The Mold Start-up,Debug and Qualification course by AIM Institute is designed for anyone getting molds into production and learning how to optimize the performance of existing molds.

Common mold bench test and start-up procedures are reviewed with the goal of getting students to better understand and question those procedures from the plastic’s perspective. The course then teaches a systematic Flow Grouping method for identifying and isolating root causes of variations seen during mold start-up. The course uses both in-class and hands-on lab sessions to help enforce the strategies being taught and reduce the time spent on mold debug and qualification.

Course Outline: 

  • Mold bench test procedures
  • Mold start-up procedures
  • Mold design & build checklist
  • Estimating a safe start-up shot size
  • Verifying machine capacity versus shot size
  • How to verify turbulent flow in your cooling system
  • Understanding melt density
  • Fundamental plastic flow characteristics
  • Videos of plastic flowing in molds
  • How pressure drop affects the process & part quality
  • Myths of Melt Flow Index
  • How much machine variation is too much
  • Common mold design pitfalls that limit your process
  • Procedure for identifying Flow Groups in your molds
  • Using Flow Groups to optimize mold debug & qualification
  • Applying Flow Groups throughout key departments
  • Hands-on lab session

Fee must accompany non-member registration.  

Cancellation policies apply.  Cancellations with less than a 10 business day notice or no shows will be charged full price. 

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Contact the MA Training Department at 717-843-3891

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