Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold, makes Plastics Today headlines..............

Do you have a challenging part and mold design project?
Don't know where the optimum gate location is for the part?
Experiencing filling or warpage issues on an existing part?

Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold & Engineering enlisted the mold simulation expertise of Torsten Kruse of Kruse Analysis, Inc. on a particularly tough project. Click here to read the Plastics Today article entitled "Injection molding simulation software makes for better parts, process".

Sunday, November 6, 2011

M.R. Mold & Engineering exhibits at NPE 2012

With more than 2,000 companies exhibiting at NPE2012 and 75,000 attendees from 120 countries, take time now to Map Your Show. While planning out your show floor strategy, include M.R. Mold & Engineering, Booth 4393, located between Halls B&C, under the catwalk.

NPE’s interactive online show map is designed to help you maximize your ROI during NPE week to navigate the 1 million square feet of running machinery, technology exhibits, interactive displays, networking events and business sessions.

M.R. Mold & Engineering presents "Getting Into Liquid Silicone - How to Choose the Right Mold Maker" at Molding 2012

The 22nd International Conference & Exhibit Molding 2012 will focus on important innovations in manufacturing technologies to enable intelligent molders and manufacturers to stay ahead and prosper. Industry leaders will present the latest developments in various injection molding processes, hardware and controls. Additionally, issues and opportunities of medical molding, energy management, and 'green molding' will be discussed. These conferences are widely recognized by injection molders, manufacturers, and plastics suppliers as the most important forum for technical information and business connections.

Rick Finnie will speak on "Getting into Liquid Silicone - How to Choose the Right Mold Maker".  

Click here for more information and registration on the conference.

Silicone Elastomers 2011 - Cold Runner System Advantages

Today in the elastomer industry, we are all facing the challenge of our customers wanting cost to market reduced with lower pieces prices, shortened cycle times and using green technology.  This presentation will give an overview of how a cold runner system  help to achieve these results with elastomer molds.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

UWM speaker panel expands....... Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold keynote speaker

The panel of presenters has been expanded for the UWM class to include Torsten Kruse of Kruse Analysis. Torsten is a SigmaSoft "Expert" and will demonstrate how mold flow analysis works to solve issues before they become manufacturing problems. 
Through moldflow simulation, an evaluation of gate size and location, identification of potential air traps, enhancement of wall thickness to achieve uniform filling, determination of clamp force and injection pressure requirements can be achieved, along with many other critical issues that impact part moldabitity.
Torsten will present via a GoTo meeting on Thursday morning.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication - Discount Deadline Approaching!

November 30, December 1 and 2
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Get a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving, and application areas. Emphasis is on liquid injection molding (LIM/LSR) with detailed information in the areas of material selection, dispensing methods, injection
molding process, tool design, and bonding alternatives. This course is presented by a panel of experts in the silicones field, and time is allotted for discussion of specific projects of interest.  

Speakers:  Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering
                 Bob Pellitier, Fluid Automation, Inc.
                 Juergen Giesow, Arburg GmbH
                 John Timmerman, Starlim North America Corporation
                 Mel Toub, Momentive Performance Materials

Who should Attend
Both entry-level and experienced rubber technologists, rubber chemists, process engineers, laboratory managers, supervisors, technicians, shop foreman, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales perso nnel, and rubber producers and users.

To register call 414-227-3200 or visit
Early Bird: $990 (register before Oct. 15)   Don’t Miss Out!
Fee: $1190
CEUs: 2.0
Program No. 4830-8312

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold & Engineering Teaches at UWM Silicone Class

Wed-Fri, Nov. 30- Dec 2 from 8am-4:30pm at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Mel Toub, Momentive Performance Materials
John Timmerman, Starlim North America
Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp.
Juergen Giesow, Arburg GmbH
Bob Pelletier, Fluid Automation, Inc.

