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Torsten’s Training Tip: Thermal Properties

During the injection molding process, a polymer is heated in different ways, beginning inside the machine cylinder. Electric heater bands around the cylinder create heat which is transferred through convection from the cylinder to the polymer. Then, the rotating screw creates shear heat which transfers to the polymer on top of the convection transfer. In […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Jetting

Injection molding polymer through small gates creates complex three-dimensional fluid flow behaviors. Jetting occurs in injection molding when polymer material is injected through a nozzle, runner, or gate at high velocity, into open, thicker areas, without forming contact with the mold wall.  The jetting effect is like water flowing through a hose. If you place your thumb on […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Parallel and Serial Coolant Circuits

An injection mold is effectively a heat exchanger. Molten polymer material that is injected must be cooled by the mold cooling system. As part designs become more complex, cavitation requirements increase, and larger overall mold bases are needed. Mold designers have several options when designing effective heat removal systems. Coolant circuits can be parallel or […]

PRESS RELEASE: Kruse Training to Launch First Virtual Reality Training Program for Injection Molding Industry at PTXPO 2022     

NAPLES, Fla., December 13, 2021 – Kruse Training Inc., a leading developer of interactive online training programs for part/mold designers and processing engineers, will launch the first virtual reality training program for the injection molding industry at the Plastics Technology Expo 2022 (PTXPO) March 29-31, in Chicago. Show attendees can try out the new virtual […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Understanding Flow-Induced Molded-In Stress

Injection molding is a complex manufacturing process involving temperature and pressure. During the molding process polymer materials experience complex molecular chain deformation while undergoing temperature and pressure changes. Molded part properties and performance are dependent on, and influenced by, design complexity and the molding process. Understanding molded-in stress, specifically flow induced molded-in stress, is an […]

New Virtual Reality Training launches at MD&M West

Are you ready for a new way of learning? With our sights on training the next generation of injection molding professionals and industry veterans, we launched our new virtual reality training initiative at the MD&M West 2021 show in Anaheim, CA. The show brings together innovate thinkers, business leaders, and engineers from across the globe […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Polymer Materials Overview

It is important for part and mold designers not only to understand design principles, but also to understand the fundamentals of plastics. The choice of a plastic, or polymer, has a strong impact on the outcome of a molded part. Polymers are categorized by processing methods and temperature behavior. The major groups are thermoplastics, thermosets, […]

New Training Topics Coming Soon

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 […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Cold Runner Types and Designs

Cold runner systems are an important aspect of mold design. By optimizing cold runner shapes and sizes, important molding processes such as pressure drops, polymer shearing, packing and cooling behavior, gate sealing time, and overall cycle time can be made more efficient. Cold runners are simply unheated channels that transport molten polymer material from a […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Short Shots

Injection molding is a complex scientific manufacturing process. By following a methodical set-up process, molders aim to minimize or eliminate common molding defects that affect part quality. Generally, molding defects are either part design, mold design, or process related. This training tip focuses on short shots. There are various potential design-related causes for short shots. […]