March2023 SimTech Challenge Winners Posted

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Results of the March SimTech™ 2023 Injection Molding Challenge 

First Place Goes to Nick Vanspronsen of Toyota Boshoku and First Place goes to Draexlmaier Automotive of America for the company category. Congratulations to Nick and to TEAM Draexlmier Automotive and all those who participated!

MARCH 2023 SimTech™ Challenge Wrap Up

Here are the results for the March SimTech Challenge. We’re pleased to announce that Nick Vanspronsen of Toyota Boshoku is this month’s Top Molder, followed by Adam Randall of Quad4Plastics for 2nd and Daniel Holloman of YKK for 3rd place. Way to go Nick, Adam, and Daniel, and congratulations to all who participated and earned scores. And who made the top position on the Champions Leaderboard and sealed the deal for the Company Spotlight – again? Why it’s our old talented friends from Draexlmaier Automotive of America, they earned the Company Spotlight and their own Andrea Bricola easily topped the Champions Leaderboard. Congratulations Draexelmaier and Andrea Bricola! This company and their molders are clearly among the best. Who out there has the skill to out-mold this formidable group?  Join the fun. Test your molding skill and earn a spot on the Paulson SimTech Leaderboard and Paulson SimTech Champions Leaderboard.

Individual Winners

  • 1st place – Nick Vanspronsen     Toyota Boshoku                106.884
  • 2nd  place – Adam Randall           Quad 4 Plastics                  106.665
  • 3rd place – Daniel Hollomon       YKK USA                              106.523

Company Winners

The COMPANY category consists of companies who have three or more employees participating, and for this month’s challenge, the top three winning companies included:

  • First Place: Draexlmaier Automotive of America                  106.571
  • Second Place: Preformed Line Products                                 106.448
  • Third Place: I2 Tech                                                                     106.439

Champions Leaderboard

  • 1st place – Andrea Bricola             Draexlmaier Automotive of America        106.987
  • 2nd  place – Austin Haycraft          Plastikon                                                        106.879
  • 3rd place – Johnny Ash                   Preformed Line Products                           106.816 (Former Champion)

A Word from Our Challenge Creator:

This month’s challenge featured a setup that had a VPT setting that was not to “best practice” and the part had a number of part defects to start. The winner Nick Vanspronsen of Toyota Boshoku in Ontario, Canada has recently completed both ProMolder 1 and 2 through virtual seminars. And the results show! The top three participants were all able to minimize the plastic’s melt temperature as well as adjust the mold temperature to effectively create a faster cooling rate, faster cycle and create final molded parts with no defects. This strategy flows in lockstep with the foundational principles taught at Paulson Training.

To learn more about our monthly SimTech Molding Challenges visit details hereTo see how you or your fellow molders ranked this month, check out the leader board by clicking here and select a month from the drop down menu.

As always, we’ll be announcing the over all 2023 ProMolder Champion after we tally all the scores from the entire year. Start earning scores!

In the meantime, get ready for the next month’s challenge! Take advantage and pre-signup. Don’t miss out. Get on the list to win! Until then, keep on learning!

Having Fun with our Competitions?

Imagine the team of skilled molders you could create if SimTech was in your plant 24-7? Your employees could be improving their molding expertise in a safe, low-cost environment, building critical thinking and troubleshooting skills. And you can stage your own friendly in-house competitions.  It’s proven that molding simulation is the best and most cost-effective way to become a better molder. You don’t want your employees making their mistakes or trying new techniques on the production floor at an actual machine—now that’s a costly way to learn. The simulation of complex processes is quickly becoming the gold standard of skill development. SimTech is the answer for injection molding.

Here’s just a few of the applications you can employ with SimTech:

Hiring Qualified Employees – Before hiring a potential employee, test their knowledge and skills with problem solving exercises in Simtech.

Technician Promotion – Give your candidates for promotion a test before you make that decision.

In-plant Competitions to promote learning and discussion – Have your own competitions amongst your team. Have a discussion on what process settings work and why.

Just hearing about this? Want to join in on all the fun? Sign up and learn more here.

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