This 3 day class will be held at the School of Continuing Education
Business, Engineering & Technology
161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Ste. 6000
Milwaukee, WI 53203-2602

Phone Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm Central
800-222-3623 (toll free)
414-227-3200 (local)

Session #4830-8312
Fee: $1190
$200 early enrollment discount by 10/16/11

Thursday, July 14, 2011

M.R. Mold & Engineering Welcomes Two New Employees

M.R. Mold & Engineering’s niche in the liquid silicone medical market has sustained M.R. Mold through the past several years of industry ups and downs. Today, the specialty of building tight tolerance flash less molds has necessitated that M.R. Mold & Engineering expand its workforce to 24 employees to help handle the workload created by the volume or current projects. 

M.R. Mold & Engineering is pleased to welcome two new people to the M.R. Mold team, a veteran of moldmaking for the past 27 years, and a moldmaking Journeyman of over eight years. These two individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and a combined 35+ years of experience to the table, enabling the company to continue to serve customers with the quality and precision that has made M.R. Mold & Engineering a lead in the liquid silicone medical market. 

M.R. Mold continues to interview qualified individuals, including apprentices, to add to their team. Please visit the website at, or call Geri Anderson at 630-853-1264.

Monday, May 23, 2011

M.R. Mold speaks at Penn State's 3rd Injection Molding Conference

Rick Finnie, president, M.R. Mold & Engineering will be speaking at Penn State’s 3rd Injection Molding Conference June 13-15 in Erie, PA on cold runner systems. The conference will focus on medical molding, LSR molding and sustainability. Presentations will be given by industry experts on today’s technology and include a hands-on experience in Penn State’s technology laboratories.

Cost is $425 for SPE members; $485 for non-members. Single day participation fees are also available. Visit for details on the conference and registration information.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

M.R. Mold show cases technology at MD&M East

M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp, in conjunction with Alba Enterprises, Inc. will showcase their products at MD&M East, June 7-9 in New York, Booth #620. M.R. Mold has built a single cavity LSR duckbill mold which will run fully automatic in Alba’s Babyplast micro-precision injection molding machine, show casing M.R. Mold’s ability to design and build molds for intricate molding projects. Alba’s Babyplast has a bench top foot print and offers shot capacities from 4 cc to 15 cc for long and short production runs and prototyping.

For a preview, visit:

For complimentary admission to MD&M East, use Promo Code XG.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rick Finnie, President of M.R. Mold & Engineering speaks at Penn State's Third Injection Molding Conference

The 3rd Injection Molding Conference will be held at the Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA in the 160,000 square foot state-of-the-art Burke Center, formerly the REDC.

This year's conference will focus on medical molding, LSR molding, and sustainability and will follow the same successful format as in prior years:

■morning technical presentations given by industry experts that focus on the latest and greatest technology in use today; and
■afternoon sessions that will offer hands-on tutorials by the Penn State faculty in our plastics research and instructional labs

For more information, visit:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John Bozzelli hosts Scientific Molding Seminar at M.R. Mold & Engineering

John Bozzelli taught a LIM class on Scientific Molding at M.R Mold & Engineering April 12-14.  This informative class explained scientific Molding through the use of data to determine process parameters. 
After graphing the viscosity curve, the class could determine appropriate fill time and what machine settings enabled us to hold fill time to +/-0.04 sec.  The class learned what variables need to be kept constant to produce consistent parts.  Flow rate, controlling viscosity, balancing multi-cavity molds plus some tricks of the trade are only a few of the factors that make a major difference in profitable production.  At the molding machine in M.R. Mold’s Technology Center, John taught us how to maximize our process by using Delta P, fill time control, intensification ratio, and other data based (scientific) procedures.  Using an Engel 100 ton hydraulic machine and M.R. Mold’s 4-cavity cupcake mold, the class witnessed how a properly setup machine adjusted for viscosity changes on the fly during first stage.  They also requested and were shown the influence of regeneration on processing. 

