I'm Thankful I Became A Mold Maker
Hans Noack was the Design Manager at Matrix Plastic Products for 30 years until his retirement in 2020. This blog is a look back at his successful career: how he got his start in mold making, what inspired his masterful mold designs, and what he finds most fulfilling about his life’s work.
Saving Troubled Transfer Programs
Whatever the original cause of the trouble may be, our goal in any transfer program is to repair/replace tooling components quickly, re-qualify the mold so production can resume, and craft a game plan to minimize total cost of ownership over the remaining lifetime of the program.
Micro Molds: One Key to Micromolding Success
The successful production of critical micromolded components at Matrix Plastic Products depends on several important factors. But it all begins with the close-tolerance, ultra precise micro molds we design and build here.
Life Expectancy of an Injection Mold
The lifetime of a plastic injection mold is impacted by several factors besides just the SPI class to which it was built. Clamping, preventive maintenance, and mold protections all play a role in how long a well-built mold will last once in production.
Mold Making: Technology or Art?
Matrix Plastic Products actually began as "Matrix Tooling", a specialty mold builder, in 1978. That tooling tradition continues today as we blend moldmaking craftsmanship with state-of-the-art CNC technology and equipment. It takes the best of both to produce the highest quality molds while meeting our customers’ compressed lead times.
The Importance of Apprenticeships
Apprenticeship in a trade like moldmaking is a viable alternative to the typical 4-year college degree, and a path to career success for those with the talent and inclination to pursue it.
Insulated Runner Molds: Older Technology Might Still Suffice
Somewhere in between the cold runner and hot runner lies the old technology of the insulated runner: a less expensive option for running quick cycle, commodity resin parts with frequent color changes.