Friday, April 21, 2017

M.R. Mold continues to invest for growth

April 13, 2017 Updated 8 days ago

M.R. Mold continues to invest for growth

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Chris Sweeney, Rubber & Plastics News Rubber & Plastics News Marketing Director Geri Anderson (left) poses with M.R. Mold President Rick Finnie at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif.
Brea, Calif. — M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. continues to grow its presence.

The firm added an Engel 55 ton press to replace an older model and Engel 120 ton machine to mirror the capabilities of its largest customer. It also secured a 1,500-square-foot building for additional storage that sits on the same campus of its headquarters in Brea, which employs about 30 people.
This comes in addition to a slew of other equipment investments, including an overhead crane, a five-gallon pump, a pallet charger that feeds tools to a five-axis Yasda YBM Vi40 precision computer numerical control machining center, and upgraded software and IT systems.

M.R. Mold invested about $800,000 total. Marketing Director Geri Anderson said the investments have one thing in common.

"We're trying to keep up with today's technology and improve cycle time for our customers," Anderson said. "The Yasda we have can save the customer about one third on delivery times. They all want it faster and quicker, so we're trying to get that done for them in the best way possible."
The firm also reached an agreement with KraussMaffei, which will house a 55 ton LSR machine on its floor and in return the company can use it as a training center for LSR.
 
Anderson stressed that M.R. Mold isn't entering the molding business.
"We still will do short runs and help customers out whenever they don't have press times," she said. "But our machines are basically for testing and sampling, doing first articles and tests for customers. That is the focus of that technical center."

And with still plenty of time in 2017, the firm looks to remain busy. Anderson said she hopes to have a new website launched by NPE, which is scheduled for May 7-11, 2018, and expects business to continue to snowball with 'significant work' coming down the line as the year goes on. The maker of silicone molds does most of its business in the medical area, with annual sales of about $5 million.
Like many in the rubber industry, M.R. Mold is trying to develop new talent. Anderson said the firm is looking to bring in an additional apprentice or two within the next year.

"We hope that everything we've put in place will pay off for our customers in terms of time and pricing," she said.

"M.R. Mold will continue to grow in whatever direction we're being driven. If I have a good customer who tells me 'we need you to do it,' we'll definitely investigate and go down that road. That's how we came from one molding machine to seven. It's all customer driven."

Friday, April 7, 2017

Technology Showcare MD&M West 2017 Molds and Molding

Last month I was able to escape a nasty winter storm by heading to the warm west coast where many mold builders, molders and technology suppliers set up shop to show off their capabilities.

M.R. Mold unveils "New Look" in Tech Center






The acquisition of 2 new ENGEL molding machines and a Krauss Maffei (not pictured here) caused M.R. Mold's president, Rick Finnie, to take a step back and re-evaluate the effectiveness of the Tech Center.

His vision came to life when an additional 1500 sq.ft. were acquired for storage.  Machines were shuffled into a productive row and an overhead crane was installed to provide more effective mold changes. 

M.R. Mold uses the Tech Center machines to test and sample each mold built.  The Tech Center allows M.R. Mold to continue to meet the customer's ever growing needs.

UWM SILICONE ELASTOMERS COURSE ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS!

40 industry professionals from all facets of the industry attended the Silicone Elastomers and Fabrication course in Anaheim this past February.  Mel Toub, formerly of Momentive Silicones, spoke on the chemistry of silicone and all the significant properties that have been developed to meet the industry's needs.  Bob Pelletier of Elmet explained the functions of a pumping unit and its importance in LSR.  Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold taught the class on the differences between building a silicone and plastic injection mold and the importance of picking a moldmaker who knows the difference.  Stefan Scheibner of Arburg explained the functions of a molding machine in relationship to LSR and what options are needed to be ordered.  John Timmerman of Starlim North America completed the circle with his segment on processing. 



The day at M.R. Mold & Engineering was the culmination of all the subjects taught in the classroom.




Testimonials from attendees...........

