2020 Courses

Complete Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3480
Date: 02/18/2020 – 02/20/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.9
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

This 2 1/2 day course covers injection molding processes from machine and tooling to the production of high quality parts. Advanced injection molding principles that will be presented include tooling/design, plastic material behavior and avoiding molding defects. The instructor will discuss scientific molding including pressure and thermal transducers for maximizing control. The course focuses on the development of troubleshooting skills and the specific needs of each individual class member. All students are welcome to bring samples for discussion to formulate possible solutions. Concepts discussed in the classroom will be reinforced with “hands-on” activities in the Akron Polymer Training Center’s laboratory.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

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Advanced Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3472
Date: 03/24/2020 – 03/26/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.5
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

  1. Introduction to Plastics
  2. Advanced Molding Processes
    1. Stack molds
    2. Rotary stacks
    3. 2, 3 and 4-shot
    4. Over-molding / insert molding
    5. Gas assist
    6. Water assist
    7. Injection-compression molding
    8. Compression molding
    9. High cavitation molding
    10. High speed molding
    11. Large machine molding
    12. Structural from / Mucell
    13. Work cells
    14. Pulse cooling / Variotherm (variable cooling technologies)
    15. In-mold labeling
    16. Fiber matte composite molding
    17. Horizontal / Vertical injection molding
    18. Metal injection molding

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for plastics professionals including engineers, managers, quality assurance, manufacturing and sales personnel desiring to build upon a solid foundation in the area of advanced injection molding.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

Online Registration

 


 

Complete Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3481
Date: 04/21/2020 – 04/23/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.9
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

This 2 1/2 day course covers injection molding processes from machine and tooling to the production of high quality parts. Advanced injection molding principles that will be presented include tooling/design, plastic material behavior and avoiding molding defects. The instructor will discuss scientific molding including pressure and thermal transducers for maximizing control. The course focuses on the development of troubleshooting skills and the specific needs of each individual class member. All students are welcome to bring samples for discussion to formulate possible solutions. Concepts discussed in the classroom will be reinforced with “hands-on” activities in the Akron Polymer Training Center’s laboratory.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

Online Registration

 


 

Advanced Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3472
Date: 06/09/2020 – 06/11/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.5
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

  1. Introduction to Plastics
  2. Advanced Molding Processes
    1. Stack molds
    2. Rotary stacks
    3. 2, 3 and 4-shot
    4. Over-molding / insert molding
    5. Gas assist
    6. Water assist
    7. Injection-compression molding
    8. Compression molding
    9. High cavitation molding
    10. High speed molding
    11. Large machine molding
    12. Structural from / Mucell
    13. Work cells
    14. Pulse cooling / Variotherm (variable cooling technologies)
    15. In-mold labeling
    16. Fiber matte composite molding
    17. Horizontal / Vertical injection molding
    18. Metal injection molding

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for plastics professionals including engineers, managers, quality assurance, manufacturing and sales personnel desiring to build upon a solid foundation in the area of advanced injection molding.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

Online Registration

 


 

Complete Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3481
Date: 10/20/2020 – 10/22/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.9
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

This 2 1/2 day course covers injection molding processes from machine and tooling to the production of high quality parts. Advanced injection molding principles that will be presented include tooling/design, plastic material behavior and avoiding molding defects. The instructor will discuss scientific molding including pressure and thermal transducers for maximizing control. The course focuses on the development of troubleshooting skills and the specific needs of each individual class member. All students are welcome to bring samples for discussion to formulate possible solutions. Concepts discussed in the classroom will be reinforced with “hands-on” activities in the Akron Polymer Training Center’s laboratory.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

Online Registration

 


 

Advanced Injection Molding – 2 1/2 Day Course

Course Number: AP3472
Date: 10/27/2020 – 10/29/2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.5
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

  1. Introduction to Plastics
  2. Advanced Molding Processes
    1. Stack molds
    2. Rotary stacks
    3. 2, 3 and 4-shot
    4. Over-molding / insert molding
    5. Gas assist
    6. Water assist
    7. Injection-compression molding
    8. Compression molding
    9. High cavitation molding
    10. High speed molding
    11. Large machine molding
    12. Structural from / Mucell
    13. Work cells
    14. Pulse cooling / Variotherm (variable cooling technologies)
    15. In-mold labeling
    16. Fiber matte composite molding
    17. Horizontal / Vertical injection molding
    18. Metal injection molding

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for plastics professionals including engineers, managers, quality assurance, manufacturing and sales personnel desiring to build upon a solid foundation in the area of advanced injection molding.

Please note: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on first two days of class; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on third day of class (1/2 day).

Online Registration

 


Advanced Mold Flow Simulation – 2 Day Course

To be scheduled
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU’s: 1.5
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

  1. Introduction to Plastics – Overview with Simulation in Mind
  2. Reasoning behind Simulating Plastics – Knowing what matters
  3. Industry Leading Injection Molding Analysis Software
    1. Moldflow Insight software
    2. Moldex3D Professional software
    3. Sigma soft
    4. Others (i.e. Advisers, Solid works Plastics, etc.)
  4. Differences between a Standard and Advanced Analysis
    1. Principles
    2. Goals / Objectives
    3. Analysis Preparation
    4. Solution / Solve Characteristics
    5. Interpreting Results Accurately
    6. Leveraging Manufacturing based Experience (knowing fact from fiction)

 

During my time as a contact engineer at AMECO-USA I was able to work directly with Rob. The knowledge base he has gathered over the years is quite extensive and was key to the project we were tasked with at the time. Speaking with Rob on many different business and engineering topics explained how his company became successful. I look forward to working with him again and would recommend him for most any engineering project.

Steven HernandezContract Engineer, AMECO

Our Design Engineering group has worked with Rob for the last 2 ½ years. He has helped us improve some existing molds and worked closely with us on new product designs on manufacturability, resin selection, mold flow analysis, mold design resulting in quality parts. Rob is very responsive and provides significant value. Rob participated with us and our molder in three-way Design Reviews. I highly recommend.

Rob. Preston PierceVP Design Engineering, Alcohol Monitoring Systems

I have been working with Shadow for nearly 5 years and each time it has been informative for both me and my customers. Their professionalism and state-of-the-art services have helped us remain competitive in today’s tight economy. At Sare Plastics we always strive for excellence and that is why we continue to work with Rob and his team for our engineering needs.

Bart StuchellPresident, Sare Plastics

Rob has been working with Moldex3D for 8 years and before hand he was already a veteran in this field. His background and domain knowledge in polymer processing development has been impressive to everyone in our company. Working with Rob is indeed reliable and delighted, which helps the projects finished with satisfaction. I herein recommend Rob as your valuable engineering partner to work with.

Kenny LuCEO, Moldex3D Northern America

Robert has worked and managed the technical projects for a number of major programs for my previous company; providing Plastics filling & FEA simulations. His technical expertise is excellent and quite extensive, providing his clients with design ideas that were out-of-the-box and very affective. He is easy person to work and achieves the goals set out by the client.

Jim KempthornApplication Engineer, Ferro Corporation

Over the years, GECOM Corp. has collaborated with Shadow Polymers on many occasions. When called upon, Shadow has always provided an analytical expertise which has allowed GECOM to successfully improve at both the component and tooling design levels. In the fast paced and demanding world of automotive manufacturing, Shadow has proven to be an invaluable ally.

GECOM Corp. Injection Molding Engineering Department, Greenburg, IN