insights. Their suite of digital solutions to efficiently manage products throughout their lifecycles, from program…

Presented By:

Bryan Belanger, SyBridge Technologies

November 8th

6:30 PM

Manage

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What Is Holding You Back from Growth and Opportunities? Entrepreneurial Program Takes Mold Shop to the Next Level

Come hear the story of a tool and diemaker’s 45-year journey in the moldmaking business that includes the discovery of what was holding his shop back from moving forward and how networking led him to a program that was life-changing for the business. Joe Cherluck is a shop owner whose initial success came at a great personal cost as he simply outworked the competition. Using this strategy, he learned the hard way that the company…

Presented By:

Joe Cherluck, Best Tool & Engineering

November 8th

7:30 PM

Engineer

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Getting "VR" Real with Moldmaking Training

Virtual reality has become mainstream for many industrial applications, allowing users to explore, learn and prepare for new technologies. A new innovative training initiative allows injection molding engineers to evaluate new mold designs in a virtual environment. In this virtual space, engineers can assemble and disassemble a mold to learn about its design and functionality. They can then take the mold to the machine and work through individual mold installation and processing tasks such as…

Presented By:

Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold

Torsten Kruse, Kruse Analysis

November 8th

8:00 PM

Build

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Applying Industry 4.0 Take Imagination and Collaboration

According to A1 Tool Owner Geoff Luther, the Fourth Industrial Revolution—including automation, data exchange, and 3D printing—has given rise to the concept of Industry 4.0, which he believes is now giving way to the Imagination Age.

To A1 Tool that means building molds with intelligence. But it’s more than that. It takes robust systems and processes to efficiently produce a plastic injection mold today, so understanding your customers’ needs, the tooling requirements…

Presented By:

Geoff Luther, A1 Tool

November 8th

8:30 PM

Maintain

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Remote Mold Cleaning, Monitoring and Diagnostics

Come discover the possibilities of remote mold monitoring, service, programmable cleaning recipes and full Automation. This session will take the audience through the Industry 4.0 capabilities applied to dry ice technologies that provide users with a clear view of the data needed to make decisions that will accelerate a return on investment and profitability through increased machine efficiency and uptime. This technology enables tracking and support of your installed fleet of dry ice mold cleaning…

Presented By:

Steve Wilson, Cold Jet

November 8th

9:00 PM

Manage

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How to Improve Efficiency in 3 Key Toolroom Areas

Efficiency gains in a toolroom are more than just fancy new equipment and software. Foundational building blocks within an organization set the stage to drive efficiency and productivity. This session shares how a tool shop can make improvements with tool design, equipment, and work in process.

1. Early involvement with a cross-functional team in tool design will increase overall shop efficiency by driving machining processes, fit and assembly, and maintenance-friendly tools.

2. Understanding your team’s…

Presented By:

James Jergens, General Manager, Triangle Tool & Penn Erie Tool, The Plastek Group

2022 MoldMaking Conference
Wednesday, November 9th

November 9th

1:00 PM

General Session

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Answering the Call for Mold Engineering Help with a Unique Mold Design Apprenticeship and Untapped Resources

The future of moldmaking is in part and mold design and the necessary engineering fundamentals and skilled workforce are missing. Anova has an answer, which combines a business model focused on mold design (using 3D printing and designing highly engineered systems with tight tolerances and fast cycle times, and engineering with a reliance on outsourcing to a valuable network of manufacturers) and a unique mold design and engineering apprenticeship involving the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association…

Presented By:

Jeff Mertz, Anova Innovations

Tami Adams, National Tool & Machining Association (NTMA)

November 9th

1:30 PM

Engineer

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Focused Training Raises Medical Part and Mold Design Skills to the Next Level

Seasoned engineer, Ed Flores, joined the Plastic Injection Molding team at Integer Holdings, a medical device contract manufacturer. In charge of the success of many life-critical high-precision, injection-molded plastic parts, he recognized the importance of continuous education and enrolled in the AIM Institute’s Plastics Technology and Engineering (PTE) program. The program was a game changer for Ed’s abilities, confidence and career at Integer.

Come hear how Ed solved longstanding issues on a complex medical mold…

Presented By:

Ed Flores, Integer Holdings Corp.

