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College offers injection molding processing workshops


Two weeks of the Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a variety of industry professionals to campus.

Twenty-eight individuals representing seven states and Puerto Rico attended the workshops that were delivered in separate five-day sessions. The sessions consisted of two sections: Decoupled Molding Setup and Operation and the Science of Injection Molding With Troubleshooting.

Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer technology, taught the sessions with assistance from Spencer L. Cotner, of Muncy, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major and a PIRC research assistant.

Plastics professionals from seven states and Puerto Rico participated in a recent Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Plastics professionals from seven states and Puerto Rico participated in a recent Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The sessions featured classroom instruction and hands-on work in Penn College’s state-of-the-art plastics labs.

Participants were pleased with the mix of theory and practical experience, as well as the content of the workshops.

“If you thought you knew injection molding, take these courses. I have now learned what I need to further study to get a fuller understanding of the total process,” said John Keefe, of B. Braun Medical in Allentown. “The practical lab work drives home the many points.”

“The Injection Molding Processing Workshop has given me new and scientific ideas on how to address issues at my site,” said Lireny Figueroa Ortiz, from Techno Plastics Industries in Anasco, Puerto Rico. “The methods learned are highly valuable since it will increase the uptime of the machines, process wise, and will decrease defects and scrap along the way.”

The workshops also met the expectations of Blake Chandler, from Kasai North America in Talladega, Alabama, and Andrew Berenbrok, from Nutek Disposables in McElhattan.

“In this class, I wanted to learn more details about injection molding, and I have this week,” Chandler said. “Class has been great and helped me understand more about it. Also wanted to learn more about troubleshooting and this class has helped a lot.”

“The Injection Molding Processing Workshop helped me to understand the whole process that goes into making our products at my company,” Berenbrok added. “This opened my eyes to the world of injection molding to be more than a press opening, closing and spitting out parts. Great workshop!”

An additional session of the Injection Molding Processing Workshop will be offered by the PIRC July 22-26.

PIRCThe PIRC – celebrating its 25th anniversary – is one of the top plastics technology centers in the nation for research, development and education related to injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming. To learn more, call 570-321-5533 or email.

Penn College is one of six institutions nationwide offering plastics degrees that are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, students may seek an associate degree in plastics and polymer technology.

Information about those majors and other programs offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies is available by calling 570-327-4520.

For more on Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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