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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“MoldTrax…Born on The Bench”
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.
Mold layout requires manual trending
Inconsistent terminology…must read and decipher all entries
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
If toolmakers don’t like it…they won’t use it …
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
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.
They just don’t use it…Fact
What does it do?
How Does it work?
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
Tooling listed for this mold appears in the Corrective Action drop-down list for fast, consistent data entry and minimizes typing and random terminology.
Create a list of your Corrective Actions and track to see how shop hours are spent cleaning, replacement, adjusting, polishing etc…
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.
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
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
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
Defects by Mold Block and Quality
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.
Track the past. Secure the future
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 www.MoldTrax.com 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 www.MoldTrax.com
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.