Complete Injection Molding - 2 1/2 Day Course
Course Number: AP3403
Date: 02/06/2019 - 02/08/2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
Cost: $1,400 USD
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman
This 2 1/2 day course covers injection molding processes from machine and tooling to the production of high quality parts. Advanced injection molding principles that will be presented include tooling/design, plastic material behavior and avoiding molding defects. The instructor will discuss scientific molding including pressure and thermal transducers for maximizing control. The course focuses on the development of troubleshooting skills and the specific needs of each individual class member. All students are welcome to bring samples for discussion to formulate possible solutions. Concepts discussed in the classroom will be reinforced with "hands-on" activities in the Akron Polymer Training Center's laboratory.
Please note: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).
Mr. Hickman is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of polymer engineering experience in the field. In addition, Robert has received advanced Polymer Engineering training from various institutions including the University of Akron (one of the top 10 polymer engineering universities in the nation). His education further includes certifications in marketing from Cleveland State University, I.T. certifications from Edison Community College, Mold flow Corporation, Coretech Systems, CTRL Systems, AC Technologies, Ohio CAE Services, University of Akron Polymer Training Center, and the Solidworks Corporation.
Robert has significant hands-on experience with productivity programs, product design, concurrent development and optimization, finite element analysis, various CAD/CAM/CAE softwares and Lean/Six Sigma principles (Green Belt) in the manufacturing sector.
A significant portion of Mr. Hickman’s experience in the polymer industry was obtained on the manufacturing floor, directing a problem-solving environment. In addition to his hands-on experience, Mr. Hickman has taught polymer related courses at the University of Akron (APTC), participated in several beta testing programs for well-known softwares such as I-deas (now NX), Solidworks, C-Mold and Moldex3D. For several years, Mr. Hickman served as the Global Plastic Simulation Special Interest Group Chairman for the I-deas user group known as ICCON and served on the board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Plastics Tooling Division).
The Injection Molding Machine
- Selecting the right machine
- Determining shot capacity
- Heat profiles
- Heat reaction
- Melt index
Molding Machine Overview
- Plasticizing unit
- Clamp unit
- Mold finishes
Injection Molded Parts
- Parts produced with this process
- The relationship of controls to material flow characteristics and part performance
- Boost pressure
- Pack and hold pressure
- Elements of the molding cycle
- Material handling
- Auto loaders
Types of Machines
- Two color
- Gas assist
- Material behavior in the molding process
- Plasticizing unit
- Clamp sizing
- Clamp types
- Ejector systems
Injection Molded Parts
- Basics of part design and the effect on the process
- Think like a molecule! The effect of molding process parameters at the molecular level
- Optimizing the process to produce quality parts
- Understand the proper terminology to help solve molding problems
- Learn to consistently produce quality parts
- Understand how properly set machine controls can cut scrap and cycle time
- Gain a better understanding of the entire molding process by learning more about your machines and their capabilities
- Learn what it takes to recognize molding defects and how to correct them
- Become familiar with basic design considerations
- Gain a better understanding of material behavior in the molding process
- Develop your troubleshooting skills
Who Should Attend: This course is designed for plastics professionals including engineers, managers, quality assurance, manufacturing and sales personnel desiring to build upon a solid foundation in the area of injection molding.
"Real world examples helped illustrate the topics. Overall, a great experience! Will definitely recommend to others."
- Debbie Richie, Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Invacare Corporation
"John (instructor) is obviously extremely well-versed in this technology. He also has a vast body of practical experience which makes his examples more 'believable' and impactful."
- Kushal Baird, President, KMB Enterprises Incorporated