Virtual reality has become mainstream for many industrial applications, allowing users to explore, learn, and prepare for new technologies. And now Kruse Training is developing the first fully functional molding shop floor VR solution. Our goal is to create virtual reality classes for injection molding processing, teaching users how to become “VR Molding Experts”, getting ready to work on an actual shop floor. These VR molding classes are being developed to support a molding company’s hands-on process training initiatives. The new technology will allow process engineers to walk and work through individual molding set-ups and processing tasks, giving them the skills and confidence to advance to the next level of molding challenges.
Plastic injection molding is a complex scientific manufacturing process that requires a methodology for setting-up. In the new Kruse Training Process Development section and future VR Expert Molder series, we will provide you with guidance to prepare and set up a molding cell, make necessary pre-process development preparations, and develop a new molding process. We will outline a step-by-step guide that can be adapted to any new molding process development project.
The Process Development section begins with the tools and equipment that process engineers should have on hand, and the steps required to prepare a molding machine and peripherals during process preparation. The second phase of molding process preparation is preparing the mold for optimal functionality. Using VR technology, you will learn how to install and set up the sequencing from mold open to close, part ejection, and other optional mold functionalities. After preparing the molding machine and peripheral devices, and setting up the initial mold and ejector movements, it’s time to develop and execute a process development strategy.
The Kruse Training VR technology gives you “access” to a molding shop floor, allowing you to take a mold from storage by overhead crane to the machine and install it, hook up water, get other peripheral devices ready, prepare the polymer material, and finally start the mold set-up and process development.
Kruse Training VR Training and Certification Initiative: We are developing a molding shop floor with 8-10 molding machines, each with a different mold. As a student develops new skills, they will be able to progress from machine to machine, learning new and more complex process development sequences for each mold. A student will earn points when they follow the set-up procedures correctly and after they have mastered the first process development task they can progress to the next one on the floor. Each new machine, peripheral devices, and mold will become more complex to set up. Kruse Training will offer VR Molding Expert certification for successful completion of the VR training levels.
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