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Redefining Mold Maintenance. “MoldTrax…Born on The Bench”. Maintenance…The Final Frontier. Globalization now requires more than ever, your expensive fleet of molds to be production ready and process reliable.

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redefining mold maintenance
Redefining Mold Maintenance

“MoldTrax…Born on The Bench”

maintenance the final frontier
Maintenance…The Final Frontier

Globalization now requires more than ever, your expensive fleet of molds to be production ready and process reliable.

Companies steeped in a reactive, firefighting culture are upgrading inefficient practices to meet the challenges of today’s market.

The disorganized approach of hand writing notes in log books and random instructions in typical work order formats is disappearing.

The bar… and the stakes… have been raised, while resources, budgets and inventory…are continuously lowered.

The key to improving mold performance and maintenance efficiency lies in the ability to identify and understand the issues, standardize maintenance practices and to fully utilize the data that you spend time collecting.

MoldTrax 5 was born for this.

typical maintenance culture
Typical Maintenance Culture
  • Firefighting the hot issues…over and over
  • Freelancing repairs…no shop consistency or standardization…everyone doing their own thing
  • Documentation practices…”journal” type W/O records with no structure and of little value
  • Little communication with outside vendors concerning mold requirements or maintenance practices.
types of systems currently used
Types of Systems Currently Used

Manual Systems

  • Log Books
  • Manual worksheets, checklists and work orders

Electronic Systems

  • In-house generated electronic systems
  • Off-the-shelf CMMS packages (computerized maintenance management system)
  • ERP’s (Enterprise Resource Planning) maintenance modules
typical log book entry
Typical Log Book Entry

No structure

Incomplete/ambiguous entries

excel format
Excel Format

Mold layout requires manual trending

Inconsistent terminology…must read and decipher all entries

typical w o format
Typical W/OFormat

Single text field means no detailed reports concerning mold or part defects

Single text field means no electronic correlation between defects above and corrective actions documented here.

No connection to who repaired what defect

why don t typical work order systems work
Why Don’t Typical Work Order Systems Work ?
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Incomplete data entries
  • No structure to entries…scattered thought process
  • Inconsistent (non-standard) terminology
  • Manual “searching” for defects and corrective actions
  • No data relationship between what was needed and what was done
  • Toolmakers required to read and decipher entries to utilize
  • No visual impact
why don t typical asset reliability systems work
Why Don’t TypicalAsset Reliability Systems Work ?
  • Generic terminology, structure and flow not intuitive to the run/repair cycle of a mold
  • Many screen changes, cumbersome to use
  • Critical information still buried in single text fields
  • No visual connection

Bottom Line:

If toolmakers don’t like it…they won’t use it …

if a maintenance system
If a Maintenance System:
  • Requires toolmakers and repair technicians to type or write subjective entries using inconsistent terminology into a single text field, then they are being paid to collect data…that no one will use.
3 basic questions a mold maintenance system should answer
What is your #1 unscheduled mold stop reason and associated corrective action costs?

What is your #1 mold issue or part defect?

What is your #1 mold with the highest maintenance costs (per hour of production)

All data related to these 3 questions needs to be easily sorted and viewed by:

Mold number, product description, configuration, press, start and stop dates and times, associated personnel, tooling used and labor hours required.

3 Basic Questions a MoldMaintenance System Should Answer
a successful system must 1 st bring value to the toolmaker or the repair technician by being
A Successful SystemMust1stBring Value to the Toolmaker or the Repair Technician by being:
  • Easy to use
    • Minimal typing
    • Quick, on-the-fly data entry
    • Column headings to prompt correct entries
    • Drop-down lists of standard plant terminology in critical fields
a successful system must 1 st bring value to the toolmaker or the repair technician by being14
A Successful SystemMust1stBring Value to the Toolmaker or the Repair Technician by being:
  • Easy to understand
    • Analyze past issues and repairs made quickly and accurately
    • Visual impact through digital images or drawings
A Successful System MustAlsoProvide a Reporting Structure That Allows Supervisors, Managers and Engineers To:
  • Analyze the true costs of mold maintenance by mold, configuration, product line or vendors.
  • Monitor shop efficiency & employee performance
  • Set defect targets and mold performance goals
  • Optimize mold down time hours
  • Reduce labor hrs. and maximize tooling life
  • Budget wisely and more effectively
and finally a successful system must
And Finally…A Successful System Must
  • Allow for future data skills growth. It does not make economic sense to purchase a W/O system that barely meets your current requirements, then spend time populating that data base with many molds and tooling. You are now handcuffed to a system that in time, will leave you wanting…and needing more.

MoldTrax 5 has many features that you may or may not initially use, and as shop data skills grow, these features will allow you to further standardize and track all aspects of your mold performance and maintenance efficiency.

Most companies already collect 80% of the information required to make informed decisions leading to dramatic improvements in mold performance and maintenance efficiency

They just don’t use it…

moldtrax 5
MoldTrax 5

What does it do?

  • MoldTrax 5 tracks the performance and maintenance of a variety of molds and dies, and has the capability to track different tooling configurations run in a single mold base. It then presents this information in over 25 unique reports.

How Does it work?

