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MeltFlipper: What it is, How it works, and Why you should be using it

Thursday, June 11th at 12:00pm EST
Presented by Travis Belz

Learn what a MeltFlipper runner system is, how it works, how it increases profitability, and how to put it to the best use with your injection molded parts.

By attending this webinar you will learn how MeltFlipper can eliminate or reduce injection molding variation, increase profitability, reduce defects and scrap, and allow for easier processing.

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Diagnosing Mold Imbalances with Shear Tracing

Thursday, June 25th at 12:00pm EST
Presented by Chris Myers

Managing seemingly unpredictable injection molding filling imbalances can cripple the manufacturing process, and result in missed orders and revenue.

A variety of costly part issues are related to unmanaged melt properties and misunderstood shear traces that begin within the runner system.

Unlock the mystery of shear tracing and learn how to predict the melt property characteristics that develop in the flow path.

Apply your new knowledge of shear tracing to identify cavity characteristics by flow groups, and normalize the effect of unmanaged melt properties in the runner system.

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Past Webinars

What is Flow Grouping – and Why Should You Care?

Thursday, April 2nd at 1:15pm EST
Presented by Kevin Rottinghaus, Regional Account Manager at Beaumont

How do we utilize Flow Grouping to determine the source of fill imbalances in multi-cavity molds? How can you use Flow Grouping to get to the root cause of your imbalances faster?

Beaumont’s Kevin Rottinghaus will answer these questions and more as he dives into the science behind Flow Grouping and how you can properly analyze the filling balance in your multi-cavity molds – whether you are utilizing hot runners or cold runners.

By the end of this webinar you should be able to answer the question: Is it Steel or is it Shear?

Topics will include:

• Plastic flow fundamentals
• How to break down a multi-cavity mold into flow groups
• How to recognize steel imbalances
• How to recognize shear-induced imbalances
• How to download FREE software to make this process easier for you!

 


 Mold Cooling Strategies – Can You Take the Heat?

Thursday, April 9th at 2:15pm EST
Presented by David Rose, Sr. Instructor at the American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute

The cooling system of an injection mold significantly impacts the molded part quality and manufacturing efficiency. As such, most within the industry recognize it as an important system.

A number of guidelines related to the cooling system have been published and preached over the years. It’s not uncommon for a particular guideline from one source to not be in agreement with another source. During this webinar, we will explore some of the most common guidelines, review the purpose of each, and review key, science-based considerations that should be made to determine the right approach based on your application.

 


Sizing Up Runners… or Not!

Thursday, April 16th at 12:15pm EST
Presented by David Hoffman, AIM Institute Director

Designing an efficient cold runner design starts with selecting the proper layout, choosing a runner cross-sectional shape, and applying a sizing methodology for each leg of the runner system. The last step is usually where the fun discussions begin.

Most designers simply want a magic formula for sizing every runner for every mold, but often the formulas they use do not account for the part, material, pressure requirements, cycle-time requirements, and so on.

This webinar will focus on the most common approaches to sizing cold runner systems by comparing the results of six different approaches, and how the earlier decisions of layout and runner shapes combined with the sizing methods can influence the profitability of your molds.

 


So You Measured Moisture Content. Now What?

Thursday, April 23rd at 1:15pm EST
Presented by Jason Travitz, Sr. Molding Instructor at the AIM Institute, and Mike Sepe, “The Material Analyst”

Preserving molecular weight during the injection molding process is critical to ensuring the success of a molded part. To the processor, this means avoiding polymer chain degradation during processing due to excess moisture (for materials that undergo hydrolysis), excessive heat and excessive residence time (time at elevated temperature).

Typically, a molder considers each of these factors individually by verifying the moisture level vs. max allowable, melt temperature vs. the data sheet, and that the residence time is less than some arbitrary time. Another factor that affects a processors risk of molding degraded material is if the moisture measurement, actual melt temperature, and/or the calculated residence time is skewed due to measurement equipment and technique. In addition, these three factors can interact thus increasing the likelihood of degradation, especially if any one or more of those factors are higher than thought.

This learning opportunity will examine how to assess degradation in molded parts using MFI and present the results of a degradation study demonstrating the cumulative affects of these three causes of degradation.

 


Injection Molding Simulation: What Can I Trust?

Thursday, April 30th at 2:15pm EST
Presented by Jenn Schmidt, Sr. Simulation Instructor at the AIM Institute

Simulation can be a powerful tool, but you need to understand how the information provided and the inputs into the analysis upfront affect the final results.

This presentation will delve into those factors and highlight considerations to ensure a successful simulation.

 


Reducing Tooling Iterations Virtually through Simulation

Thursday, May 7th at 12:15pm EST
Presented by Annalie Fitzgibbon, Moldflow Software Sales Engineer at Beaumont, and Caitlin Tschappat, Manufacturing Technical Specialist at Autodesk

In this webinar, we will be discussing the influences plastics have on warpage and how to optimize them earlier on in the design phase to reduce the number of tooling iterations. The earlier you can identify and resolve issues like warpage in the supply chain, the greater the cost savings.

We will look at leveraging Moldflow throughout the entire part design process and how they can be validated and optimized.

Users will walk away knowing:
-Causes of Warpage
-How to isolate the Cause of Warpage in Moldflow
-Different ways to measure and interpret warpage
-Optimizing Part Design and Workflow to minimize variation

 


The Power of Material Characterization

Thursday, May 14th at 1:15pm EST
Presented by Mike Cummings, Moldflow Software Sales Engineer at Beaumont

Do we ever stop and think about how we currently narrow in on the correct material to use for an upcoming project? Many people check off the simulation box during a projects lifetime, but why is Moldflow actually such a valuable resource?

Beaumont’s Mike Cummings will answer these questions and more as he dives into some of the science behind what makes Autodesk Moldflow accurate.

Many variables go into an analysis and we can’t continue to settle for “good enough” while on the quest to make “great” parts.

By the end of this webinar you should have a better idea of the importance of material characterization and how to start your next project on the right foot!

Topics will include:
-What makes material characterization accurate
-Comparing Material Quality Indicators
-Analyzing differences in Pressure, Temperature, Volumetric Shrinkage, & Warpage
-How to characterize your material at Beaumont

 


 

Using Moldflow to Optimize Your Runner System

Thursday, May 21st at 2:15pm EST
Presented by Cory Arbogast, Moldflow Software Sales Engineer at Beaumont

We all want our runners to be sized perfectly for each mold, but there are many reasons that we can fall short of that goal. In this webinar, our goal is to help you get closer to “perfection” by sizing your runners appropriately for your given application, and we will show you how Moldflow software can be used to help you make better choices while going through that exercise.

This webinar will also show you what changes will most significantly affect cycle time, runner volume, and pressures while helping you find the right ‘sweet spot’ for an ideal output in each of these areas. We will discuss stepped runners vs. constant sized runners, and how proper runner sizing will help you save time and money while producing higher quality parts.

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