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RJG Newsletter - July 2008

RJG Regional Public Training  

Upcoming locations are:

Systematic Molding I:
August 19-21, 2008 Charlotte, NC

August 26-28, 2008 Chicago, IL
September 9-11, 2008 Metamoris, Mexico (Spanish)
November 11-13, 2008 CA
December 9-11, 2008 LaGrange, GA

Systematic Molding for Mold Builders and Tooling Engineers

September 9-11, 2008 Troy, MI
November 11-13, 2008 LaGrange, GA

Master Molder II
August 11-22, 2008 El Paso, TX

Please contact training@rjginc.com for more details or call
231-947-3111x 175

For a list of all upcoming classes see the RJG Training Schedule

RJG/California Manufacturing Technology Partnership

The California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) organization has secured funding from the California Employment Training Panel (ETP) to offset the cost of providing high-quality, customized training solutions to its clients. RJG is now an approved partner!

The CMTC organization is focused on acquiring state funding to offset the cost of in plant customized training programs.  The approval process is relatively simple and the funding can be significant. CMTC's team can walk you through the approval process.

Please contact RJG Training Coordinator, Rebecca Hamstra, at 231-933-8131 or rebecca@rjginc.com if you would like more information about this opportunity.

DECOUPLED II Molding Workshop
RJG's Practical Hands-On DECOUPLED Workshop was developed to apply and reinforce learning objectives from the lecture based Systematic Molding I course right in your facility. Click here to find out the knowledge and techniques you can gain from this on-machine training.

RJG Customer Spotlight - Atek Plastics

ATEK Plastics Reduces Scrap and Improves Quality Performance with Systematic/Decoupled Molding Process - Program provides on-time delivery of more than 144 million defect-free products per year

Through the implementation of a Systematic/DECOUPLED MoldingSM program, ATEK Plastics, a division of ATEK Companies, has dramatically reduced scrap, shortened start-up time and time to market, and improved quality performance of injection molding operations at its Kerrville, Texas plant.
Full article.

RJG Technology Day
RJG is offering a free Tech Day on October 14th at the Polymer Center of Excellence in Charlotte, NC. This all day event will be taught by Rod Groleau and will offer information on controlling your injection molding process utilizing cavity pressure technology, strategies for implementing automated part containment, and the benefits of a comprehensive training program. This event will be a great networking opportunity that will provide valuable information for injection molders. For more details or to register please contact Nancy Moyer at nancy.moyer@rjginc.com or 231-933-8130.

FREE On-Line Assessment Testing
A good first step in deciding where to start with training is for you or your staff to take our on-line Assessment Test. We will then help to determine the best training strategy for you and your organization. If a company plans to test more than 4 individuals, please contact the RJG training department to arrange for company-wide scoring.

Sensor Solid Model Database
Customers can now import our sensors in a 3-D solid model for their tool design software. Simply select the desired model number and use the contents of the downloadable .zip file to add the sensors to your tool model. The .zip file also contains information for installation and tooling instructions. http://rjginc.com/resource_models.html

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RJG Training Schedule
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RJG Articles Online

Poll of the Month

A benchmarking study from Plante Moran indicated that the median amount spent per employee per year on training in the industry is $190.48, while the upper quartile spends $351.64 and the lower quartile spends $71.32 per employee per year. Furthermore, the American Manufacturing Workforce recommends spending at least 3% of total payroll on training in order to maintain a high performance workforce. How much does your company budget or spend on training per employee? Please click here and scroll down to answer!


The ID7-Tester is used to test the ID7-D-SEQ Module for proper wiring without the module having to be hooked up to an eDART. Click here for more information or contact us at 231-947-3111.


Puck Sensor
RJG is developing a fundamentally new approach to instrumenting large molds such as those used in the automotive and large appliance industries. This new cavity pressure sensor is called the Puck sensor because it resembles a hockey puck in size and shape and is used in conjunction with RJG's transfer pin and extended direct sensing techniques to allow sensors to be placed on the outside of the clamp plate. A key advantage is the ability to access the sensors without disassembling the mold. Large molds often have to be returned to the mold maker's shop for disassembly, which means downtime and labor costs far in excess of the cost of the sensor. The new Puck sensor approach allows for service and removal for calibration checks, even while the mold is in the press. If you are interested in beta testing this new product, please contact Michael Burrows at 231-933-8139.

No Tooling Department Should be
Without One!

Released in 2007, the easy-to-use Lynx Sensor Tester has been incredibly popular! The tester informs users if a sensor is functioning correctly. The Sensor Tester can be attached directly to the sensor using a standard cable. Within seconds the user will know whether the sensor is within spec. The benefits include: the ability to check sensors while tools are assembled in order to catch mistakes early when they can be corrected cheaply, the prevention of tooling-damaged sensors being discovered on the shop floor, and elimination of down time.
Click here for more info.

What's New in the Lab
Maruka has consigned a new Toyo 55 ton molding machine to our training lab. Additionally, Novatec consigned a dual bed desiccant dryer.

Download eDART Software 8.5
RJG's eDART customers can download the latest software updates directly from our web site. If you have any questions contact Customer Support.

Newsletter Content Recommendations
Let us know if there is anything specific that you would like to see in upcoming newsletters.

RJG Articles Online
RJG has written numerous articles for plastics industry magazines. These articles can now be viewed by browsing to the Tech Resources page of the RJG web site or by clicking this direct link.

RJG is looking for Customer Input
A main initiative at RJG this year is to work with our customers to get 95% of the eDARTs in the field fully implemented. RJG is looking for comments or suggestions as to how we can improve our equipment or the process of implementing our equipment. We'd love to hear from you.

RJG Knowledge Base
Sign up to gain access to Art Schubert's eDART Tips. Art is RJG's lead development engineer and has been responsible for many of the innovations created at RJG. Art will be monitoring the Knowledge Base and answering your posted questions. Users will also be notified of future "Art's Tips" by email.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Booth # Location
September 16-18 RJG Executive Overview - Traverse City, MI
September 30 - October 2 Interplas E105 Birmingham, England
October 14 RJG Technology Day - Charlotte, NC
October 16-17 MAPP Plastics Benchmarking Conference - Indianapolis, IN
November 7-11 IPF Japan TBD Tokyo, Japan
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