A tool is only as good as it's user. At it's best Moldflow is a very powerful tool in the right hands. At it's worst, it is a bunch of pretty pictures that can quickly turn a mold into a worthless boat anchor.
A good analyst should have the following characteristics:
Degreed Engineer - professionals with this type of background have a knowledge base in finite element methods, along with a background in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and materials. They are also schooled in scientific methods, where it is critical to understand cause/effect as it applies to controlling variables
Molding Background - Knowledge in how the world of simulation relates to the production environment is critical to providing real-world processing & tooling recommendations
Certified - Engineers using simulation tools should be certified at the highest level, ensuring best practices are utilized
Experienced - Analyst should have 3-5 years of experience running the software so that they can understand its strengths and limitations.
Excellent Communicator - It’s one thing to come up with a solution, it’s another to communicate those results to others. Communication between the analyst and client should be clear and consise.
Free Webinar,Don't Miss It! 'Why Plastic Parts Warp'
Thursday, Oct. 29th 2pm ET/11am PT
One of the most frustrating aspects of injection molding is that despite all of its benefits, many plastics have a nasty habit of warping. In this webinar, CAE Services’ Director of Engineering, Tim Lankisch, will help the attendee understand how the manufacture of plastic parts affects their final shape. Specifically, you will learn:
• The primary causes of warpage
• The relationship between part & mold design and warpage
• The relationship between processing, material properties, and warpage
• The role of simulation in reducing warpage
Presenter: Tim Lankisch has been an employee of CAE Services Corporation for over twenty years. For the last fifteen years, he has served as Engineering Manager or Director of Engineering. CAE Services has been the leading supplier of injection molding simulation services in North America since its founding in 1988.
Tim graduated with a B.S. in Physics and A.A. in Mathematics from Thomas More College, and pursued a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is Expert Certified in Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and leads a team of seven other Expert Certified Engineers. His current interests are in performing correlation studies in various facets of injection molding as they relate to Moldflow.
Just about everyone in the plastics injection molding industry has either heard of flow analysis, or seen it done. We've all heard it generically referred to as amoldflow. "Let's get a moldflow done", or "What did the moldflow say?" are things you may have heard on any given project.
Well, what exactly is a moldflow? Most people refer to it as a computer simulation performed to predict the flow of plastic in an injection mold, which can be used to make mold design decisions, or to solve an existing molding problem. But did you know thata moldflow can actually simulate much more than that? Moldflow simulation can predict all phases of the injection molding process, including flow, pack, and cooling. It can even predict the warped shape of the part based on all of those inputs from the process. Not only that, but other types of simulation can be done - thermoset, co-injection, injection-compression, gas assist, and two-shot.
Getting a Moldflow analysis performed has helped thousands of OEMs, Moldmakers, Molders, and Part Designers produce thousands of better quality injection molded parts more efficiently. Just be sure to have your projects handled by Experienced/Certified Moldflow Analysts in order to receive the most accurate results from the software.
CAE Services crosses borders . . . Welcome Mike McBride!
CAE Services is excited to announce the addition of Mike Mcbride to our engineering team. Following in his father's footsteps, McBride ventured into the plastics industry in 1978. Mike has experience from a number of mold shops in the Windsor area as a mold designer, mold maker, and more recently as a Moldflow analyst.
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CAE Services was contracted to determine the number of gates/drops as well as location in order to achieve a balanced filling pattern. additional objectives were to evaluate the cooling uniformity based on the supplied cooling design. CAE Services, also needed to provide the amount of warpage occurring in the final part based on the results from the gating design.
Continuing education . . . It's about your part and the process
With so many factors involved in part design, tooling, and processing, it is critical that we provide practical recommendations. CAE Services continues to invest in our staff, providing an unmatched understanding on the differences between machine variables and simulation.
Why "At-the-Press" Training Matters The Analyst . . .
Gains a better understanding of the uncertainties in the machine variables involved with real-world processing
Is able to recommend solutions that make sense to processing personnel
Is able to provide a larger processing window
Is able to correlate process variables to simulate variables more effectively
Training from John Bozzelli, a nationally recognized leader in plastics processing. Modern Plastics Magazine named Bozzelli as one of the 25 most "Notable Plastics Processors" in the industry.