• August 30, 2017 - August 31, 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 fundamental aspects of the injection molding industry, how the these processes flow through the plant, and is intended to give students the information necessary to understand molded products.

Day 1 of the Injection Molding Fundamentals 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, emphasizing safety hazards and preventative maintenance.

Day 1 Course Objectives

  • 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

Day 2 focuses on designing the mold for moldability, fundamentals of plastic part design, the four plastic variables, injection molding machine operation, and establishing a set of startup process conditions. Focus is placed on the equipment used in each operational phase with emphasis on areas important in process troubleshooting and problem solving.

Day 2 Course Objectives

  • Key Components and Function of the Injection Molding Machine
  • Design and Function of the Injection Mold
  • Designing runner systems and gating methods
  • Plastics Behavior During all Phase of the Injection Process
  • The Four Plastic Variables
  • Establishing Processing Conditions
  • Process Monitoring and Quality Assurance
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting

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.