UK Hands-on injection moulding training at PDM 2018
At PDM 2018, the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition and conference at The Telford International Centre in Telford (UK), Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will run a series of live four half-hour injection moulding workshops over two days on Stand C026. The courses are aimed at process technicians and engineers attending the exhibition on 19th and 20th June.
For the practical demonstrations, trainers of the Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Training Academy and process engineers James Hines and Darren Vater-Hutchison will use one of the company’s newest all-electric 50 tonne Int-Elect, guiding delegates through key topics to enhance precision, cycle times and component quality.
The four half-hour courses, which will run consecutively on both days starting at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00 offer a combination of practical and theory-based learning to enhance understanding or provide a refresh on topics like how best to calculate clamp force; achieving cavity balance and shot-to-shot consistency, providing comparisons when award-winning Active Flow Balance software is applied, and how to calculate cooling time, with the opportunity to test out thermal imaging technology from Micro Epsilon.
“There is a serious skills shortage in the UK injection moulding industry and the easiest way to address it is to upskill our existing moulders to work with the latest equipment and techniques,” comments Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK. “We encourage process technicians and engineers visiting PDM to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK is also currently in discussions with Northampton College to deliver Level II Apprenticeship in Polymer Operations.
PDM 2018 is meant as a meeting spot for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM 2018 include: the British Plastics Federation (BPF), plastics recycling organisation RECOUP, the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), and the Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association.