SmartTech™ Optimize : Scientific Molding Training

2 Days of On-Site Skill Development + 10 Advanced Online Courses

This package provides participants with a higher level of understanding of Scientific Molding. SmartTech™ Optimize is perfect for advanced employees such as process technicians & engineers

This expert-level 2-Day training is perfect for anyone involved in developing, establishing, evaluating, and optimizing the scientific molding process.

SmartTech™ Prerequisite Online Training

5 Online Courses

SmartTech™ Prerequisite Learning Objectives

  • Understand safety precautions around the molding machine
  • Understanding the Machine Control Panel
  • Understand the purpose and importance of a process log
  • Understanding closed-loop process control systems
  • Establishing an efficient Scientific Injection Molding process
  • Understanding Scientific Molding Inputs and Outputs for:
    • 1st Stage Filling
    • 1st Stage to 2nd Stage Transfer
    • 2nd Stage Pack
    • Screw Delay
    • Screw Recovery
    • Screw Decompression
    • Cooling Time
    • Mold Opening
    • Part Ejection
    • Mold Closing
    • Clamping
  • Review of applicable mathematics for the production floor
  • Understanding of formulas, decimals, and negative numbers
  • Proper use of a calculator to perform daily calculations
  • Understanding of common metric and imperial units
  • Calculating percentages, tolerances, and common equations
  • Understanding number rounding, significant figures, and fractions

SmartTech™ Day 1 : Classroom Discussion Topics

  • Scientific Molding Review
  • Practical Rheology for Scientific Molding
  • Improving 1st Stage Cavity Imbalance
  • Screw Recovery Optimization
  • 1st Stage Check Ring Repeatability

SmartTech™ Day 1 : Practical Skill Development

  • 1st Stage Injection Speed Determination
  • 1st Stage Injection Rheology Curve
  • 1st Stage Injection Optimization
  • 1st Stage Cavity Imbalance
  • 1st Stage Check Ring Evaluation
  • 2nd Stage Packing Pressure Optimization
  • 2nd Stage Packing Time Optimization
  • 2nd Stage Final Cushion Optimization
  • 2nd Stage Clamp Force Optimization
  • Scientific Process Documentation
  • Comparative Rheology Study (optional)

SmartTech™ Day 1 : Skills & Learning Objectives

  • Understanding process parameters for screw recovery
  • Screw decompression both before & after screw recovery
  • Minimizing the stresses imposed on the material
  • How to reduce screw flex and breakage during recovery
  • Reduction of energy consumption during shot generation
  • Proper uses for back pressure during screw recovery
  • Melt and mold temperature measurement technique review
  • Proper melt temperature matching troubleshooting techniques
  • Optimization of screw recovery efficiency through rear zone temperature
  • Practice setting of screw recovery to minimize material degradation
  • Effective 2nd Stage packing pressure establishment techniques
  • 2nd Stage packing time determination using part weight
  • Proper cushion sizing techniques to compensate for variation
  • Establishing a 90 to 95% 1st Stage fill based on part weight
  • Practical gate seal time determination techniques
  • Graphing of part weight vs. 2nd Stage packing time
  • Selection of optimal 2nd Stage packing time for variation compensation
  • Determination of the optimal 1st Stage Injection Speed
  • Evaluation of the cavity imbalance at different speeds

SmartTech™ Day 2 : Classroom Discussion Topics

  • Cooling Time, Temperature & Cooling Rate
  • Determining Plastic Pressure
  • Mold Opening & Closing Optimization
  • Part Ejection Optimization
  • Mold Clamping Optimization
  • Machine Process Control Systems

SmartTech™ Day 2 : Practical Skill Development

  • Coolant Temperature Optimization
  • Cooling Time Optimization
  • Rear Zone Temperature Optimization
  • Screw Recovery Optimization
  • Mold Opening Optimization
  • Mold Closing Optimization
  • Part Removal Optimization
  • Rear Zone Temperature Optimization
  • Scientific Process Documentation

SmartTech™ Day 2 : Skills & Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the difference between hydraulic and plastic pressure
  • Common hydraulic to plastic pressure conversion techniques
  • Proper machine independent process documentation techniques
  • Scientific process documentation techniques for:
    • 1st Stage Material Injection
    • 2nd Stage Part Packing
    • Part Cooling & Coolant
    • Melt & Shot Recovery
    • Cycle & Mold Clamping
  • Machine independent coolant temperature measurement techniques
  • Mold temperature measurement technique review
  • Proper melt temperature matching troubleshooting techniques
  • Difference between mold, coolant, and controller temperatures
  • Optimal mold temperature determination techniques
  • Review of the steps to determine the most efficient cooling time
  • Common hydraulic to plastic pressure conversion techniques
  • Proper machine independent process documentation techniques
  • Understanding closed loop process control systems
  • Conventional hydraulic, servo pump & electric molding machines
  • Effective part removal techniques including clamp & ejection

SmartTech™ Post-Requisite Online Training

SmartTech™ Post-Requisite Learning Objectives

  • Using proper process documentation to your advantage
  • Proper Housekeeping and 5S best practices
  • Optimizing Scientific Molding parameters for:
    • 1st Stage Filling
    • 1st Stage to 2nd Stage Transfer
    • 2nd Stage Pack
    • Screw Delay
    • Screw Recovery
    • Screw Decompression
    • Cooling Time
    • Mold Opening
    • Part Ejection
    • Mold Closing
    • Clamping
  • Understanding the effectiveness of different purging techniques
  • Proper safety and procedures during purging operations
  • Different types of purging compounds and how they operate
  • Effective scientific purging analysis and comparison techniques

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2 Days of On-Site Skill Development + 10 Advanced Online Courses

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†  The prices listed here are for an individual (1 seat). Substantial discounts are available for groups. Many of these seminars also have an optional on-machine workshop available for an additional fee. All prices are listed in U.S. Dollars (USD). Prices are provided for reference purposes only and are subject to change without notice.