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Amerimold 2018 Post Show Highlights 34 MoldMaking Technology —— SEPTEMBER 2018 q Jerry Janczak of Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales and Rich Oles of ROI Industries shared some best practices for executing an effective plan for cleaning, inspection and reso- lution of hot runner system issues in the most efficient way possible to get a mold back into production. Included in the demonstration were reviews of the essential components of this process, including fluidized-sand bath cleaning, the use of a borescope for internal documentation and testing and live thermal imaging to communicate complex thermal-dynamic problems within a hot runner system to ensure absolute, accurate results. p The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) mod- erated the Amerimold Tech Talk, "Best Practices in Closing the Skills Gap: Local Activism Moves the Dial." The senti- ment on activism proved true during the workforce develop- ment panel. AMBA Executive Director Kym Conis moder- ated the panel, which included (from the left) Tim Myers of Century Die, Britteny Willis of Paragon D&E, Kylee Carbone of Westminster Tool and Tom Barr of TK Mold and Engineering. These AMBA member companies shared how they are making an impact within their communities to fill the skills gap. p Steve Johnson, president of MoldTrax, partnered with Alex Beaumont from Beaumont Technologies's AIM Institute to provide Amerimold attendees with an array of useful mold maintenance and repair strategies to optimize mold performance, maintain efficiency, maximize part quality and minimize machine down- time on many different types of injection molds. p On day one of Amerimold, Haimer USA conducted a showfloor demonstration titled "Don't Crash Before You Take Off." The Haimer team showed how combining the latest in shrinking, balancing and presetting technology can save a mold shop money in the form of faster cycle times, less machine downtime, higher accuracy, longer tool life and absolute process reliability. Demonstrations and Tech Talks

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