Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tools for Cupcake Wars coming to NPE

Gimmicks for drawing booth attendees abound at NPE, and M.R. Mold & Engineering’s booth giveaways have, quite literally, become a hot item over the past few years. If you are one of the first 24 people to stop by Booth # 4393 each morning, you can pick up your fresh homemade muffin baked in one of Finnie’s LSR cupcake/muffin pans.
Silicone bakeware has become very popular, and several years back Finnie decided to make a cupcake pan mold complete with fluted edges to showcase his expertise in building LSR molds. “We wanted a unique giveaway to draw people to our booth so we developed the silicone cupcake pans,” Finnie explains. “They were such a big hit the first year, that we even attempted to patent them.”M.R. Mold & Engineering silicone cupcake molds
M.R. Mold & Engineering (Brea, CA) has specialized in design and engineering of LSR molds for over 30 years. The company also has expertise in rubber molds, injection molds, and compression and transfer molds. In addition to M.R.’s mold design and manufacturing capabilities, the company has a 4000-sq-ft Technical Center for LSR mold tryouts in one of four molding machines owned by the company ranging from 55 to 110-tons. M.R. Mold also has a 12x12 compression molding machine and a Blue M oven for post curing of sample parts. M.R. Mold & Engineering provides total solutions including cold runner systems, end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), pneumatic stuffer boxes, vacuum seals and a Universal base. M.R. Mold employs about 25 people.
Needless to say, Finnie and his cupcake pans are a big hit with baking enthusiasts who flock to his booth for additions to their collection. “Trade show after trade show, people come to our booth just to get their annual supply of cupcake/muffin pans,” says Finnie. “Eventually we decided to produce them in two other sizes, one for very large muffins and cupcakes and one for mini-muffins and cupcakes.” The pans also come in a variety of colors as well.
The LSR cupcake/muffin pans are washable and hold up well over repeated bakings, making them very eco-friendly over their paper counterparts. Today, what used to be just a trade show gimmick has turned into a side business for Finnie. “We found a marketing firm and initially had several major kitchen stores selling them to the public,” he says. “We’re producing 150,000 annually, and today sell them in Williams-Sonoma stores because they believe in American made products.”
And if you stop by Maplan’s Booth #7571 you can get your free LSR shot glass, also being molded in a mold designed and built by M.R. Mold & Engineering.

M.R. Mold & Engineering opts for Arburg to expand capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry 
Published: April 11th, 2012
Meeting customers' increasing demands for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molds is key to the business success of M.R. Mold & Engineering. As a supplier of LSR molds and proprietary auxiliary equipment to global OEMs, M.R. Mold & Engineering's President Rick Finnie, understands the need to be ready for any requirements customers have.
Arburg NPE2012Recently, the Brea, CA-based company purchased an Arburg AllRounder 370S (70-ton) press with a swivel clamp which enables Finnie to provide both vertical and horizontal molding capabilities. "Not having this capability occasionally prevented us from getting the business from some customers," said Finnie in an interview at NPE. "We didn't want anything to stand in the way of increasing our business and being able to meet customers' needs."
Finnie also purchased options on the new AllRounder 370S which will provide M.R. Mold the capability to customize the molding process. For instance, the standard procedure uses a pumping unit that mixes the A and B materials with the pigment.
"The downside to this method is that the whole assembly has pigment in it, which makes it expensive and time consuming to clean it out when you change colors," Finnie explained.  "We are developing a patented method to add pigment directly at the mold entry point, so when colors are changed there's no need to clean out the entire system."
Finnie should know about colors as he molds a wide variety of colors of his cupcake and muffin pans that come in three sizes, which he gave away at NPE.  "We're continuing to perform R&D in the area of mold and pigment technology because we know quite well that consumers want colors!" Finnie emphasized.
Currently, Finnie molds his cupcake pans in a 4-cavity mold and the stores tend to buy his product in groups of four colors.  Finnie hopes his R&D will enable them to inject the pigment at the mold rather than in the mixing block, which will eventually allow him to mold one color per cavity. The purchase of the Arburg AllRounder 370S, along with the additional options, will help M.R. Mold accomplish this.
M.R. Mold & Engineering specializes in design and engineering of LSR molds and has more than 30 years of experience and expertise. The company also has expertise in rubber molds, injection molds, compression and transfer molds. In addition to M.R.'s mold design and manufacturing capabilities, the company has a 4000-sq-ft technical center for LSR mold tryouts.  Including the new Arburg AllRounder 370S, M.R. Mold owns six molding machines ranging from 55 to 110-tons. M.R. Mold & Engineering provides total solutions including cold runner systems, end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), pneumatic stuffer boxes, vacuum seals and a Universal base. M.R. Mold employs 27 people.

UWM Silicone Elastomers Fabrication Class moves to California

July 17-20, 2012
Embassy Suites in Garden Grove.

The class has been expanded to 4 days in CA in order to allow the class hands-on experience within the Tech Center at M.R. Mold in Brea, CA. The cost is $1290 with a $200 discount if registration is done prior to May 30th. UWM will consider further discounts for multiple attendees from the same company.
This class gives a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers with detailed information in the areas of material selection, dispensing methods, injection molding process, tool design, mold flow analysis, and bonding alternatives.

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Rick Finnie speaks at International SIlicone Conference

May 1 – 2, 2012
Hilton Inn, Akron, Ohio
How to Automate Your Next Silicone Project.
Rick Finnie the owner of M. R. Mold & Engineering Corp. will be making his presentation on product and mold design considerations to automate your next silicone project at the International Silicone Conference on Tuesday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Inn in Akron, Ohio.
His career started during his teenage years as a tool and cutter grinder servicing the metal working industries. In 1977 he transitioned to the mold making industry. After eight years rising from apprentice to lead mold maker, he started M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation.
Silicone is a material that can be forgiving in design to mold, but yet demanding to de-mold. According to Finnie, "features that are unacceptable in thermoplastics are feasible with silicone. A method of assuring where the parts will stay is imperative. Product design and the mold design have to encompass these issues to enable automation."
It is occasionally difficult to predict which side of the mold the silicone will stick to. "Automation needs to be designed to remove the part from the mold using techniques that are not typical in thermoplastic. Silicone can be de-molded from features where thermoplastics would be destroyed," said Finnie.
M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.
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The early registration full conference fee for Rubber Product Manufacturers is only $350. Registration for all others is $700. Registrations will increase $100 after April 23.
Registration includes:
  • The Keynote Address
  • A complete set of all the papers presented at the conference
  • The opening night networking cocktail reception complimentary continental breakfast and lunch
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