Mold management can be roughly divided into 3 different parts. That is mold development, mold use and mold maintenance. Therefore, for the effective mold management, companies or factories can start from the process to improve the problems of management.
1. The development of mold
First of all, in terms of mold development, companies need to establish a mold development team. Besides, they should assign a project manager and a contact person to monitor the development process.
Hold a mold development meeting to discuss product characteristics, steel types, mold life, precision requirements, mechanical specifications, the impact of finished product shapes on molds, and evaluate development time. Through these management methods, companies can not only obtain more accurate evaluations, but also can train new employees in mutual exchanges.
At the same time, companies must monitor the actual progress of the project. For example, use project monitoring tools to estimate and calculate the actual schedule. And Compare the actual progress of the project with the planned schedule. Then, correct any errors that deviate from the plan and respond appropriately in time to produce in groups and branches. Or having different masters for wire cutting, deep hole processing, lathe, polishing, heat treatment, etc.
In this way, it is not only easier to train technical staff, but also doesn’t have to rely on one or two skilled talents. And that can reduce the loss of talents. But in this process, the instructions of process must be standard and clear. In addition, facing the short delivery time constraints, some tasks can also be outsourced so that companies can concentrate resources on their core work.
2. The use of mold
Secondly, when using the molds, pay attention to the difficulties often encountered in extraction, mold assembly, test mold manufacturing and recycling. For example:
- The mold cannot be found or the mold is damaged and cannot be used.
- Find the mold needs to be repaired after the mold is installed and tested.
- Didn’t notice the mold is out of date during the manufacturing, which affects the product quality.
- Didn’t record the status of used mold record, etc.
Facing these problems, it is necessary to record the use status and information of the mold each time. Because recording the stamping times of the mold is very helpful for evaluating the life of the mold. At the same time, companies should practice regular or fixed maintenance. Then, check if it needs repairing according to the situation. What’s more, they should provide information about the used mold, so that customers can evaluate the impact of molds on product quality and decide the need to build new molds.
In addition, it is necessary to unify the management of molds entering and leaving the warehouse. Someone must be responsible for the borrowing and returning of molds, and record and sign for all the in and out of mold.
Finally, in terms of mold maintenance, they should make an independent record for each mold. Moreover, companies must set a separate folder (real or electronic folder) for each mold to record all the changes and statuses, such as the life and the status of the mold, including abnormal wear and tear. Also, the mold must be clearly classified, such as hardware, die-casting, and plastic.
In addition, it is necessary to develop a maintenance plan to conduct regular maintenance and management of the mold. So it can reduce the risk of damage and the maintenance costs.