Tom Houle is a Featured Speaker at the MD&M Minneapolis Conference

Tom Houle, Director, LUMEX N.A. was recently announced as a featured speaker at the MD&M Minneapolis Conference, October 16-17, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Houle will present the Case Study — Utilizing Hybrid Metal AM for Rapid Production of Tooling in Room 102 D at 9:00 am on October 17.

This case-study based presentation focuses on the use of Hybrid Metal AM to reduce the lead time for MIM Tooling while improving product development and time to market scenarios for MIM processors and their customers.

His presentation, Utilizing Hybrid Metal AM for Rapid Production of Tooling,  focuses on the real-world techniques to create tooling which meets traditional manufacturing specifications by using Hybrid Metal AM equipment and materials.

Houle will present multiple real-world examples where tight lead-times were met (or exceeded) by employing a manufacturing process from start to finish developed around the Hybrid Metal AM technology.  These examples will highlight the planning, preparation, and philosophy needed to “go-fast” to create useable tooling for product launch and how to capitalize on this tooling platform to transition into production manufacturing.

Houle’s presentation will also highlight the expected results and tolerances that can be achieved through Hybrid Metal AM and follow the results through to the production part.  In addition, he will present real-world costs associate with implementing this technology with a direct comparison to a traditionally manufactured mold.  Finally, Houle will highlight the manufacturing issues facing MIM Processors as they try and continue to out-source tooling and how the correct implementation of Hybrid Metal AM can address many of the current market concerns.

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Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.’s Tom Houle is an experienced Manufacturing Professional with a demonstrated history of success in the tooling and plastics industry. He is skilled in new product development, Program Management, Sales and Business development, new Technology adoption and Manufacturing systems and experienced with in-mold sensing and monitoring to measure mold and part performance. Houle has nearly 30 years of continuing experience in the injection mold and molding industry developing turn-key projects for customers all around the globe.

In his role as Director, LUMEX NA for Matsuura USA, Houle leverages his experience in operational excellence and continues to develop a cutting-edge, innovative U.S. presence for Matsuura’s Hybrid AM Manufacturing solution.  He inspires a culture of continuous improvement by defining goals, developing strategies, implementing systems and measuring performance results for the LUMEX product.

Houle has more than 30 years of experience in the mold industry, new product development, engineering solutions, along with his interpersonal skills, business acumen and a passion for manufacturing solutions shows in his passion for the Matsuura LUMEX technology.

Houle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.