One of the reasons companies find it worthwhile to spend considerable amounts of money to send staff to industry trade shows is for educational purposes. PLASTEC and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis, part of the Midwest’s largest annual advanced manufacturing event, offer multiple opportunities to learn about the latest tools of the trade through conference sessions and more informal technical presentations on the show floor. Exhibitors also offer learning opportunities, none more so than companies such as Paulson Training Programs Inc. (Chester, CT) and Beaumont Technologies/American Injection Molding Institute (AIM; Erie, PA), which are in the business of education. Both of them are presenting their newest programs at this year’s event.
“Our news is the introduction of the Technology of Injection Molding series,” said Michelle Parr Paulson, Director of Marketing Communications at Paulson Training. “The series includes three levels of intense training that progress in difficulty, with each module building on the other. The Technology of Injection Molding series is delivered completely online, giving companies and processors far more flexibility in their training and not tethering trainees to one computer or area of the plant floor. Paulson’s interactive training can now be done anytime, anywhere and on any device,” Paulson told PlasticsToday.
The company’s novel SkillBuilder, a fully functional injection molding machine simulator, is built into each lesson of the series. “Users can immediately apply what they’ve learned in a simulated molding environment,” explained Paulson. “They can adjust controls and see the effects of their changes, without using valuable machine time or risking damage to the machines or molds.”
Paulson Training Programs is exhibiting at booth 928.
Just steps away at booth 929, Beaumont/AIM will showcase the expanded educational opportunities available through its Molders’ Series. “With the additional offerings, Beaumont’s AIM Institute can literally offer training to any level of personnel dealing with an injection molded part,” Alex Beaumont, Director of Business Development, told PlasticsToday. The company also will feature Beaumont Advanced Processing (BAP), part of the Beaumont family of companies. “BAP focuses on Moldflow material characterization, test specimen molding and specialized production molding. With the addition of BAP, we are bringing education and manufacturing together under one roof,” said Beaumont.
Because it is co-located with MD&M, PLASTEC Minneapolis attracts a substantial number of engineers involved in medical technology projects, and that is part of the event’s appeal for both Paulson Training Programs and Beaumont/AIM.
Beaumont notes that BAP was certified to ISO 13485 earlier this year “specifically to help with the development of medical injection molded products.” Certification to the international standard for quality management systems specific to the medical device industry “has opened doors even further into the medical market” for BAP, added Beaumont.
For Paulson Training Programs, meeting the requirements of medical molding, notably precision, “goes back to understanding the fundamentals and the math and science behind the plastic,” explained Paulson. “Adjusting a control is not going to get you that precise part, but understanding how the four variables—heat, flow, pressure and cooling—impact plastic will significantly impact the quality of that part.” If you’re not getting the part you want, ask the plastic, stressed Paulson. “Fully understanding processing from the plastic’s point of view and observing the four basic plastics processing variables is knowledge that will always be relevant. Learn that, and there’s no processing problem you can’t solve,” Paulson told PlasticsToday.
PLASTEC Minneapolis comes to the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2018. For information on other learning opportunities on the show floor and in the conference tracks, go to the event website.
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