It takes just six steps with new software.

Six easy steps are all it takes to optimize an injection or blow molding process with new software from Paradox Engineering & Technology, Toronto. That’s the claim of consulting engineer Roland Nelson, who developed the Paradox Technologies Optimization Wizard. Based on data from a modified Design of Experiments (DOE) determined by the user’s performance needs (which could take 8 hr or less for a small part), the Wizard analyzes all the parameters simultaneously “to find the multidimensional ‘sweet spot’ of your process—in seconds,” says Nelson. The software prepares a report with optimization curves for each variable specified by the user.

According to Nelson, users typically obtain 12-25% shorter cycle times while increasing the robustness of their process and reducing rejects. Paradox Engineering is represented by Compuplast International of Mississauga, Ont., and Williamsville, N.Y.