Hi there, Tooling Managers of the world. Are you having a hard time knowing whether your suppliers are operating and maintaining your molds the ways you expect them to?
Well, you are not alone.
A large number of tooling engineers have told us that it is almost impossible to use manual method like excel sheets to manage their molds that have been outsourced to suppliers.
For example, Jungwoo, a mold manager at one of the largest global electronics companies, said that their suppliers in China often ran their molds faster than they were designed to in order to catch up with delayed production. This, he claimed, significantly adversely affect the quality of parts and would shorten the mold lifespans in the long run.
Dereck, a tooling engineer working for a multinational household appliance company in the UK, added that some of their suppliers in Vietnam repeatedly reported mold breakdowns after only completing 60 ~ 80% of the designed shot counts, likely due to poor or delayed preventive maintenance or improper operation methods.
One thing that the above cases have in common is that their troubles are rooted in the fact that tooling managers today have limited or no visibility over the status and performance of their outsourced molds.
That being said, more companies are starting to adapt to this problem through IoT solutions in mold management. Tooling managers now realize that a comprehensive mold-monitoring system can maximize mold life and ensure measurable cost savings.
The concept of IoT in molds is as thus: placing an eMoldino IoT sensor to track mold lifespan, productivity, cycle time, maintenance statues, location and operating statues; and finally empowering the mold so that it communicates this data directly and automatically to data management and analysis systems.
Gone would be the days of making phone calls or emails to check in with suppliers and using excel sheets to manage thousands of the tooling information. With a few clicks on a computer, tooling mangers can easily monitor and compare the updated molds' performance, even if their molds are in different supplier facilities around the globe.
Additionally, eShotLink Tooling counter only shows current shot counts for maintenance purposes. Sensitive information, such as cycle time, operating statues and location, show up on corporate systems only. Finally, as a further measure against tampering, counters cannot be reset or adjusted without OEM authorization.
IoT solutions have been widely favored by tooling teams in large global OEMs such as Samsung and HP because of their ease of implementation. Simple, seamless integration with data management and analytics systems means no additional training or complexity, making such solutions even more desirable.
Mold activity data lets tooling managers understand their tooling status regardless of location. With accurate data provided in real-time, there is tremendous room for improvement in tooling and supplier performance.
Sound good so far? Not sure if this solution is applicable to my tooling and suppliers?
We offer a demonstration for OEMs and 1st Tier suppliers, for services such as internal testing, data integration, consulting services and installation.
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Mold Lifespan tracking and maintenance alert are just part of the large-scale applications of eMoldino. If you would like to learn about the other applications, please visit our blog or stay tuned to our company page.