Injection Mould Maintenance and Insert Care

Dates: To be verified.

Duration: Delivered in 3 x 1 hour sessions. 9am - 12.30 ( with breaks)

Location: Online

Accreditation: Certificate of attendance

Full Fee: €150

Course code: IMC

Programme overview

Learn how to reduce your repair bill, and increase the longevity of your tooling dies and inserts, by and following these simple guides for correct storage eliminating unnecessary damage.

A significant percentage of repairs carried out to tooling dies and inserts is caused by improper handling, improper packaging, or improper storage. We are inviting Tooling and Maintenance Engineers to book a place and update or expand their knowledge of the techniques and equipment necessary to help reduce or eliminate these unnecessary costs.

We are also inviting Maintenance and Toolroom Managers to attend and to take away some of the points, and incorporate them into their SOPs as part of their continuing drive to reduce their spares and repairs costs.

  • 9 am to 10.00
  • 10.15 – 11.15
  • 11.30 – 12.30

Who is the course for

  • Mould service Engineers.
  • Mould maintenance Toolmakers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Toolroom managers
  • Moulding section managers
  • Processors and manufacturers of polymer products.

Learning outcomes

  • An engineer will be able to determine that the hot-runner system is shut down safely as per “best-practice”
  • An engineer will be able to safely remove a mould insert from the injection mould without inflicting any damage – either to the insert or the hot-runner.
  • An engineer will be able to safely package and dispatch a mould insert – e.g. for repair – with confidence it won’t be accidentally damaged in transit.
  • A company can use this as a guide to write their own S.O.P. for insert handling and packaging, assuming they do not have one presently.

Course content

Changing inserts in the mould while still in the Moulding machine

  • Machine shut-down.
  • Hot-runner protocols and correct shut-down procedures.
  • Insert extraction in the machine, correct tooling and handling.

Stripping a mould on the bench.

  • Housekeeping and tidiness.
  • Correct tooling & equipment.
  • Safety information – PPE, etc, when working on moulds
  • Insert storage.

Insert Handling and shipping.

Insert protection

  • Protective Sprays
  • Protective Coatings

Insert storage

  • Guidelines for Packaging
  • Packaging
  • Pallets

Information from couriers

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.


Senior Trades – Toolmaking with 30+ years’ experience.

Diploma in International Sales – DIT.

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