Mold manufacturers need to be able to differentiate themselves from the crowd, and that often means getting mold designers and engineers information on new materials and processes.
In fact, it can be argued that mold designers and engineers need to understand new processing and materials technology as much as they do the actual molds. One way that mold manufacturers have found to educate their tooling designers and engineers is by working in collaboration with materials and processing machinery suppliers. Recently, officials of Trexel Inc., suppliers of the MuCell microcellular foam technology, announced that training for the initial class of MuCell-certified tooling engineers and designers was recently completed at Proper Group International.
Proper Group is headquartered in Warren, MI, the heart of the North American automotive manufacturing region, and specializes in molds primarily for the automotive market. The company also has a molding facility in Anderson, SC, and a mold manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, to serve the automotive markets in those regions. "The Proper Group is an ideal partner for the MuCell technology as we look to accelerate penetration of the MuCell process in the automotive market," said Steve Braig, president and CEO of Trexel. "They're a technology leader with an established track record."...