Focused Training Raises Medical Part and Mold Design Skills to the Next Level

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Originally Aired - Wednesday, November 9 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST

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Title: Focused Training Raises Medical Part and Mold Design Skills to the Next Level

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Seasoned engineer, Ed Flores, joined the Plastic Injection Molding team at Integer Holdings, a medical device contract manufacturer. In charge of the success of many life-critical high-precision, injection-molded plastic parts, he recognized the importance of continuous education and enrolled in the AIM Institute’s Plastics Technology and Engineering (PTE) program. The program was a game changer for Ed’s abilities, confidence and career at Integer.

Come hear how Ed solved longstanding issues on a complex medical mold. Due to the training, Ed was able to identify three design flaws likely contributing to part failures in an introducer tool: unbalanced fill, gate locations and process/material variances. Starting with the part giving the greatest trouble among the 14 under review, the team changed a runner plate on the three-plate tool to introduce rheological control methodologies to fix the imbalance that was naturally happening in the runner system. Remarkably, that one change resolved most of the tool’s issues and enabled the part with the most significant problems to finally be certified.  The improvements also provided significant savings over how they were previously molding the part. The team filled its first production order for that part in late December 2021 without issue. The secret to this success was continued education. 


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