2Maintenance…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 4.0 was born for this.
3Typical Maintenance Culture Firefighting the hot issues…over and overFreelancing repairs…no shop consistency or standardization…everyone doing their own thingDocumentation practices…”journal” type W/O records with no structure and of little valueLittle communication with outside vendors concerning mold requirements or maintenance practices.
4Types of Systems Currently Used Manual SystemsLog BooksManual worksheets, checklists and work ordersElectronic SystemsIn-house generated electronic systemsOff-the-shelf CMMS packages (computerized maintenance management system)ERP’s (Enterprise Resource Planning) maintenance modules
5Incomplete/ambiguous entries No structureTypical Log Book EntryIncomplete/ambiguous entries
6Excel Format Mold layout requires manual trending Inconsistent terminology…must read and decipher all entries
7No connection to who repaired what defect Single text field means no detailed reports concerning mold or part defectsTypical W/O FormatSingle text field means no electronic correlation between defects above and corrective actions documented here.No connection to who repaired what defect
8Why Don’t Typical Work Order Systems Work ? Illegible handwritingIncomplete data entriesNo structure to entries…scattered thought processInconsistent (non-standard) terminologyManual “searching” for defects and corrective actionsNo data relationship between what was needed and what was doneToolmakers required to read and decipher entries to utilizeNo visual impact
9Why Don’t Generic Asset Reliability Systems Work ? Generic terminology, structure and flow not intuitive to the run/repair cycle of a moldMany screen changes, cumbersome to useCritical information still buried in single text fieldsNo visual connectionBottom Line:If toolmakers don’t like it…they won’t use it …
10If 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.
113 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.
12What Are The Keys To A Successful Maintenance Software System? So then…What Are The Keys To A Successful Maintenance Software System?
13A Successful System Must 1st Bring Value to the Toolmaker or the Repair Technician by being: Easy to useMinimal typingQuick, on-the-fly data entryColumn headings to prompt correct entriesDrop-down lists of standard plant terminology in critical fields
14A Successful System Must 1st Bring Value to the Toolmaker or the Repair Technician by being: Easy to understandAnalyze past issues and repairs made quickly and accuratelyVisual impact through digital images or drawings
15A Successful System Must Also Provide 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 performanceSet defect targets and mold performance goalsOptimize mold down time hoursReduce labor hrs. and maximize tooling lifeBudget wisely and more effectively
16And 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 4.0 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.
17So what kind of data needs to be collected and utilized?
19Fact They just don’t use it… Most companies already collect 80% of the information required to make informed decisions leading to dramatic improvements in mold performance and maintenance efficiencyThey just don’t use it…
21MoldTrax 4.0 What does it do? How Does it work? MoldTrax 4.0 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.
23So 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 4.0:Provides “maintenance designed” formats that provide specific columns to enter data into which is quicker, more accurate and allows full utilization of the data.
24The MoldTrax MethodMT4 was designed with input from many toolmakers who spent their entire careers in the mold repair/refurbish field. It’s sole purpose is to track and report on the unique variables of mold performance and repair.MT4 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.MT4 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.
25MoldTrax 4.0 FeaturesEasily 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!
26Detail 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
27Categorize tooling for refined reporting Tooling Data TabDescribe 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
28Troubleshooting Guide Describe defect and list probable causes, corrective and preventative actionsStandardize defect terminology for consistent reportingPaste digital images and drawings of mold or part defects…double click to zoom image!
29Paste images or drawings of part and mold Tech Tips ScreenDocument critical or required steps/sequences used in disassembly, cleaning, assembly, final check and polishing procedures to standardize maintenance practicesPaste images or drawings of part and mold
30Maintenance 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 troubleshootingTrack repair hours by job or specific corrective actionInclude 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
31Maintenance 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.
32Maintenance Tracking Screen Create a list of your Corrective Actions and track to see how shop hours are spent cleaning, replacement, adjusting, polishing etc…
33Maintenance 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.
34Maintenance Tracking Screen Use this tab to schedule future maintenance activities by cycles or dates and track major mold events separate from normal PM’sTrack current mold status and servicing frequencies
36Specific Text Fields Mean Comprehensive Reporting
37Single Mold Canned Reports (Statistical and Reference) Choose a Statistical or Reference report for any moldSimply pick a mold from the drop down listChoose from the list of production run dates (Begin and End) for this mold
38Simply type in any date range you want New FastTrax ReportsSimply type in any date range you wantThen choose from over 20 unique reports presented in a spreadsheet format that allows you to compare many fields for complete data utilization
40Defect Type Analysis Report Shows Where to Focus Attention
41Instantly Recognize Molds or Products With High Defect Counts Defects by Mold Block and QualityMoldDescriptionConfigurationTroubleShooters DefectsTypeBlockedQualityCount5895Ress-Tubefeed "A"StandardFlash Threads at P/LPartNoYes206870ADH-Cup "C"Long Gate126454-C21 ML VHC "H"Pull Ring Failure116471-C18 ML VHC HelixHelixFlash on Pull RingDrag on Frosted Skirt106889-CBreak Cap "K"Vertical Flash Open End5413-SHinged CapFlash Ejector Pin6942ADH- Round CupScuff on BodyHoriz. Flash Open End96259Ress- ConnectorVert. Flash (Small Open End) Bottom6278-CBreak Cap "H"Modified
45Track the past. Secure the future RememberYour 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 4.0Track the past. Secure the future
46MoldTrax 4.0 Setting A New Standard in Maintenance
47About 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 4.0, 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 and Mold Shop for Plastics Technology..
48MoldTrax $2, for net workable version--- plus 5 additional seats in the same facility at no charge No annual fees. No annual maintenance costs. MoldTrax 3.0 users upgrade to free of charge 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 Johnson or Progressive Components Visit us on the web atThe minimum system requirements to operate MoldTrax 4.0 are a Pentium III 1.2 GHz with 512 Meg of RAM and at least 100 meg of disk space free. Supported operating systems are Windows 2000, and XP Professional. Windows 95, 98, Me are not supported.