At the machine, the class watched fill time and pressure at transfer to monitor silicone viscosity and note viscosity changes due to color, lot variations and barrel temperature.  Dr. Deming’s principals of SPC were demonstrated and shown to provide data on process variations.  The class was also treated to novel applications of infrared thermography to silicone molding and part temperature.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

M.R. Mold Hosts LSR Workshop in Conjunction with SPE

From the ART of designing a part to the actual quality fabrication of the PART, Vincent Malave, Rick Ziebell, Torsten Kruse and Rick Finnie took 68 attendees through the process of how to get there. M.R. Mold & Engineering hosted a liquid silicone rubber workshop in conjunction with the Southern California chapter of SPE in their Tech Center in Brea, CA. The main focus of the workshop was a liquid silicone suction cup mold built by M.R. Mold & Engineering. The workshop encompassed how the silicone was chosen for this project using its physical properties, a flow analysis of the part design and the design of the mold itself. The workshop concluded by running the suction cup mold in M.R. Mold’s Tech Center.

Vincent Malave, a Southern West Coast Technical Salesperson for NuSil Technology, LLC. since 2001, spoke on how being fuel resistance, bio-compatibility, and able to remain elastomeric over a broad temperature range makes silicone an ideal material candidate for liquid injection molding applications.

Rick Ziebell, a graduate of chemical and materials engineering from California Polytechnic University with more than twenty-five years of experience in the rubber and plastic industry, gave participants a better understanding of the dynamic physical properties of silicone rubber. Rick taught the class how to take into account two crucial behaviors of silicone, “shear and heat thinning” and “cross-linking” in the injection molding process.

Torsten Kruse is a highly regarded industry expert in injection molding. He gave us incredible insight into how Sigma software can help us project the best way to accomplish mold filling and part curing, along with visualizing mold temperatures inside the mold over an entire cycle. Torsten explained how state-of-the-art simulation considers every technical detail of the injection molding process and its ability to solve problems before the mold is built.

Rick Finnie, president and owner of M.R. Mold & Engineering, explained how, after the product development is complete and a material has been selected, a mold must be built to produce the desired component. Care must be taken with the mold development to ensure the appropriate method of production is chosen. Critical factors include parting lines and gate location, as well as which process is the best application were discussed.

This event raised approximately $7500.00 for SPE's education fund.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

PolyOne Technicians Receive "Hands On" Training at M.R. Mold

In an effort to continue the education process of their technical experts, PolyOne sent 6 people to M.R. Mold on Friday, February 11 to get “hands on” training.  The day began by disassembling the barrel and nozzle from the molding machine.  PolyOne techs cleaned the barrel and screw and watched the reassembly process and the steps involved in changing a pail kit on the pumping unit.   The mold was heated and parts were produced.  The cause for defective parts were looked at and discussed in depth in order to give PolyOne technicians the information they need to help customers troubleshoot their molding process.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TLARGI field trip at M.R. Mold & Engineering

Rick Finnie was instrumental in teaching a hands-on field trip for the Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc. (TLARGI) annually held Basic Rubber Technology Course on Friday, January 28 (more information is available at Rick Ziebell, Technical Manager at R.D. Abbott Company, Inc., is one of the instructors for this 20 week class. Students were introduced to injection molding in M.R. Mold’s Technology Center and a plant tour of M.R. Mold’s mold making facility. The objective of the evening’s event was to show the students each type of machine, giving them a better understanding of their purpose and answer questions in regards to LSR technology.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

M.R. Mold picks its booth for NPE 2012

M.R. Mold & Engineering selected booth 4393 in the West Hall on Friday, January 14, 2011.  M.R. Mold will exhibit in a 10x20 booth at the NPE event scheduled for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida April 1-5, 2012.

Monday, January 3, 2011

M.R. Mold Sponsors Molding 2011, San Diego, CA

ECM's Molding 2011 Conference & Exhibit will focus on important innovations in manufacturing technologies. Industry leaders will present the latest developments in various injection molding processes, including issues and opportunities of medical molding, energy management, and 'green' molding.  
The conference will be held March 7-9 2011, at the Crowne Plaza at Mission Valley, San Diego, CA.  

View the entire conference agenda on the Conference webpageClick here to Register for this conference.