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Moldmakers are a creative bunch and often come up with ideas for products to make their jobs easier. That's how moldmaker Terry Allemann along with his father, Jim Allemann, a moldmaker for 50 years, developed the idea for their new patent pending pin measuring system, a state-of-the-art device that increases accuracy and reduces cost in the pin measurement process.

Clare Goldsberry

June 26, 2014

3 Min Read
Moldmaker gets creative with new pin measurement device

Moldmakers are a creative bunch and often come up with ideas for products to make their jobs easier. That's how moldmaker Terry Allemann along with his father, Jim Allemann, a moldmaker for 50 years, developed the idea for their new patent pending pin measuring system, a state-of-the-art device that increases accuracy and reduces cost in the pin measurement process.

The standard configuration of the pin measuring system is offered in both an 18" and 42" model with 1/8" to 1¼"+ diameter capacity. Custom sizes are available as special orders. All wear components are made from tool steel hardened to 60 RC of long life and durability. The pin measuring system also comes with replaceable anvils which allow using custom anvils for unique and difficult measuring applications. Available options include RS 232 cable for SPC output, as well as a beautifully finished oak box with a bi-fold lid to keep the pin measuring system from getting dusty and dirty. Measuring can be done with the instrument in the box.

IMG_4638_0.jpegThe measuring system incorporates the shop-tested Newall scale and readouts back by a five year warranty. The DP700 has the ability to measure in inch, metric, absolute and incremental.

Terry Allemann, president of Allemann Machine & Tool, has been a moldmaker for 32 years. He and his wife started the company in 2009, which he says wasn't a bad time to open a business. "If you told someone you were interested in buying a machine too, you had four people at your door wanting to sell you one," Allemann said. "I started this company on a hope and got the first job before we had the machines hooked up."

Allemann's main business is specializing in the building of core pins and ejector systems for molds, not the complete mold. "We found a niche in this business to supply mold manufacturers with all the small miscellaneous mold components that can time away from building the mold," Allemann said. "We build core pins for many different mold building companies. It's more economical for us to build their core pins than for them to do it in-house."

Allemann's specialty business meant that obviously, they needed a good way to measure the length of all these different core pins, so the Allemann's developed the pin measuring machine. The oak box is an option because when Allemann originally built the first pin measuring systems, they kept getting asked how to cover it.

Allemann said that some of the benefits of the pin measuring system include the ease of use that allows anyone - whether a seasoned toolmaker or an entry level employee - to measure core pins accurately and consistently, and dramatically reduce labor costs and inspection time, while eliminating micrometer reading errors.

The system's unique design and small footprint allows the machine to be placed at the point of use in the production stream for constant and up-to-the-minute monitoring of the inspection process. 

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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