Injection Mould and Hot Runner Maintenance Online

Dates: 11th May, 2021 - 12th May, 2021 (2 days)
7th December, 2021 - 8th December, 2021 (2 days)

Duration: 3 Days. 3 consecutive mornings (9.30 to 1.00 ( 9.30-10.30, 10.45 to 11.45 and 12 to 1, this gives 2 x 15 min breaks )

Location: Online

Accreditation: Certificate of Attendance

Full Fee: €350

Course code: IMHR

Programme overview

We are delighted that Martin McGirl, in conjunction with Huskys’ Andrew Wardle, will be delivering “Injection Mould and Hot Runner Maintenance” training online.

Regular mould and hot-runner maintenance can help you deliver consistent part quality, will help increase the lifespan of your moulds, and will save you time and money. We are inviting Tooling and Maintenance Engineers to book a place and build a better understanding of the importance of a proper Preventative Maintenance program for your injection moulds and hot runner systems. You will also learn about various cleaning techniques and materials, to effectively and safely clean and restore your moulds to maximum operating efficiency.

We are also inviting Maintenance and Toolroom Managers, and Project Managers, to participate and to take away some of the points, and incorporate them into their overall maintenance programs as part of their continuing drive to reduce running costs through Preventative Maintenance programs.

 

This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of Preventative Maintenance, helping our engineers understand the principles of Preventative Maintenance(P.M.) – what is Preventative Maintenance and why use a Preventative Maintenance plan.

 

We cover a range of issues relating to servicing of the moulds, from cleaning methods and equipment to housekeeping and PPE. We also provide more general information on coatings, protective sprays, and storage, packing materials, etc, which is sometimes difficult to find but is listed here with examples given and suppliers listed.

 

The course will include details on the following:

  • overview of Preventative Maintenance
  • maintenance and trouble-shooting of a hot runner system – Husky system
  • structure of a hot tip, and how to change a Hot tip correctly – Gunther Hot tip
  • review of a sample P.M. checklist and P.M. sample plan.
  • overview of cleaning methods – manual, Ultrasonic, laser, etc – and the benefits/drawbacks of each.
  • overview of cleaning materials and lubricants.
  • overview of insert coatings – types and applications
  • Basic housekeeping and tidiness
  • Insert Handling and shipping – to include packaging and packing materials, protective sprays and coatings, and proper insert storage.

 

 

Learning outcomes

 

An engineer will be able to:

 

  • fully understand the principles of Preventative Maintenance(P.M.) – what is P.M., why use a P.M. plan, and the advantages and disadvantages of using a P.M. plan.
  • Shut down and restart a hot-runner system safely as per “best-practice”.
  • to carry out a basic service and troubleshoot of a hot runner system – as per Husky instruction.
  • review a sample P.M. checklist and service plan – as per the different service levels – with a view to creating dedicated service plans for each of their own moulds.
  • identify elements for replacement or repair, and re-assemble the mould ready for the reset in the moulding machine.
  • send a mould insert to the storage, or safely package and dispatch – e.g. for repair – with confidence it won’t be corroded or accidentally damaged in transit.
  • A company can use this as a guide to writing their own S.O.P. for a mould service, assuming they do not have one presently.

Who is the course for

 

  • Apprentice Toolmakers or Toolmakers looking to upskill.
  • Mould service Engineers.
  • Mould maintenance Toolmakers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Toolroom managers
  • Moulding section managers
  • Manufacturers of plastic components
  • Or anyone with an interest in expanding their overall knowledge of the topics listed below.

Course Content

This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of Preventative Maintenance, helping our engineers understand the principles of Preventative Maintenance(P.M.) – what is Preventative Maintenance and why use a Preventative Maintenance plan.

The Details of the course for each day are as follows:

Day 1

  • What is P.M., Why do we do it and what are the advantages and disadvantages of a P.M. program
  • Hot runner Start-up checklist, correct Startup and Shutdown procedures, Hot Runner servicing, and troubleshooting.
  • P.M. planning, Factors to consider, Checklist, and different Service levels.

Day 2

  • Brief Summary of Day 1
  • Correct procedures for shutting down a moulding cell and changing a Hot Tip
  • The pros and cons of different cleaning methods for injection moulds – from manual to laser.
  • Housekeeping, correct tooling, and PPE.

Day 3

  • Brief Summary of Day 1
  • Metal surface coatings and treatment.
  • Water-related issues in a mould, and proposed remedies: Insert repair documentation and packing, and a brief look at lubricants.
  • Insert shipping and storage with a focus on protective sprays and coatings for longer-term storage. We’ll also be looking at recyclable and compostable packing materials.

Trainer Profile

 

Martin McGirl has over 30 years experience in the Toolmaking and Plastics Industry. Initially he served his time as an Injection Mould Toolmaker (Prior Tool and Die), Tool and Product Designer (Prior Tool and Die), Tool and Product Designer (MAAS Ltd.), Design Engineer (Smiths Detection), Technical Sales and Business Development Manager(Prior PLM Medical), Technical Sales and Business Development Manager(Galway Tool and Mould.

Expertise: Experienced Toolmaker – mould manufacture and assembly, and mould repairs and service. DFM on component-part design, mould tool design and mould trouble shooting of high-cavitation, high complexity, multi-cavity Pharma/ Medical Device moulds.

Qualifications:

Senior Trades – Toolmaking with 30+ years’ experience.

Diploma in International Sales – DIT.

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