Progressive Components International Corp. is continuing its expansion both in locations and in product offerings.
The Wauconda, Ill.-based tooling components supplier has added MoldTrax mold maintenance software and its creative team, and will open an office in Hong Kong later this year, bringing its global presence to nine locations on three continents, President Glenn Starkey said June 19 at NPE 2006 in Chicago.
Progressive expects to open the site during the fourth quarter, he said.
The newest version of the software, MoldTrax 4.0, is now available as part of the standard Progressive catalog. Its developer, Steve Johnson, joined the firm as maintenance systems manager.
``We've all got systems built in to our cars to let us know if we need to add oil before the engine seizes up,'' Starkey said. ``Why wouldn't we have it for a half-a-million-dollar mold? We've really assembled a top team to address this.''
Johnson's firm, MoldTrax of Ashland, Ohio, developed the software to improve tracking of mold repairs and maintenance, and to make it easier for press operators and maintenance workers to log adjustments and repairs to the mold.
He has worked with Progressive in the past, but now the software will be part of Progressive's product offerings, even as he continues to fine-tune the program.
The latest version adds the capability to search mold maintenance over a specific date range, Johnson said.
With a few clicks of the keyboard, molders can pull up a list of everything recorded about the mold during the past few months. They can see if problems occur on a specific press or with a specific operator, he said.