The goal of this certificate series is to provide industry with process technicians and engineers that have a solid understanding of the correct methods to use when setting up injection molding processes. The student will gain knowledge of the scientific principles which apply to molding. The workshops have a heavy emphasis on hands-on training through applying principles learned in the classroom. Penn State Erie's Plastics Engineering Technology program has arguably the best university-based injection molding facility in the country, which will be utilized intensively for the hands-on portions.
This training will benefit anyone who needs to gain a comprehensive understanding of the injection molding process. The target audience is primarily process technicians and engineers.
Certification in this course means that the student has demonstrated an understanding and/or proficiency in the following:
- Developing and documenting a 3-stage process
- Duplicating a process on two different molding machines
- Basic molding economics
- Operation of grinders, dryers, thermolators and chillers
- Mold cooling
- Material drying
This course is a continuation of the first course and will build on the concepts introduced there. Process control using instrumented molds and injection velocity profiling will be introduced. Quizzes, proficiency tests and a final exam will be used to evaluate the student's performance.