"Nice mix of material, equipment, tooling & process content plus hands on lab day"

"The processing tips and depth of discussion was fantastic"
 


"Presenters were knowledgeable and approachable."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

MRM Builds LSR Capacity


January 31, 2017

M.R. Mold builds its LSR capacity


 

M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. of Brea, Calif., is taking delivery of its seventh injection molding press as it ventures further into the world of liquid silicone rubber processing.

Krauss Maffei Corp. of Florence, Ky., is installing a 55-ton two-platen hydraulic 50-180 CX-model LSR machine that was manufactured in Munich.

M.R. Mold also will allow use of its Brea site as Krauss Maffei’s first training facility on the West Coast, Paul Caprio, president in the U.S. and Canada for Krauss Maffei, said in a phone interview.

Separately, M.R. Mold is collaborating with Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. in an LSR demonstration during the Feb. 7-9 UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Anaheim, Calif. M.R. Mold is inviting attendees to visit its Brea facility, which is a short distance from the expo.

A Wittmann Battenfeld 16.53-ton standard MicroPower machine equipped for LSR will mold a punctal plug using Silopren LSR 2030 from Momentive Performance Materials Inc. in a four-cavity tool from M.R. Mold. The small medical device is inserted into the tear duct, or puncta of an eye, to block the duct.

Momentive manufactures the material at its facility in Leverkusen, Germany, said Sharon Shatto, Momentive’s Americas marketing manager for health care.

Wittmann Battenfeld offers a patented system that lets the plunger travel all the way into the split line of the mold. That creates a thin disc rather than a cold runner sprue.

“This disc has much less volume of material and cools down much faster,” Markus Klaus, Wittmann Battenfeld U.S. division manager for injection molding machines, said by email.

“This saves the customer a lot of material and reduces cycle time dramatically. Some of those medical-grade bio-absorbable materials cost up to $2,500 per pound, and most cannot be recycled.”

President Rick Finnie said M.R. Mold invested between $600,000 and $800,000 over the past year for new equipment, including two new Engel injection molding presses — a 120-ton hybrid and a 55-ton e-mac.

Other additions are a Gorbel Inc. overhead crane, a Graco Inc. five-gallon pump, a System 3R WorkPal servo robotic pallet changer that feeds tools to a five-axis Yasda YBM Vi40 precision computer-numerical-control machining center, a Lista International Corp. tool vending system via SupplyPro Inc. and tool holders.

In the near future, M.R. Mold plans to boost utility services for the new KraussMaffei, add more tool holders, update existing equipment and hire more employees, Finnie said.

M.R. Mold employs 30, has annual sales of about $5 million and also operates a 100-ton Arburg, a 70-ton Arburg Allrounder and 100-ton and 55-ton Engels.

In November, M.R. Mold leased an additional 1,500 square feet for storage and, in current space, extended its technical center capabilities. Now, M.R. Mold occupies 16,500 square feet.

 

Advances in Liquid Silicone Rubber Conference


First International Conference
 
 
LSR 2017
 
Advances in Liquid Silicon Rubber and related materials
April 23-26, 2017
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim, California
 
Industry leaders and experts will convene at "LSR 2017" to present technological and scientific developments of LSR and discuss new commercial uses in various markets: Medical, Automotive, Electronics, Consumers Products, and more.
Conference General Topics
 


·       Innovtaions in LSR Materials
o   Enhanced features
o   Additives
o   New chemistry
·       Equipment
o   Machinery
o   Metering equipment
o   Cold runner technology
o   LSR mold technology
·       Processing
o   Micromolding
o   2 component molding
o   Optical parts
o   Cleanroom
o   Inspection
o   Emerging technologies
·       Part and process design
o   Part simulation / FEA
o   Process simulation
·       Industries / Applications
o   Automotive
o   Medical
o   E&E
o   Consumer goods
o   Infant care


Questions? Contact ECM:  ecm@executive-conference.com     Ph: 313-429-3905

Conference Webpage: www.executive-conference.com


Organizing Committee

Geri Anderson, M.R. Mold & Engineering

Steve Broadbent, Engel

Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold & Engineering

Oliver Franssen, Momentive Performance Materials

Amos Golovoy, AG Research

Thomas Jenkins, R.D. Abbott Company

Kurt Manigatter, ELMET GmbH

Lynn Momrow-Zielinski, Extreme Molding