“To infinity, and beyond…” Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story, 1995 – Disney)

2014 saw a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. That resurgence was fueled by a number of factors. Lower domestic energy prices, specifically natural gas and oil, drove the costs of doing business down. The growing demand for reduced product development and production lead times, compounded by an increasing labor cost in China, has also continued to […]

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Aluminum Prototypes: To hand-load or not to hand-load…that is the question!

In establishing the best course of action for your company’s prototype tooling needs, there are several factors that need to be addressed in the prototype tool design; cost should not be the only driver in that decision making process.  The critical factors that need to be assessed can have lasting effects on production tooling, and […]

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Moldmaker interaction reduces product development cycle

Recently, it has become clear to me just how critical moldmaker involvement is in the reduction of the product development cycle. An OEM came to RMS and required a speedy launch to meet their sales and marketing department’s release objectives. These objectives were necessary to capitalize on a cyclical market and this release date was […]

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NEW Mori Seiki Turning Milling Center is here!

Rapid Mold Solutions has made an investment in modern turning with the addition of the Mori Seiki NL2500SY / 700 turning center. This marvel of modern hybrid turning and milling technology will enable the production of more complex round parts for our customers. This machine is unique in that increasing the rigidity between the spindle […]

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Lean, Streamlined Machining – leads to mean, green, profit machine!

Few things make upper level management happier than improved profits! Throughout the last few years, RMS has taken pride in the fact that we have helped a number of customers improve their margins by close evaluation of their machined component machining processes. New technology combined with old-fashioned ingenuity is quite often the means to happier […]

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The Inevitable flight “back” to quality…

In the words of the New York Yankee’s immortal, Yogi Berra: “It’s like déjà vu all over again”. These words ring true, yet again in the tool and die world. As the automotive industry rebounds from one of the most tumultuous economic downturns in history; the globalization of platforms, the rush to roll out new, […]

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Innovate to create market space

In the past few days I have been focusing on a presentation that I have to deliver to a customer’s purchasing team. The theme of the presentation is how Rapid Mold Solutions’ long term business plan will create competitive advantage for this particular customer. During the process of formulating this plan, it struck me how […]

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FULL Disclosure for optimized solutions

It never ceases to amaze me how customers feel the necessity to withhold pertinent information when seeking a competitive quote.  A few days ago I was approached with the opportunity to quote a 1+1 family tool to prototype parts for a customer.  The customer made it clear that this was to be strictly a prototype […]

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Quote Anatomy: Are you dissecting the quote to determine what you get in that bottom line?

The most recent economic downturn has forced many companies to reduce human resources to an absolute minimum. This dramatic reduction has made massive productivity increases mandatory to maintain the services that every level of the supply chain from OEMs down is accustomed to. Let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day […]

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Solutions: The Product of Creativity and Understanding

Today’s marketplace is a tough one. Tool & Die Manufacturers are faced with a variety of conditions that affect profitability, and in many cases, merely keeping the doors open. The primary factor facing us is the customer’s never ending search for ways to cut costs. The Tool shop is forced to compete in one of […]

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