FREE Scientific Molding Webinar: Plastics Today

 

FREE SCIENTIFIC MOLDING WEBINAR

February 13     11:00 AM PST

Plastic injection processing has experienced massive change in the last 20 years. The days of molding by time and pressure have given way to molding by position, peak pressure and process repeatibility, aka scientific molding.

I am hosting this Plastics Today webinar and will provide instruction on key scientific molding principles.

Essential topics include:  process development, recording, monitoring and control; standardization; design optimization experiments; and process optimization.

Molding managers, process engineers, quality engineers, process technicians and anyone who needs an understanding of scientific molding and lean manufacturing concepts will benefit from this webinar.

 

Attend this webinar and learn:

 

  • What is needed during the process development stage
  • How to capture all scientific data specific to a process, including melt and mold temperature and turbulent flow
  • How to avoid situations that adversely affect process standardization (including an overview of tools that improve and verify process consistency)
  • Techniques that improve cycle times without jeopardizing process consistency and scrap rates
  • The nuances of fill time, gate seal, back pressure, pressure drop, cavity balance, melt and mold temperature, cavity pressure, viscosity and more

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for webinar

Click HERE for information regarding Scientific Molding training in your plant..

CORE Plastic Injection Processor Training

The plastic411 CORE Processor training system is an in-plant training program that first identifies the strengths and weaknesses of your team,, and then develops in-house training at your plant using your presses and equipment!

This is NOT class room training that is quickly lost with very little retention due to the generic content of many programs that often are not providing information that applies to your plant!

  • PROCESSING I (includes scientific molding intro)
  • Scientific Molding 

Plastic411 2 day training programs cost considerably lower than most major training companies.. but content is primarily the same.

The primary difference?  The training is developed to be company specific. Very little class time.. on your floor, using your plant’s equipment, materials and processes. 2 day courses that you and I develop together.

The purpose of the training is simple.. to build core skill sets that apply directly to specific company needs and weaknesses. I developed the program based on the common complaint that current platforms have become universal. Much of the information taught isn’t retained because content doesn’t pertain to plant specifics, which makes it difficult to apply in a molder’s own specific environment.

Training Availability: Continental US. PROCESSING I generally starts at $3800, up to 6 attendees. Travel is of course an additional expense. Currently operating the business out of the mid west (Michigan), but also operate out of Florida. 6 month rotation.

 

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Eliminating the “Fire Fight” in Plastic Injection

Plastics production rides a fine line when the goal of low scrap, high yields and sustainable, repeatable systems are being developed. Without the proper approach, the system can  quickly fall into one of two categories: tribulation.. or turmoil. Quite often you will hear old school molders describing their battle for a robust processing system as “fire fighting” in the world of plastic injection molding. In real terms, “fighting fires” on the production floor is a sign of system failure. True molding standards don’t require constant coddling, adjusting, sorting, etc. It is real easy to fall into the trap of applying “Band-Aids” to molding situations when the proper approach should have been……

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Top 10 Reasons Molders Fail at Scientific Molding

TOP 10 REASONS COMPANIES FAIL AT SCIENTIFIC MOLDING

Rare is the occasion that you will find me writing an article in first person. I have always just felt that the best way to include my molding peers in the depth of the topics I cover is to put them in the driver’s seat. However this article is best presented with analogies and 30 years past experience. As such, I will be covering 10 scenarios that occur which cause “scientific molding” based companies to fail in their utilization of the principles they attempt to practice. Trust me.. there are many more I could outline, but to prevent readers from sleeping through my soap box episode, I will limit my scope to 10…..

 

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Effective Machine Shutdowns are Key to Successful Start Ups

By Garrett MacKenzie

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The weekend comes to an end and the time comes to bring the molding floor back online for the beginning of a new work week. A molder can sometimes dread the tasks associated with a full plant restart. There are many potential failures that can occur as a plant is returned to a production state. Despite these risks, much of the headache can be avoided simply through proper shutdown and start up procedures. The following article addresses many key components that often lead to poor restarts. It also provides insight into some of the methods that can be implemented to not only reduce system breakdowns, but also can offer smoother start-ups with fewer problems…

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Plastic411: A Closer Look at Scientific Molding

 

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By Garrett MacKenzie

Plastic injection processing has experienced massive change in the last 20 years. The days of molding by time and pressure have given way to molding by position, peak pressure and robust  process.  RJG and John Bozzelli  were major pioneers in the development of decoupled and scientific molding as the procedures were developed and given structure. Plastic injection as an “art” gave way to plastics processing as a science of repeatable, standardized processes.

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Plastics Technology Article: Optimizing Your Molding Cycle

By Garrett MacKenzie

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It is possible for machines to run too fast—find the sweet spot where maximum output overlaps with good parts.

 

In today’s fast paced plastic injection industry, lean manufacturing is a primary driver of profitability. Without lean, organizations find their operations are sluggish and ineffective. This not only affects a company’s ability to successfully grow and prosper, but the capability of taking on new work also suffers because current systems have not been effectively streamlined. This article addresses cycle time optimization, outlining the different variables within the molding process that can be used to maximize profits.

 

One of the first points that needs to be made when addressing this topic is to acknowledge that it is possible for machines to run too fast. Every molding job is different, and the following conditions must be satisfied to properly assure that the optimization is successful……

 

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Five Lean Myths and the Reality of Thinking Lean

The Leadership Network: Jeffery Liker

You can only imagine how exciting it was for industrial engineers and researchers when they were conducting research to understand the strategy and tools behind Toyota’s meteoric growth.

All the studies showed that Toyota was faster, with less costs and inventory, and delivering a higher quality compared to the American and European automakers. And it wasn’t by a small amount; Toyota used a small fraction of the inventory yet built cars on time every day with high quality…..

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