Best of…Best Practices in Injection Molding

Fifty expert speakers at Plastics Technology’s annual Molding Conference will offer their insights to help you optimize your process.

If I were an injection molder and was told I had the opportunity to mingle with the likes of John Bozzelli, Don Paulson, Suhas Kulkarni, Robert Gattshall, Steve Johnson, and 40+ other top technical minds in the industry, I’d say “Sign me up.”

Well, you have the opportunity, right now. Molding 2019—the 29th annual molding conference—will take place in Indianapolis, March 19-21, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. As usual, it will offer attendees expert viewpoints on new and emerging technologies. But this year’s conference, more than ever, is emphasizing presentations exploring Best Practices in the most important aspects of the molding process. And two of my colleagues on the Plastics Technology editorial team—Executive Editor Matt Naitove and Senior Editor Tony Deligio—have put together a lineup of speakers capable of delivering the goods. This magazine focuses on best practices in each issue—on line and in-print. Think of the Molding 2019 Conference as the pages of Plastics Technology coming to life.

Each morning of the two-and-a-half-day conference, expert speakers will be presenting on topics of concern to all injection molders, regardless of the markets they serve or the type of presses they run. These broad-and-deep General Sessions kick off on Tuesday, March 21 with Best Practices: Molding for Consistent Quality and Optimum Productivity. On Wednesday, the General Session focus shifts to automation with Best Practices: Applying Robots & Automation. On the final half-day of the event, the General Session will cover the mold and temperature control with Best Practices: Tooling and Cooling.

These general sessions will be preceded keynote presentations each day. On Tuesday, the focus will be on “tomorrow’s smart molding plant,” while on Wednesday the discussion will shift to the hot topic of additive manufacturing, specifically on the difference between design for additive manufacturing and for injection molding. On the final half day, we’ll start off with strategies for getting a mold commissioned faster.

In addition to the keynotes, special lunch presentations are planned, including a discussion on changes to R&D tax credits and what they mean for molders, as well as a new metal additive manufacturing technology that promises “the fastest way to hardest parts.”

Beyond the general sessions, Molding 2019 will break into focused concurrent tracks in the afternoons, based on technology, end markets and special focus areas. These include:

  • Medical, Packaging & Precision Molding
  • Medium & Large Parts Molding for Mechanical Performance & Aesthetics
  • LSR Molding
  • Technology for Today’s Molders
  • Preparing for the New Era of Digital Manufacturing

In addition to the technical program, attendees will be able to mingle with more than 50 suppliers in the tabletop exhibit area.

A special discounted nightly rate of $169 plus taxes has been secured at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis for conference attendees. Attendees who register before February 15 will receive an early-bird discount, saving $200 on conference registration fees.

Learn more about this one-of-a-kind event at moldingconference.com.