Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Plastics Technology Blog on Scientific Molding with John Bozzelli

Seminar: Get Past Tweaking to a Scientific Molding Process

21. July 2015
John Bozzelli, scientific molding guru and columnist at Plastics Technology, will be the instructor for the "At-the-Press Process Development Seminar," August 11-13, in Troy Mich. Promising to help molders "Get It Right the First Time for 24/7 Production," the seminar will concentrate on scientific molding based process optimization with at-the-press instruction.

Monitoring hydraulic and cavity pressure levels on the press, participants will define plastic variables to create a universal setup sheet, which will then allow the tool to be run on any press, accounting for barrel size, hydraulic or all-electric operation, and more.

Other topics to be addressed include:

  • Why after PPAP, DOE's & Medical Validations are bad parts still made?
  • Finding the tool/part/process problems before production begins.
  • Having an optimized 24/7 process from the initial tool trials.
  • Having the ability to replicate the tool trial parts on another machine.

Register today! (Photo taken at M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp., Brea, Calif.)
John Bozzelli scientific molding seminar

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pie Eating Contest Raises Money for iWarrior Challenge

M.R. Mold held a Pie Eating Contest after a company lunch in July to launch the iWarriors East Coast vs. West Coast fundraising challenge.  4 employees volunteered to face the challenge of eating an entire pie the quickest while their fellow colleagues cheered them on.  $300 was raised for iWarriors in support of their endeavor. 

The Winner was............. Orlando Abarca, a molding technician in our Tech Center.  For his efforts, Orlando was awarded a $25 gift card. 

Keep watching for other fun activities being planned at M.R. Mold, all to be done for the benefit of iWarriors.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


In June, Westminster Tool (Plainfield, CT) joined M.R Mold & Engineering Corporation (Brea, CA) in raising funds for iWarriors, a non-for-profit organization that donates iPads gift packages to combat wounded service members. Both proud members of the American Mold Builders Association, the companies had previously participated in AMBA sponsored fundraising for iWarriors and have now challenged each other in an “East Coast vs. West Coast” challenge to bring public awareness to the iWarriors cause, instilling teamwork within each company and claiming the title of “Champion” by collecting the highest total.

            “The overall intent is to raise awareness and raise money by creating some friendly competition,” says Westminster Tool President Raymond Coombs, Jr. “It’s bringing 70 people together on both sides of the country in the spirit of trying to do something small for people who make HUGE sacrifices for us.”

M.R Mold & Engineering is a silicone and plastic injection mold manufacturer that began iWarriors fundraising in 2011, donating over 60 iPads to soldiers at the Balboa Naval Hospital and Camp Pendleton. In Plainfield, Connecticut, fellow plastics injection mold manufacturer, Westminster Tool is kicking off this year’s efforts by sponsoring a “5K Freedom Run” held this July 26th in Plainfield.

The companies have until March 31st of 2016 to organize events, facilitate fundraising and collect donations for iWarriors. The president of the winning company will be forced to endure a pie in the face in retribution for their employees’ diligent efforts, according to the companies’ agreement. Coombs says, “We are trying to come up with creative ways to get more people involved and M.R Mold and Westminster Tool are doing it together.”   

For more information on the iWarriors cause, please visit the iWarriors website at www.iwarriors.org.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

M.R. Mold brings STEAM to its facility

It is not news that the entire manufacturing industry is struggling to find young people to join the “TRADES”.  College is not for everyone and collectively, as an industry, through TMA, NTMA, AMBA, SPI, SPE and other organizations and associations, we are educating young people that manufacturing is their alternative to college. 


Recently M.R. Mold & Engineering teamed up with Century High School in Santa Ana, CA.  Century High School promotes a program called STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math), offering students related technology courses.  Rick Finnie, president of M.R. Mold visited their school and introduced M.R. Mold and mold making to the students.  Two weeks later 18 student and 3 teachers toured M.R. Mold.  They began in Engineering and were shown how their classes apply to our business.  A tour of the shop followed.  Here they were introduced to the many machines and processes that are part of building a mold.  The two hour experience ended in our Tech Center where they experienced 3 completed molds; a plastic injection, silicone injection and a compression mold producing parts.  The NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association) and R.D. Abbott were also present and involved in educating the students at M.R. Mold.


Surveys provided by Century High School solidified that WE did educate, that we sparked interest in students who did not know of manufacturing previously.  As Rick Finnie would say – “You don’t have to become a mold maker but find your passion and BUILD something!  Take pride in the fact that you used your hands to produce something. “