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Accurate Plastics Material Data for Simulation Accuracy

Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

The accuracy of injection molding simulation is influenced by many factors. Accurate and benchmarked material data is required to ensure accuracy. With new materials becoming available everyday it is challenging to ensure you have access to the best material data. This webinar will provide insights into the elements required for accurate material data and the impact on simulation results. You will also see an inside view of the Autodesk® material testing facilities and how they are used to test and validate over 9,000 materials available in Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow®. Primary topics: • Why accurate material data improves simulation results • The elements of complete and accurate material data • How do you ensure accurate plastic material data • Extensive Autodesk Simulation Moldflow 9,000+ material library

Flowability of Solids – A New Framework of Reference

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

The subject of its flowability has earned the focus of much theoretical and applied research over the last half century. A wealth of articles now exists about bulk solids flowability. However, ask nearly any plant manager, or process engineer about flowability and you’re likely to get an earful of complaints and anecdotes about costly process interruptions, poor equipment performance and lost productivity. This paper suggests that among the many reasons for the nagging persistence of flowability difficulties is the notable lack of a comprehensive conceptual approach to more broadly understand flowability in the context of the process itself. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Understanding of the parameters that affect bulk solids flowability • A new comprehensive conceptual approach to understand flowability

Are You Automating Enough with Your Linear Robots?

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

Today’s linear (Cartesian) robots have the capability of performing a wide range of automation tasks including packaging, insert loading, assembly, labeling, and more. This offers customers a ROI for product consistency, labor savings, quality, and safety, to name a few. Chris Turnberg of Wittmann Battenfeld with over 20 years of automation and injection molding experience will show several solutions to customer’s problems including the features and benefits. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): •We will review many types of press side automation from simple to complex •You will see videos of automation solutions to common problems injection molders face •We will go over some Return on Investment (ROI) tools and examples to see if you are ready toautomate or it is just time to replace your old automation

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5 Things You Must Know to Optimize Any Injection Molding Machine or Extruder.

To understand how to get optimal production we will walk through the fundamentals of a close tolerance system. We will show you how to identify ways to save your company time and money. Tim Womer will cover the causes and the types of wear that effect performance. Greg Quinn will cover the proven wear and corrosion solutions that have been developed to help clients reduce lost profit and maximize production. Primary Topics: • Factors in Premature Barrel/Screw Wear • Types of Wear • Cost of Wear • Reducing Wear to Increase Productivity

Taming the Abrasion Beast in Your Vacuum Conveying System

Glass-filled resins are becoming more and more popular for use in molded parts and processors need to understand the ramifications of transporting these materials. They can tear holes in normal components of any vacuum conveying system but longer wear life is possible. We will explore the typical wear points and how intelligent system design can minimize wear. An in-depth comparison of types of vacuum pumps, elbows, tubing, flex hose and receivers will be presented with poor to best industry practices. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Typical abrasive materials and points of wear. • Comparison of pump technologies and impact of material velocity. • Standard and alternates for tubing, elbow and flex hose with comparisons. • Typical ways to protect vacuum receivers and cyclones from wear.

Granulators vs. Shredders: What’s the Difference and How to Choose What’s Right for You.

In this online seminar, we will explore if a granulator or a shredder is better suited to your size reduction needs. In this presentation, Jim Hoffman of Rapid Granulator will help to answer that question and many more on a brand neutral basis that you should be asking when finding a solution to your size reduction needs. Primary Topics: • How do I know if I need a granulator or shredder for size reduction? • What questions need to be answered in order to decide what is right for my needs? • How can size reduction help my company save money?

Learn How You Can Take Charge of Static

You may not be able to see it, but static may be slowing down your production or even affecting safety. Machine jams, contamination, and operator shocks are just some of the problems static can generate. Join our webinar to learn how to easily and effectively put an end to your static issues. During this discussion, we will take an in-depth look at the IQ Power Static Neutralizing System. This advanced system makes controlling static a cinch. When static is under control, you can expect increased productivity and a safer work environment. Primary Topics: • Why is static control important? • How is static generated? • Advancements in controlling static.

Taming the Abrasion Beast in Your Vacuum Conveying System

Glass-filled resins are becoming more and more popular for use in molded parts and processors need to understand the ramifications of transporting these materials. They can tear holes in normal components of any vacuum conveying system but longer wear life is possible. We will explore the typical wear points and how intelligent system design can minimize wear. An in-depth comparison of types of vacuum pumps, elbows, tubing, flex hose and receivers will be presented with poor to best industry practices. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): (Bullet points – no more than 4) • Typical abrasive materials and points of wear. • Comparison of pump technologies and impact of material velocity. • Standard and alternates for tubing, elbow and flex hose with comparisons. • Typical ways to protect vacuum receivers and cyclones from wear.

