10% discount for SPE members on training courses!

SPE-Paulson-PennState

Need further training or changing career paths?

Take advantange of two great educational opportunities at a special rate for SPE members!

  • All Plastic Academy seminars through Paulson Training programs
  • Hands-on Plastic Industry Workshops at Pennsylvania College of Technology and customized course offered at your sites—

    Topics include:
    • Injection Molding
    • Extrusion
    • Blow Molding
    • Thermoforming
    • Rotational Molding
    • Plastic Materials and Processing
    • Plastic Materials and Testing

For more information on Pennsyvania College of Technology, contact:
JoAnn Otto; website: https://business.pct.edu/pirc/

For more information on Paulson Training, visit:
http://www.paulsontraining.com/plastics-academy/
Contact Paulson at http://www.paulsontraining.com/get-started/

Upcoming Events

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Reading Area: March 6-9, April 3-6, and May 1-4
Williamsport: TBD
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: James Athon, Cost: $6,500
Participants select an approved project from their company and train in the DMAIC methodology and learn to apply tools like: Voice of customer, FMEA, hypothesis testing, regression, design of experiments, response surface methodology, stakeholder analysis, and change management. Training occurs one week (Monday – Thursday) a month for three months. Training includes instruction, coaching, materials, refreshments, and lunch.
Color Science
May 10 & 11
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E127
Instructor: Jack Ladson, Cost: $795
Coloring of plastics includes the introduction of computer color formulation, polymers, organic colorants, in-organic colorants, dyes, special effect pigments, additives, formulation considerations, delivery systems, processing errors, and product testing.
Decoupled Molding I - Cycle Development, A Structured “Scientific” Approach
May 15 & 16
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E127
Instructor: Tim Weston, Cost: $795
This workshop is designed to provide a uniform understanding of the basic tenants of injection molding. The decoupled set-up approach to molding provides common groundwork for all levels of injection molding personnel from Operators to Engineers. At the conclusion of this course, all personnel will be able to communicate effectively regarding the injection molding process as framed by Decoupled Molding Theory. This course assumes no prior experience or education. It is recommended as a foundation for all employees involved in injection molding.
Decoupled Molding II - Cycle Development and Troubleshooting
May 17-19
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E127
Instructor: Tim Weston, Cost: $1,095
This workshop will move the injection molding problem solvers to a high level of ability in the theory and application of decoupled molding. The focus of this course will be using decoupled molding principles in the routine approach to problem solving. At the conclusion of the course, each student will be able to apply systematic problem-solving techniques to common processing problems with a high degree of success. This course assumes a firm grasp of the principles of decoupled molding. This may be achieved by completing Decoupled Molding I (above) or through prior education and experience. Recommended for set-up technicians, process engineers, production managers, and other professional involved in improving the quality of injection molded parts.
Plastics Materials Selection & Testing
May 22 & 23
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E127
Instructor: John Bartolomucci, Cost: $795
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of those plastic material tests used to improve plastic products, their processing, and characterize materials in terms of their physical and analytical properties. It also provides a fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships of plastic materials and the criteria for selecting specific plastic materials and processes for individual applications, including process considerations.
Plastics Materials & Processing
May 24-26
W & Th 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., F 8:30 a.m. – Noon, Williamsport, PCT ATHS E127
Instructor: John Bartolomucci, Cost: $945
This workshop is designed to provide participants with a fundamental knowledge of plastics and how they are processed beginning with the early history of plastics materials to the present day, high performance engineering grades. Participants will gain a basic knowledge of plastics (polymer) materials and their common manufacturing techniques. Hands-on sessions show how certain data sheet properties such as melt index, tensile strength, and impact resistance are determined and introduce participants to such processing techniques as injection molding, extrusion, rotational molding, vacuum forming, and extrusion blow molding.
8th Annual Hands-on Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet Thermoforming Workshop
June 6-8
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E140 and Plastic Labs
Course Leaders: Jay Waddell, Cost: $1,295 ($100 Early Bird Discount before April 4)
Industry expert, Jay Waddell, will lead the Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet workshop with special guest speakers to be announced. Topics include advances in raw materials and sheet extrusion, heating and cooling the sheet, forming, trimming, and handling the part. Advanced session on raw materials, rheological properties, specialty sheet, part, mold and plug assist design, heating technology, advanced forming techniques, trimming technology, assembly methods and diagnostic tools. Hands-on sessions include thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting, materials testing and sheet extrusion basics.
19th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop
June 13-15
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (T, W), 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Th)
Williamsport, PCT ATHS, E140 and Plastics Labs
Instructors: Drs. Chris Rauwendaal & Kirk Cantor, Cost: $1,295 ($100 Early Bird Discount before April 4)
In this workshop, Dr. Rauwendaal presents course topics in a multimedia format supplemented by printed materials. Dr. Cantor leads participants in hands-on training (approximately 50% of the course) including use of extrusion industry equipment: single screw extruder, twin screw extruder, blown film line, injection molder, melt indexer, and tensile tester.
9th Annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop
June 21 & 22
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E140 and Plastic Labs
Course Leader: Paul Nugent, Cost $995
This unique course aims to give participants practical experience in combination with classroom training on higher-level technology in rotational molding. This course highlights the connection between material preparation, molding parameters, and final part quality. It also allows participants to network and share experiences with other shop floor staff facing similar day-to-day issues.
8th Annual Hands-on Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop
June 27-29
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Williamsport, PCT ATHS E140 and Plastic Labs
Course Leaders: Mark Strachan, Cost: $1,295 ($100 Early Bird Discount before April 4)
Industry expert, Mark Strachan, will lead the Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed workshop with special guest speakers to be announced. Topics include advances in raw materials and sheet extrusion, heating and cooling the sheet, forming, trimming, and downstream handling of the part. Advanced session on raw materials, rheological properties, specialty sheet, part, mold and plug assist design, heating technology, advanced forming techniques, trimming technology and diagnostic tools. Hands-on sessions include thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting, materials testing and sheet extrusion basics.