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Plastic411 Plastic Injection Consultants

The Plastic411 Engineering network offers some of the top consultants in the industry. Our team has been hand picked for their skill sets and ability, and all have a minimum of 20 years in the plastics industry!

Plastic411 Consultants have a diverse background, with areas of expertise in:

  • Scientific & Decoupled Processing
  • Plant Layout
  • Machine Service and equipment installation
  • ERP Analysis and improvement
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Central Feed Installations
  • Smart Attend Monitoring Installation
  • Historical Data Development/ Implementation
  • Automation and robotics development
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Moldtrax Hot Runner Training

3-Day Hot Runner Event: August 20-22

Learn from 5 leading suppliers of Hot Runner Sys­tems at this unprecedented educational event. Registration is limited to only 20 seats, so don’t delay in holding your spot!

The event includes training developed by Husky, Synventive, MoldMasters, DME and others .. as well as 100 years collective experience being led by (yes, we are all getting old) Bill Hartwick, Rich Oles and Plastics Icon John Bozzelli… Click the link below the Moldtrax logo to review the event brochure..

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1st Annual Plastic411 College Scholarship

AWARD AMOUNT: $1500 towards tuition for any Grand Rapids Community College or Ferris State University student who intends to make plastic injection their career.. Student submissions wiil be judged by Clare Goldsberry ( Plastics Hall of Fame), Norbert Sparrow ( Plastics Today), and members from Plastics Technology Magazine! Click the link below for details. Top 3 students have their article featured on Plastic411.com!

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Identifying and Correcting Splay Defects

Plastics processors are responsible for making process corrections when defects affect their scrap rate. One of the most common defects in plastic injection is splay. Splay adjustments can be a simple fix, or several hours of babysitting a press and head scratching. This article will help to identify various forms of splay, as well as common (and less common) causes. It will also provide various solutions for removing splay from your process….

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Scientific Troubleshooting in Plastic Injection

Plastic Injection Troubleshooting:

Using Scientific Molding Approach When Validated Processes Fail

 

Many companies apply scientific principles to their set up and validation of processes. After all, this methodology has proven its worth as a successful approach in process development. However, it is important to note that SM goes beyond set up. The true test of processors is how they evaluate change in validated processes that have already been proven. This article will define criteria that identify root causes for change and provide information and approaches to evaluate and correct changes that occur…

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The Value of Historical Data

This article outlines the value of historical data as it relates to physical conditions outside of the normal process control measurements normally monitored. It will provide three primary examples of what physical data should be recorded, and how to use that information to identify changes occurring within the original molding conditions.

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Broad and Fine Adjustments in Plastic Injection

 

Process adjustments  result in a multitude of possible results, both good or bad. Process adjustment in regards to machine response can be compared to older style radios with knobs designed for both broad and fine tuning. The larger knob can be adjusted for aggressively adjusting frequencies to get to the station you want. The smaller knob allows for fine tuning of a particular station.

This article addresses various process changes a processor has available when making process adjustments to new or poorly performing processes . It will outline specific parameter changes, their potential outcomes.. as well as specific problems to look for after adjustments have been made. It also provides insight on how long it takes for specific changes to take effect ….

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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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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…..

Click HERE to read this Jeffrey Liker’s article…