At Kruse Training we pride ourselves on the ability to consistently add new content and topics that meet the needs of the injection molding industry. With this in mind, we are currently undertaking a series of new topics focusing on areas that move beyond the basics of injection molding to the more complex aspects of molding quality parts. We are partnering with leaders and experts in the industry to bring you a series of topics that can not only benefit large corporations looking to train their teams but also individuals eager to improve their knowledge base. Here is a list of our upcoming training topics:
Molding Process Development
In this new section we will demonstrate how to set up a molding cell, make all the required pre-process development preparations and show you how to develop a new molding process. We will provide a step-by-step guide that can be customized to any new process development project. Part and mold designers, mold makers, material suppliers, and molding and quality engineers should all be involved from the beginning of any new project. This new training section will provide the resources for all team members to be successful in producing high-quality plastic parts.
The longest phase in the molding process is cooling, so optimizing the cooling phase not only improves part quality but also reduces cycle time (and costs.) Cooling line layouts play an integral role in part cooling behavior and cycle time. This new section will feature real-world examples that demonstrate how to design conformal cooling systems and their impact on cycle time and part quality.
Certain polymer materials are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb water, and must be dried prior to processing. These new lessons will explain various polymer drying technologies and why this step is important in optimizing the molding process.
DOE* for Molders
Injection molding is a very complex procedure that combines mold design, part design, rheological material, and process condition. Trial-and-error is an ineffective method of predicting and controlling outcomes based on the complexity of operational conditions, from raw material to finished product. Selecting appropriate process conditions is a critical step for effective injection molding and using a DOE analysis can provide molders with a systematic method to optimize outputs. This new series of lessons will focus on the DOE method and feature real-world examples.
*Design of Experiment: A set of tests or experimental trials that show the relationship between the factors that affect the process and their outcomes. By systematically varying process input settings, the output response or part quality can be measured.