Mailbag writer should find new customers
In response to the Nov. 17, Page 8 Mailbag ``Good mold makers, bad businesspeople,'' Michael Prosek of Core Dynamics Inc. stereotypes molders under $10 million in sales by saying:
They are staffed with incompetent tooling engineers.
Have arrogant purchasing department staff.
And have sales staff that don't have a clue as to how to make tooling.
Mr. Prosek, you must get away from your bench and find yourself some new customers!
Our relationship (and I mean relationship) with local mold makers is a very positive one at that. When the time comes to sit down and finalize plans for tooling, the ``team'' — consisting of the customer, the molder, the mold maker, and any others necessary, such as material technicians — sits down until everyone is convinced they can produce a quality part with the tool they are going to build.
If purchasing, engineering, and sales dictate how to build the mold, one should brush up on their communication skills.
Also note that even though the ``craftsmen'' want to own and run their own businesses, they may not be cut out to be businessmen. Not everyone is suited to be a business owner and that is true for any type of business, not just tool and die making.
On the other hand, people with good business savvy and some knowledge of mold making who can hire and surround themselves with qualified tool makers will have a good chance of being successful.
We need good mold makers. There is a shortage of qualified people out there, and, in fact, our trade school enrollment is reflecting the lack of interest, too.
Now, if you want to talk about people who work hours on end to fulfill promises, you are not alone again. As hot as the mold is to build, no one ever allows the molder lead time to sample the mold. As soon as it hits the dock, it is expected to get into a press and run parts. If something isn't right, the heat falls into the molders lap, even when it isn't a molding problem.
Your hours worked, your production problems, pressure from your customers, you are not alone. These things are not exclusive to you. We all feel it. It keeps a consistent attitude, a professional mind-set and your emotions in check to keep it going.
Mr. Prosek, don't always blame the molder.
Lewis Plastics Co. Inc.
UV filters ease need for opaque bottles
I found Steve Toloken's Oct. 27, Page 7 article on the effects of ultraviolet light on milk very interesting.
Thermoplastic Processes Inc. has sold UV filters for fluorescent lamps for decades to help deal with the damage caused by lighting within the store prior to purchase.
The use of these filter sleeves and keeping the natural high density polyethylene milk bottles in bags on the way home should minimize the need to use more expensive opaque bottles.
Joseph Rene DuPont
Thermoplastic Processes Inc.