  • Mold performance data is collected at the press and in the shop using specifically formatted work sheets, or entered directly into the software for a paperless system.
so how is moldtrax different
So How is MoldTrax Different?

Other systems:

  • All other CMMS (computerized maintenance management systems) both large and small, utilize only one or two text fields in which to track work that is required and performed on a mold.

MoldTrax 5

  • Provides “maintenance designed” formats that provide specific columns to enter data into which is quicker, more accurate and allows full utilization of the data.
the moldtrax method
The MoldTrax Method
  • MT5 was designed from a “behind the bend” perspective with input from many journeyman repair technicians who specialize in the mold repair/refurbish field. It’s sole purpose is to track and report on the unique variables that control mold performance and repair.
  • MT5 screens and data entry fields follow the logical progression of a typical run/repair cycle, so those not PC savvy can easily enter and utilize the data.
  • MT5 uses drop down lists to populate specific fields with your company specific terminology. This insures accurate and consistent data collection, and allows the data to be filtered and sorted for troubleshooting and reporting.
moldtrax 5 features
MoldTrax 5 Features

Easily accessible, comprehensive User Guide with many examples and images. Simply click on any section in the table of contents and it takes you there automatically!

detail mold information screen
Detail Mold Information Screen

Live mold list…simply click on any mold and the data on the right side changes automatically in any of the 8 tab fields for instant comparison from mold to mold

tooling data tab
Tooling Data Tab

Describe required tooling alterations, formulate change-over or repair kits, note drawer locations and other important tooling issues…double click any field to zoom!

Categorize tooling for refined reporting

troubleshooting guide
Troubleshooting Guide

Describe defect and list probable causes, corrective and preventative actions

Standardize defect terminology for consistent reporting

Paste digital images and drawings of mold or part defects…double click to zoom image!

tech tips screen
Tech Tips Screen

Document critical or required steps/sequences used in disassembly, cleaning, assembly, final check and polishing procedures to standardize maintenance practices

Paste images or drawings of part and mold

maintenance tracking screen
Maintenance Tracking Screen

Track different tooling configurations run by a single mold base.

When you toggle through the mold run dates, all information on bottom half of screen changes accordingly for quick and accurate troubleshooting

Track repair hours by job or specific corrective action

Include a drawing or digital image of the defects noted during the production run…double click to zoom image!

Add W/O number created in your ERP for document connectivity

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Maintenance Tracking Screen

Tooling listed for this mold appears in the Corrective Action drop-down list for fast, consistent data entry and minimizes typing and random terminology.

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Maintenance Tracking Screen

Create a list of your Corrective Actions and track to see how shop hours are spent cleaning, replacement, adjusting, polishing etc…

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Maintenance Tracking Screen

Toolmakers and repair techs can quickly toggle back through repairs to see what tooling or corrective action was used to repair specific defects, and when.

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Maintenance Tracking Screen

Use this tab to schedule future maintenance activities by cycles or dates and track major mold events separate from normal PM’s

Track current mold status and servicing frequencies

single mold canned reports statistical and reference
Single Mold Canned Reports(Statistical and Reference)

Choose a Statistical or Reference report for any mold

Simply pick a mold from the drop down list

Choose from the list of production run dates (Begin and End) for this mold

new fasttrax reports
New FastTrax Reports

Simply type in any date range you want

Then choose from over 20 unique reports presented in a spreadsheet format that allows you to compare many fields for complete data utilization



Your molds are the most critical and expensive link to the health and prosperity of your company.

They deserve the complete and undivided attention that only a systemized approach can offer.

MoldTrax 5

Track the past. Secure the future

about the developer
About the developer…

Steve Johnson works as the Maintenance Systems Manager for Progressive Components. Previous experience includes 7 years as Senior Maintenance Tooling Engineer for Abbott Laboratories/Hospira, a leading medical device manufacturer. His experience also includes twenty five years as a toolmaker at Calmar, Inc., redesigning and rebuilding high cavitation close tolerance multicavity molds. Prior to this, he served four years in the U.S. Navy as a jet mechanic training reservists on maintaining the A4L Skyhawk.

Steve conducts nationwide seminars for ToolingDocs, on developing a systematic approach to mold maintenance. He also conducts maintenance capability assessments and hands-on training for plastics companies helping them to improve mold performance and shop maintenance efficiency.

This experience has enabled Steve to design and develop MoldTrax , a unique comprehensive documentation system for tracking mold performance and maintenance from a “real world” perspective.

Steve has authored many articles for various plastics industry magazines including his columns Across The Bench found in Moldmaking Technology andMold Shopfor Plastics Technology..


MoldTrax 5 $3,995.00 for net workable version--- plus 3 additional seats in the same facility at no chargeNo annual fees! No annual maintenance costs!Several types of training available!Download 15 day full working copy for free from or, set up a personalized walk through of the system at your PC via a WebEx connection or an in-house demo at your facility (1-2 hrs). Contact:Steve Johnson419-281-0790 orProgressive Components800-269-6653Visit us on the web at

The minimum system requirements to operate MoldTrax 5 are a Pentium III  1.2 GHz with 512 Meg of RAM and at least 100 meg of disk space free. Supported operating systems Windows 7, Vista, and XP Professional. Windows 2000, 95, 98, Me are not supported.