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A Professional Certification Portal from Routsis Training delivers essential eLearning to your entire workforce. Their newfound knowledge and skills translate directly into increased productivity and profitability for your company.

Your new “Cert Portal” comes pre-configured with our most effective online training courses. Employees start with the basics and quickly progress to intermediate and advanced topics; teaching them the skills they’ll need to consistently deliver quality products to your customers.

These preconfigured portals provide the most cost-effective way to train your entire workforce.

 

Injection Molding Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Injection Molding

    This course provides participants with a general introduction to the plastics industry. The primary focus of this training program is the day-to-day operations of a typical injection molding facility.

    An Introduction to Injection Molding was created for newcomers to the injection molding industry or anyone that would like to learn more about plastics. We recommend that new hires take this course before participating in our Injection Molding Basics series.

    • An overview of plastics and the industry
    • A typical molding facility
    • General plant safety
    • An introduction to the molding process
    • Molding machine components
    • Material handling
    • Injection mold terminology
    • Common part defects                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Injection Molding Basics

    Our Basics series provides participants with a general understanding of the three major aspects of injection molding; the injection molding machine, the molding process, and the injection mold. These programs use 3D animation to demonstrate the inner workings of the machine and mold and to easily convey otherwise complex concepts. Important safety precautions are stressed throughout these training programs.

    These basic injection molding training programs are ideal for new hires, yet also serve as an excellent refresher course for any employee involved in plastics processing; from operators and technicians to management and setup personnel.

    Part 1: Machine

    • Cites important safety precautions for working around injection molding machines
    • Gives an introduction to the injection molding process
    • Introduces machine types and the different modes of operation
    • Discusses injection molding machine components and their respective functions
    • General procedures for starting up and shutting down a molding machine

    Part 2: Process

    • Discusses polymers and the three criteria used to classify them
    • Covers some of the more common procedures for material preparation
    • Introduces the three phases of the molding process; injection, cooling and ejection
    • Explains the need for maintaining an accurate process log
    • Defines common injection molded part defects and explains their causes

    Part 3: Mold

    • Explains the specific functions that an injection mold must perform
    • Introduces the various machining methods used to construct an injection mold
    • Discusses the three mold configurations used in the industry
    • Covers common runner shapes and gate types used in injection molds
    • Gives an overview of proper injection mold maintenance                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Understanding Plastics

    This program explains how and why plastics are different and cites several different types of polymers and processing considerations. Understanding Plastics emphasizes material handling, explains regrind, and covers the effects that moisture can have on molded part properties during processing.

    • The definition of plastics
    • Polymer classification
    • Material properties affected by processing
    • Proper material handling techniques
    • Processing characteristics of virgin and regrind                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Establishing a Scientific Molding Process

    This scientific molding training course provides participants with in-depth processing information to better prepare them for making appropriate and cost-effective decisions when establishing or improving a scientific injection molding process.

    The course teaches a processing strategy that properly decouples 1st stage fill from 2nd stage pack. Students who understand and utilize the strategy described in this course will produce processes with a much higher repeatability. The steps outlined in this course are intended to quickly establish a scientific injection molding process, reduce downtime and improve process efficiency.

    Scientific Molding 101 Completion Test
    • General Rules for Scientific Processing
    • Scientific Process Optimization Strategies:
      • 1st Stage Filling
      • 1st Stage to 2nd Stage Transfer
      • 2nd Stage Pack
      • Screw Delay
      • Screw Recovery
      • Screw Decompression
      • Cooling Time
      • Mold Opening
      • Part Ejection
      • Mold Closing
      • Clamping

 6 Online Courses (6-12 hours) + Study Guides & Completion Test

 

Level 1 Certification Training

  • Injection Molding Fundamentals
  • Processing Parameters for Scientific Molding

    Better understanding of the parameters involved with a scientific injection molding process and the control panels of injection molding machines.

    This course is beneficial to die setters, process technicians, maintenance personnel, engineers, and anyone else using the control panel.

