Toshiba Machines Help Prepare Next-Gen Technicians

Hennepin Technical College students gain hands-on experience with ECSX all-electric presses.

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While visiting the Toshiba Machine booth during NPE2015 in Orlando, Academic Dean Mike McGee and Plastics Engineering Technology Instructor Dan Ralph from Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in Minnesota were so impressed with the 1.8 second cycling time of the new EC30SX all-electric injection molding system that they purchased the demo unit right on the show floor. 

This is the fourth machine that HTC has either purchased or received on consignment from Toshiba over the past 25 years. All are being used at HTC’s campus in Brooklyn Park, MN to prepare the next generation of technicians for careers in the plastics industry.

Toshiba says the use of the machinery demonstrates not only the school’s commitment to advancing plastics manufacturing in the U.S., but also its own.  “We’ve been diligently working on a program to increase the next generation’s awareness of manufacturing so that we can maintain America’s strength in the global economy,” said Toshiba Machine USA and Canada Sales Manager Steve Cunningham.

Meanwhile, HTC’s comprehensive Plastics Manufacturing Technology progra, covers topics ranging from plastics variables, material composition and molding processes, to machine operation, quality standards and more. Hands-on training is provided in labs extensively equipped with compression molding and transfer systems, rotational molds, thermoformers, extrusion, blown film, compounding, sheet tubing, micro tubing, as well as Toshiba electric and hydraulic injection molding machines. The school’s program is so highly regarded that HTC students receive five to seven job offers upon graduation. “Our program’s success is a credit to the great relationship we have with Toshiba,” said Dan Ralph from HTC. “Too few companies support the future of manufacturing the way they do.”