Alex Beaumont, Beaumont Inc.

November 9th

2:00 PM

Build

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Profitability Prediction and Monitoring with 3D-Printed Tooling, Industrial IOT & AI

Although conformal cooling is not a new concept, advancements continue to make it a very hot topic. Learn about a new conformal cooling process and algorithm and what it reveals about hot spots and conformal cooling design. This session will cover how to apply predictive engineering modeling to conformal cooling design using a demo part, going through the improvement production validations and reviewing industry 4.0 technology that keeps performance goals on target each step of…

Presented By:

Amanda Wiriya, Wepco Plastics

Zachary Smith, Instaversal

November 9th

3:00 PM

Maintain

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Laser Technology on Mold Textures Ensures Brand Protection, Recycling and Traceability

Come learn about a new innovative laser technology that places digital codes within textures that are hidden from the naked eye. This embedded digital watermark technology into textures creates an imperceptible code, the size of a postage stamp, covering the surface of just about anything in the molding industry. Every code is unique and is a string of numbers that points to a database that is able to carry a wide range of attributes for…

Presented By:

Chad Hase, Custom Etch

Customer TBD

November 9th

3:30 PM

Manage

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The How and Why of Starting Up a Next-Level Mold Shop Today

NextGen Mold Technologies Windsor Inc. launched in December 2021 and offers a quick and effective turnaround on feasibility, design, mold maintenance, engineering changes, repairs and new builds servicing both the automotive and consumer industries. Amalgamating with the former Enterprise Mold in Windsor, Ontario, NextGen is a fully equipped tool shop with 3D, 2D, sinker EDM, moldmaking, spotting and landing support capabilities coupled with over 30 years of industry know-how. Through significant investment in technology and…

Presented By:

Dennis Goggin, NextGen Mold Technologies

Nicola Geyser, NextGen Mold Technologies

November 9th

5:00 PM

Engineer

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Roadmapping Workshop Reveals Key Pain Points and Leverage Areas of Advanced Tooling Manufacturing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and The University of Toledo, College of Engineering, conducted road mapping sessions to solicit input from industry leaders on research that will benefit U.S. tooling manufacturers. The workshop involved representatives from industry, academia, national labs and government sectors discussing the challenges facing the U.S. mold and die industry to identify the efforts needed to increase the U.S. global market share and decrease the dependence on offshore tooling. Come hear about…

Presented By:

Dr. Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

November 9th

5:30 PM

Build

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Collaboration for Disruptive Tooling

As molds continue to be more complex and resins more demanding for cooling and venting, attendees will discover how the proper deployment of additives within the overall moldmaking will eliminate common molding defects while streamlining mold installation, ensuring quicker mold approval and better profitability for mold builders and molders.

Come learn how a complex part design required a mold solution that reliably molded the part show after show to meet the exacting part print tolerances…

Presented By:

Steve Michon, Zero Tolerance

Jason Murphy, Next Chapter Manufacturing

November 9th

6:00 PM

Maintain

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A Multi-Faceted Approach to Sustainability in Moldmaking: Mold Steel, Mold Building and Molding

Suppliers to the molding industry and the molding process must be developed for long-term viability. It’s time to look for sustainable development opportunities - in steel making, mold building and molding – to reduce carbon emissions. This presentation will explore the approaches being developed at a tool steel producer for fossil-free production and reduced fossil footprint of the mold steel in distribution by 2030. Come to learn how one tool steel provider conducted studies to identify…

Presented By:

Kelly Santini, Safety & Sustainability Leader, imFLUX

Patricia Miller, Uddeholm North America

November 9th

6:30 PM

Manage

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How to Engineer, Build, Maintain and Manage a Strategy to Become a Profitable Mold Manufacturer

Many mold builders today are struggling to put money on the bottom line because of the myriad of challenges facing them today. From supply chain issues to inflation, to the lack of skilled workers (even unskilled ones at this point!), there’s no shortage of obstacles standing in the way. However, in spite of the challenging environment, the opportunity exists for mold shops to take back control of their profitability by questioning many common, conventional management practices…

Presented By:

Beau Ganas, Science of Business