    Part 1 - Introduction

    • Scientific Molding Overview
    • 5 General Rules for Scientific Molding
    • Understanding the Process Controller
    • Common Units for Process Parameters

    Part 2 - Process

    • Process Inputs versus Process Outputs
    • 1st Stage Injection Inputs and Outputs
    • 2nd Stage Packing Inputs and Outputs
    • Cooling Inputs and Outputs
    • Screw Recovery Inputs and Outputs
    • Other Commonly Found Process Inputs

    Part 3 - Part Removal

    • Mold Open Settings
    • Part Ejection Settings
    • Core Pull Settings
    • Mold Closing Settings                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Material Drying Technology

    Routsis Training’s two Material Drying Technology online courses provide participants with a better understanding of how different polymers are best dried and prepared for reliable processing. These courses show participants how proper plastics material handling and drying is critical to produce a consistent product and process. Course One reviews polymer basics, as well as both hygroscopic and non-hygroscopic polymers – to better convey the importance of properly drying water-sensitive materials.

    Material Drying Technology, Course 1

    • Polymer Basics
    • Hygroscopic vs. Non-Hygroscopic Polymers
    • Hydrolysis
    • Purposes of Drying
    • Dewpoint
    • Dewpoint Measurement
    • Dewpoint Sensors
    • Drying Procedures

    Material Drying Technology, Course 2

    • Hot Air Dryers
    • Compressed Air Dryers
    • Desiccant Dryers
    • Vacuum Dyers
    • Calculating Material Consumption
    • Calculating Residence Time
    • Calculating Dryer Capacity                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Electric Injection Molding

    Our two Electric Injection Molding courses will provide participants with a better understanding of the benefits and capabilities of modern all-electric injection molding machines. Safety concerns particular to electric molding machines are also covered.

    1: Understanding Electric Injection Molding Machines

    This training program will provide participants with a better understanding of how electric injection molding machines function – as well as the many benefits and capabilities associated with electric molding machines.

    • General Injection Molding Safety
    • Electric Molding Machine Safety
    • Machine Guarding
    • Comparing Hydraulic and Electric Machines
    • Basic Molding Machine Functions
    • Efficiency, Accuracy and Repeatability
    • Alternative Machine Designs
    • Typical Uses for Electric Injection Molding Machines

    2: Processing with Electric Injection Molding Machines

    Packed with in-depth processing information, this course will undoubtedly prepare processors for making more appropriate and cost-effective decisions. Participants will also learn how to optimize any process that’s running on an electric injection molding machine.

    • Closed-Loop Process Controls
    • Hydraulic vs. Electric Molding Machine Controls
    • Process Optimization Strategies:
      • 1st Stage Filling
      • 1st Stage to 2nd Stage Transfer
      • 2nd Stage Pack
      • Screw Delay
      • Screw Recovery
      • Screw Decompression
      • Cooling Time
      • Mold Opening
      • Part Ejection
      • Mold Closing
      • Clamping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Math for Molders

    This two-part training program was created for all personnel within the injection molding industry who would like to expand or fine-tune their math skills.

    These courses will greatly benefit any participant of RJG’s classroom-based Master Molder SM Certification Series either as a primer or as follow-up training.

    Part 1

    • Whole Numbers, Negative Numbers and Decimals
    • Using a Calculator
    • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
    • Rounding Numbers and Significant Figures
    • Formulas, Equations and Order of Operations

    Part 2

    • Metric and Imperial Units
    • Length and Distance
    • Area, Volume & Flow
    • Weight, Mass and Force
    • Conversions
    • Understanding Percentages
    • Calculating Plastic Pressure and Part Shrinkage
    • Calculating Tolerances                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Scientific Troubleshooting for Injection Molders

    These four in-depth scientific molding training programs provide participants with the knowledge base required to identify and troubleshoot over twenty-five of the most common injection molded part defects. Users will also come away with a better understanding of how to best process, document and maintain a reliable scientific injection molding process.

    Introduction

    This scientific molding training program focuses on the 7-step process to scientific troubleshooting. Participants are also presented with information and practices on how to best process, document and maintain a reliable scientific injection molding process.

