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  • February 22, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the process of plastics injection molding and is designed for operators, technicians, process engineers, quality auditors, supervisors, and maintenance personnel. This course covers general fundamental aspects of the injection molding industry, how the injection molding process flows through the manufacturing facility and is intended to give the student the information necessary to effectively understand the molded product thus improving the performance of the injection molding process. The Injection Molding 101 course explains step-by-step what occurs in the injection molding process from the feed hopper to the mold. It addresses all areas of injection molding plant operation, from receipt of raw materials to packaging of the final product. Focus is placed on the equipment used in each operation unit with emphasis on areas important in recognizing safety hazards and preventative maintenance.

Course Objectives

  • Overview and History of Plastics
  • Introduction to Injection Molding as an Industry
  • General Plastic Processing Methods
  • Common Injection Molding Defects
  • How the Injection Molding Process Flows Through the Manufacturing Facility
  • Material Handling, Drying and Feeding
  • Safety Hazards Focused on the Injection Molding Process
  • Preventative Maintenance of Injection Molding Equipment

Venue:   Polymers Center Campus

8900 Research Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262, United States


The Polymers Center of Excellence is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization created by the state of North Carolina to increase knowledge, provide technical support, and assist in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry.

The Polymer Center was founded in 1972 when the State of North Carolina funded plastics specialists in the Industrial Extension Service program at UNCC. The center, located at that time on the UNCC campus, expanded in 1994 when a joint venture was entered into with NCSU to form PEP (Polymers Extension Program). By 1999, PEP moved off of the UNCC campus and became today’s Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE). In 2012, Polymers Technology Center (PTC) was added for small scale production. Since then, the Polymers Center has continued to impact economic development through education, research and development, and trial production.