Upcoming MoldTrax Certification Courses Offer In-Depth Training, Improved Practices

Sessions running Nov. 17-20, 2020 and Dec. 1-4, 2020, cover mold and hot runner maintenance and repair training.  


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MoldTrax LLC (Ashland, Ohio) continues to offer a range of ToolingDoc Mold Maintenance certification programs to give your technicians the knowledge and skills to streamline maintenance processes and increase efficiencies (MoldTrax even gave MMT’s Christina Fuges a little educational refresher). Upcoming end-of-the-year courses, including Mold Maintenance and Repair, and Hot Runner Maintenance and Repair, and run Nov. 17-20, 2020 and Dec. 1-4, 2020 respectively. All training sessions are held at the MoldTrax Training Center in Ashland, Ohio.

Mold Maintenance and Repair Training

This training session is a four-day program that introduces a proven maintenance methodology including rigorous, hands-on training and how to correctly identify and document typical mold issues.

Attendees working in two-man teams will be required to accurately disassemble, evaluate, measure and record discoveries made during on a 32-cavity, three-plate mold with tapered shut-offs using the appropriate (supplied) hand tools.

Students will work through all of the Eight Stages of Systemized Mold Maintenance, and determine appropriate corrective actions while applying the troubleshooting and bench techniques learned throughout the course.

Skills that attendees will learn include:

  • Eight Stages of Systemized Mold Maintenance, what are they and why is sequence important
  • How to clean molds efficiently using dry ice, ultra-sonic and plastic media technology
  • How to perform a restriction flow analysis of mold cooling channels
  • How defect position tracking uncovers patterns and trends of repeating mold problems
  • Why craftsmanship and pride in ones work is critical to the performance of molds
  • Basic mold types and component terminology
  • Shop and bench design ideas
  • What is laminar plastic flow and how it can create many part problems such as flash, non-fill, etc.
  • Bench practices and techniques when working on molds including precision tools

Enrollment is $2,290 per student. Register here.

Hot Runner Maintenance and Repair

According to MoldTrax, repairing and maintaining a typical hot runner system takes mold maintenance skills to the next level

In this ToolingDocs course, mold repair technicians will learn solid hot runner maintenance principles that can be applied immediately from instructors with decades of bench experience in the caring and feeding of hot runner tools. And, they will learn and practice these hands-on bench techniques in a controlled, safe and state-of the art shop.

Attendees will learn how various hot runner systems function and the critical areas of each, and troubleshoot, document and map out several manifold systems using an ohmmeter (supplied) while learning about Ohm’s Law and how it is applied during heater inspection.

Attendees will also learn how to review manifold histories then completely disassemble, clean, inspect, document and reassemble a multi-cavity valve gate and fixed gate system and learn how to determine what elements of the manifold should be included in setting up a PM program. In addition, common issues will be discussed and useful bench techniques will be taught that include:

  • Working safely on hot manifolds.
  • Typical problems created through bad work habits—when to utilize extreme care.
  • Wiring how-to, splices, repairs, resistance checking, heater size verification, and replacement.
  • Disassembly, cleaning and assembly techniques used at the bench.
  • Performance and maintenance characteristics of several popular brands of hot runner systems used today.

Enrollment is $2,290 per student. Register here.

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