    • Step 1 – Develop a Scientific Molding Process
    • Step 2 – Properly Document the Process Outputs
    • Step 3 – Examine the Defective Part and Rule Out Obvious Causes
    • Step 4 – Compare the Current Process with the Documented Process
    • Step 5 – Return the Process to the Documented Standard
    • Step 6 – Verify the Part and Process
    • Step 7 – Document all Changes Made

    Visual Defects

    Nine of the most common visual defects encountered in injection molding processing are covered within this extensive scientific molding training program. Participants will be better prepared to troubleshoot these defects as each one will be defined and their respective causes and corrections will be explained in detail. Defects include:

    • Flash
    • Sinks and Voids
    • Short Shots
    • Jetting
    • Gate Blush
    • Burning
    • Flow Lines
    • Weld and Meld Lines
    • Poor Surface Finish

    Dimensional Defects

    This scientific injection molding training program will provide participants with a better understanding of how to best troubleshoot five (5) of the most common dimensional defects encountered in injection molding. Each defect will be defined and their respective causes and corrections will be explained in detail. These dimensional defects include:

    • Large Parts
    • Small Parts
    • Larger Parts at the Gate
    • Smaller Parts at the Gate
    • Warpage

    Material and Cycle-Related Defects

    After completing this scientific molding training program, participants will have a better understanding of how to best identify and troubleshoot many of the most common Material and Cycle-Related defects encountered in injection molding. Each defect will be defined and their respective causes and corrections will be explained in detail. The material and cycle-related defects discussed in this course include:

    • Splay, Bubbles, and Blisters
    • Brittleness, Cracking, and Crazing
    • Delamination
    • Contamination
    • Poor Color Distribution
    • Part Sticking and Ejector Pin Marks
    • Occasional Part Hang-Up                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Injection Mold Maintenance

    This program details procedures for proper mold care before, during, and after a production run - stressing important safety considerations for mold handling. From mold storage to part removal, this course provides participants with good mold maintenance habits and aims to extend tool life and increase its productivity.

    • Proper mold maintenance
    • Mold storage and preparation
    • Water line maintenance
    • Techniques for extending tool life                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • The 5S System

    5S is a critical component of Lean Manufacturing. The 5S system is used by successful manufacturing facilities worldwide. It consists of 5 simple and concise steps – Sorting, Straightening, Sweeping, Standardizing, and Sustaining – that can help your facility reduce clutter and waste and, ultimately, increase efficiency and productivity.

    Production SkillSet™

    Our online 5S training courses are built on Routsis Training’s exclusive SkillSet™ model. These courses combine clear online training videos and hands-on worksheets. This approach allows companies to perform the same type of classroom learning found in popular seminars in the comfort of their own production environment.

    Each unique training course is a blend of the following components:

    Injection Molding Professional Certification Exam                   
    • BACKGROUND:
      Your technicians understand the goal of each Production SkillSet™
    • PURPOSE:
      Technicians learn specifically how each Production SkillSet™ applies to their job
    • EQUIPMENT:
      Items are detailed to ensure techs have the tools they need to succeed
    • PROCEDURE:
      Each step is demonstrated so your techs can proceed with confidence
    • WORKSHEET:
      Contains all the information your techs need to succeed with each SkillSet™

    Step 1: Sorting

    In the 5S System, the Sorting step’s goal is to eliminate all unnecessary items from the immediate workplace. This is done by sorting the workplace to determine what to keep, what to toss, and what to store. This helps prevent clutter from interfering with everyday production activities.

    Step 2: Straightening

    At the end of the Straightening step, everything in the workplace is neatly organized; resulting in a more convenient and more efficient workplace.

    Step 3: Sweeping

    In the Sweeping step, the best method for cleaning each selected area in the workplace is determined. A reasonable cleaning schedule should also be determined to ensure the workplace remains efficient, clean and organized.

    Step 4: Standardizing

    The goal of the Standardizing step is to achieve consistency. A similar appearance and layout should be applied to all workstations whenever possible. This step is often performed after a similar workplace or area within the plant has already been straightened.

    Step 5: Sustaining

    The purpose of the Sustaining step is maintenance. This is achieved by a review of the workplace and the existing Sorting and Straightening documentation – to ensure the workplace is efficient and up-to-date. This helps identify necessary materials or equipment that have been added to the workplace but have not yet been incorporated into the 5S documentation.

 

 

25 Online Courses (22-45 hours) + Study Guides/Worksheets & Exam