7th September, 2020 - 10th September, 2020 (4 days)
20th October, 2020 - 23rd October, 2020 (4 days)
1st December, 2020 - 4th December, 2020 (4 days)
Duration: 4 days
Location: 7 Centre Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone.
Accreditation: Injection Moulding Machine Setting
Full Fee: €1495 including course manual, certification, lunch and refreshments
Course code: 5N3035
This course moves at a fast pace, starting with a full overview of injection moulding from the moulding parameters/ mould opening and closing parameters, up to injection pressure curves and why troubleshooting issues occur.
This course suits two groups (the course is flexible depending on your needs)
1) Technical staff who have not had previous formal training – they will be given a thorough introduction to the moulding cycle, plastic materials, basic troubleshooting, common processing errors, safety, etc, using analogies to allow attendees to visualise the process and so understand it in detail. Practical sessions will concentrate on setting up the process from scratch, dealing with pre-set faults, fixing machine stoppages (tolerances, alarms, etc). Remaining time will be spent troubleshooting and reviewing quality/ defect issues.
2) Operators/ Technicians with responsibility for mould changing/ set-up. The course follows the format above but the practical sessions concentrate on changing moulds, mould monitoring set-up (press/ speed/ switchover points), calculating and setting locking force. Setting up injection parameters to produce good shots and basic troubleshooting will be covered in less detail.
This course is a busy four days, and trainees generally find it challenging whether they are new to moulding of have years of experience. We always work to add value and develop new skills, and having four injection moulding machines allows us to set different levels of difficulty on different machines depending on trainees’ experience and how fast they learn.
Where possible we restrict Injection Moulding course numbers to just six places using up to four machines.
Safety Shoes – Required on this course
We can deliver a shorter tailored programme at our centre in Athlone for you/ or on-site if you have injection moulding capability there.
Good Moulding Shop Practice
Pressure curves – the inside view of what is going on during moulding
Analysis of the Moulding Cycle – explaining the various parameters using everyday analogies
Basic Machine Set Up from a blank programme – the Clamp Unit and Injection Unit
Basic Machine Optimisation
Machine Safety Features
Safety for Moulds
Safe Operation Procedures
Mould Placement including mould safety setup, ejectors, setting clamping parameters
Setting Injection Unit Parameters
Analysis of Basic Moulding Faults (short shot, flash, mould safety)
Lots of practice fixing part defects, and developing a logical troubleshooting method
Who should attend
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get a very comprehensive understanding of the injection moulding process. The course material has a very practical application with approximately 70% of the time spent on the machines. No prior experience is assumed but all trainees will be expected to complete our free e-learning module in advance of attending training.
But if you are:
• are working in a quality or R&D role.
• do not have injection moulding at your site and are supplied externally with moulded parts
• Or you just don’t want/ need to learn about the operation of a moulding machine as this is not relevant to your job,but you do want to learn about moulded part defects and troubleshooting these issues.
If so then please contact us directly and we can deliver a shorter tailored programme at our centre in Athlone for you/ or on site if you have injection moulding capability there.
At the end of the course trainees should be able to:
- Describe the safety hazards in the moulding production environment
- List the steps in a moulding cycle in the correct order
- Describe the function of each stage in the moulding cycle
- Explain mould terms such as draft angle, parting lines, the sprue, runner, gate, mould vents.
- Install an injection mould into a moulding machine
- Remove an injection mould from a moulding machine
- Demonstrate how to set up mould cooling pipes to ensure even flow of cooling water around a mould.
- Select appropriate injection unit nozzle diameter/ radius to match a new mould’s sure bush diameter and radius
- Set up mould opening and closing/ clamping speeds, pressures and distances from a blank programme
- Set up ejection forward and reverse speed, pressure and distances from a blank programme
- Set up the injection, holding, plasticising and decompression settings from a blank programme.
- Start up a moulding machine and adjust the shot size/ holding pressure to produce cosmetically acceptable parts
- Purge out the screw and barrel and shut down a moulding machine
- Re-start a moulding machine after an interruption such as an emergency stop being pressed or guard door being opened
- Describe the root cause of basic troubleshooting defects – Flash, Burn Marks, Short Shots, Sink Marks, Weld Lines.
Steve O’ Leary has delivered training in Injection Moulding for First Polymer Training since 2000, initially joining FPT Skillnet as the Training Center Manager. Previous to this he worked as an Extrusion/ Injection Moulding Engineer with Boston Scientific in Galway, Extrusion Technician and Extrusion Supervisor with Sherwood Medical in Tullamore (currently Medtronic Tullamore) and as an Injection Moulding Technician with Tubex in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. He graduated from Athlone IT having studied Plastics Engineering from 1988 to 1992.
This programme is a QQI component (minor) award, certified at Level 5 on the national framework of qualifications – see www.nfq.ie and is a mandatory component of major award 5M3080 – Plastics Injection Moulding.