Extruding Barrier Films: Comparing Extrusion Technologies (Blown, Cast, Biax)

Increasing performance demands and heightened competition are pushing film suppliers to produce higher quality barrier films using less materials and resources. Downgauging, reducing machinery downtime and optimizing structures and equipment for efficient production has become the norm for successful operation. Current extrusion technologies for producing high barrier films will be described in this webinar with emphasis on the latest trends and key technologies in blown, cast and biaxially-oriented (double-bubble/triple-bubble) extrusion. Multilayer film types, their applications and the materials used to produce them will be explored along with a comparison that highlights the benefits and limitations of each extrusion method. Primary Topics: • The latest technologies in high barrier blown, cast and biax (double-bubble/triple-bubble) film extrusion

Emerging Technology

Wittmann Battenfeld’s material handling system control, the M7.3, has advanced to a level of total traceability of your material right from reading a Gaylord lot code, to scanning a bar code on the mold to ensure the parts are being processed with exactly the right material. Never again lose track of your process, or put anything to chance with your operators. Have total control and total accountability. Primary Topics: • Scan your material source for confirmation of the right material and lot before consuming. • Confirm the proper material distribution connection is made to ensure the right material shows up to thedesired molding machine. • Confirm that the material selected is the correct material for the particular mold you are running. • Track every single data point involved, and those who are responsible, and report to a database forcomplete historical traceability. This is accomplished through an OPC (OLE for Process Control) interface to the material handling controller as well as an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) interface with a software package called “Material Supervisor”.

Novel polyolefin compounds with optimal balance of scratch resistance, stress whitening resistance and impact performance

Asahi Kasei Plastics will cover how North American shale production is impacting our research and development work on novel polyolefin-based compounds. We will also have a discussion on several of our newest product innovations and how to achieve an optimal balance between scratch resistance, stress whitening prevention and advanced impact resistance. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Impact of North American shale gas on olefin based compound innovations • Advancements in scratch resistance • Improvements in stress whitening prevention • New advances in impact resistant compounds

Garbage in, Garbage out…‘GIGO’ Pitfalls in Extrusion

In master-batch preparation, compounding or end-product operation, the extruder stands center stage in the process. As such, extruder operators must ensure that formulations arrive at the extruder accurately proportioned and properly conditioned. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” (or GIGO for short) reminds processors that no matter how well an extruder performs, any mis-formulation or interruption of the input stream will corrupt the result. During this webinar you will gain a full and comprehensive accounting of the pitfalls jeopardizing formulation quality, and you will learn only by practicing vigilance in their resolution can GIGO problems be vanquished from the process line.

The MuCell® Process in Packaging: Rigid Thin Wall, ISBM and Industrial

The MuCell® process for producing microcellular injection molded parts is accepted as a technology for providing a more dimensionally stable, weight reduced parts through a reduction in residual stress with increased productivity over solid molded parts. However, applications in the packaging industry have been limited. This presentation will look at some unique geometries produced by the MuCell® process in rigid thin wall packaging combined with in-mold labeling and in ISBM as well as discuss benefits in industrial packaging applications. Primary topics: - Basics of the MuCell process - Combination of IML with MuCell in rigid packaging - Unique appearance in combination with PET and ISBM - General benefits in industrial packaging

Modern Injection Molding Machine Design and Software Concepts to Drive Energy and Process Efficiency

ENGEL’s Joachim Kragl will provide a comprehensive overview of current machine design concepts for small and large tonnage machines – including hydraulic, hybrid and fully electric systems -- as well as the drive concepts utilized in these machines. The webinar will continue with material focusing on innovative processing software options that monitor and correct operating parameters in real-time during the actual cycle. The presented software is a true injection molding industry first as it measures and corrects within the same shot. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): (Bullet points – no more than 4) 1) latest machine design concepts 2) energy efficient drive solutions 3) intelligent software to reduce scrap 4) unique real-time machine control systems to improve part quality

Hot melt granulation – Tips on how to properly size and select a trouble-free granulation system for hot plastic.

Will any granulator handle hot plastic material? In this presentation, Dave Miller of Rapid Granulator will provide the clues to granulating hot plastic scrap in all plastic processes including blow molding, injection molding and extrusion. Dave will discuss how granulation of hot material can result in less material handling, saving floor space by eliminating cooling tables/racks, lower noise levels and process thick wall parts and scrap easier. He will also show how energy consumption will be reduced by using smaller motors and maintaining temperature for processing. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): - Can hot plastic material be granulated successfully? - What is the best granulator design for handling hot material? - What other factors affect a granulator when grinding hot material? - Are all granulators are created equal when it comes to handling hot plastic waste? - How can grinding hot material save energy? - How to reduce noise levels and save floor space. - Managing hot regrind after the granulator.

Analysis Of Extrusion And Coextrusion Problems With Simulation

The presentation will demonstrate the application of simulation towards understanding, and achieving more precise solutions to, some common extrusion and coextrusion problems. Primary Topics: - Melt Temperature Variation - Polymer Degradation - Coextrusion Instability

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