Category Archives: Scientific Molding: Theory and Application

This group’s purpose is sharing information as it relates to scientific and decoupled molding

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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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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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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Laws of Viscosity in Molding

By Garrett MacKenzie

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Viscosity is a very large category that has huge effects on standardizing molding processes. It is also one of the most important  factors in a molder’s arsenal of making process changes. This article will first explain viscosity, and then delve into different situations where viscosity may help or be hurting  a processors goal of zero scrap and high output…..

 

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Mold Watering/ Heating: Key of Process Control

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By Garrett MacKenzie

When trying to establish process control in plastic injection, watering the tool is a key variable that is often overlooked. Water set-up and design are every bit as important as establishing and recording a repeatable process. The steps taken when watering a mold are key to a processor’s goal of consistency. If during the design and development stage, watering is put on the back burner as an “unimportant” variable, the potential for lost process control is huge. 

Below are some insights into the most important facets of cooling or heating your mold, as well as what recordable data are important in the initial stages of process engineering…

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Bozzelli: Getting Good Data from DOE

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Dealing with so many variables can get confusing. One way to get a handle on them is to organize or categorize the processing variables into groups. To do this I use Don Paulson’s four plastic variables (Don founded Paulson Training Programs Inc.), but I change the word “variables” to “categories.” This helps separate plastic variables from machine variables. So I review the process problem relative to four categories of variables—from the point of view of the plastic: flow rate (encompassing shear rate and injection velocity); temperature; pressure; cooling rate and time…..
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