SEPT SimTech Challenge Winners Posted.


Results of the SEPTEMBER SimTech™ Challenge 

First Place Goes to Ryan Huseboe of Trueline-Inc. for the SEPT 2021 SimTech™ Injection Molding Challenge.

Congratulations Ryan!

SEPTEMBER SimTech™ Challenge Wrap Up

Ryan Huseboe of Trueline-Inc., you did it! You edged out Johnny Ash of Preformed Line Products for First Place in this month’s challenge. Well done! This particular challenge was rated extremely difficult. Not many were able to earn a score or a spot on the Leaderboard. The one’s that did should pat themselves on the back, you folks are super molders! Our reigning champ Johnny Ash may not have come in first this time but he squeezed in for second with Alexandru Crai, of OMS Besser Group, rounding up close behind for third. Congratulations winners and all who participated!

  • 1st  place – Ryan Huseboe, Trueline-Inc – Score: 109.06
  • 2nd place –Johnny Ash, Preformed Line Products  – Score: 108.81
  • 3rd place – Alexandru Crai, OMS Besser Group  –  Score: 108.73

For this month, we’re featuring our First place winner Ryan Huseboe’s set-up. Check it out.

The Winning Strategy

To successfully solve the SEPTEMBER SimTech Challenge, this strategy is recommended:

In September’s challenge we were molding with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a semi-crystalline plastic. Semi-crystalline materials differ from amorphous materials in their melting behavior. In addition, the plastic variable known as cooling rate can have a great effect on the crystallinity of the final molded part. The setup starts off with many problems, Burn Marks, Dimensional issues, Short Shots, Sink Marks, and a “Mold Full at VPT” equal to 9999 indicating there is a problem with the shot size which can be addressed by adjusting the Screw Back Distance and VPT Setpoint.

As we have indicated in some of our other challenges, you should always eliminate the Burn Marks first because they can damage the mold. In this case we would calculate the correct shot size and VPT (the shot size is too large and in practice could damage a mold), change that setting and then lower the final fill rate down before running the first cycle.

See what you can learn with our monthly molding challenges? Imagine how much you can learn in our online Paulson University Certification courses or in our instructor-led Certification Academy seminars?!

To learn more about our monthly SimTech Molding Challenges visit details here.  And for the PRIZES? Read the information here for details on the awards and rules of play. To 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.

Get ready for the next 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, 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.

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