SmartTech™ Optimize : Scientific Molding Training (2 Days)

Expanding on the SmartTech™ Essential training course, SmartTech™ Optimize provides the necessary information and skills to build, document and troubleshoot a Scientific Molding process.

This 2-Day course is perfect for anyone involved in development, establishment, evaluation, or optimization of injection molding processes.

SmartTech™ Prerequisite Online Training

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

SmartTech™ Day 1 : Classroom Discussion Topics

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

SmartTech™ Day 1 : Practical Skill Development

  • 1st Stage In-Mold Rheology
  • 1st Stage Cavity Imbalance
  • Rear Zone Temperature Optimization
  • Screw Recovery Optimization
  • Part Removal Optimization
  • Process Documentation

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
  • Presentation on how polymers get their strength and how it can be compromised
  • Optimization of screw recovery efficiency through rear zone temperature
  • Practice setting of screw recovery to minimize material degradation
  • Determination of the optimal 1st Stage Injection Speed
  • Evaluation of the cavity imbalance at different speeds
  • Optimization of Mold opening and closing movements
  • Improving part ejection and removal

SmartTech™ Day 2 : Classroom Discussion Topics

  • Coolant Temperature Optimization
  • Cooling Time Optimization
  • Process Control Systems
  • Determining Plastic Pressure

SmartTech™ Day 2 : Practical Skill Development

  • Scientific Molding Process Optimization & Documentation, using:
    • 1st Stage Injection Fill Progression
    • 1st Stage In Mold Rheology
    • 1st Stage Cavity Imbalance
    • 1st Stage Injection Transfer Optimization
    • 2nd Stage Packing Pressure Optimization
    • 2nd Stage Packing Time Optimization
    • 2nd Stage Final Cushion Optimization
    • 2nd Stage Clamp Force Optimization
    • Coolant Temperature Optimization
    • Cooling Time Optimization
    • Rear Zone Temperature Optimization
    • Screw Recovery Optimization

    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
    • Effective machine independent process documentation techniques for:
      • 1st Stage Injection
      • 2nd Stage Packing
      • Part Cooling
      • Material Recovery
      • 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

    SmartTech™ Post-Requisite Online Training

    SmartTech™ Post-Requisite Learning Objectives

    • 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
    • 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

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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.