RJG Newsletter - March 2009

Is Your Organization...

Challenged with the task of transferring molds and getting the same quality parts out of the mold once it has been moved?

Exhausted by the daunting task of having to move multiple molds to facilities all over the world?

Frustrated by the "learning curve" required to establish a process in a new machine?

RJG's Tool Transfer Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina
This seminar focuses on helping companies deal with the very expensive and time/resource consuming task of transferring tools.
Click here for more information.

They got good parts of out this mold yesterday, why can't they today?

The mold fits between the tie bars and we have enough shot size, what's the problem?

Do these questions plague you?

Systematic Molding Workshop Combo
Location: Kerrville, Texas
Due to high demand this 4-day session includes 2 days of classroom instruction and 2 full days spent on the machine practicing what was taught. Working in teams, students will perform various machine tests as well as break down some traditional processes and rebuild them as Decoupled II processes (without cavity pressure or instrumentation). This is an excellent class for managers, processers, schedulers, and other key employees who need to understand how and why the use of optimized processing strategies is vitally necessary to stay competitive. It is also an effective precursor for those interested in future Master Molder Certification. Only 10 seats are available so act soon! Click here to register.

After this class you will have significant answers to these questions.

Do your processors struggle with duplicating part quality from day to day?

Why can't we follow the set-up sheet?

DECOUPLED MOLDING SM Process Optimization for Injection Molders class

Locations: Lombard, IL & Pewaukee, WI

What will you learn from this class?

  • How to minimize quality defects using processing tools like rheology curves and gate seal, pressure loss, and cavity imbalance studies
  • Special skills/strategies to put a process back
  • Machine independence - techniques for documenting processes
  • Cost reductions and increased profitability
  • Robust optimized processes - using processing techniques for fill, pack/hold, cooling and machine clamp

  • For more info contact Rebecca Hamstra at rebecca.hamstra@rjginc.com or to register click here.

RJG Implementation Strategies Overview
Location: Pewaukee, WI

RJG’s Technology Day seminar focuses on systematic processing strategies and advanced processing technologies that will allow you to consistently manufacture the highest quality parts.

Molders are finding that three key components provide positive results: cavity pressure sensors, process control systems and employee training. Individually each of these components have a positive effect on part quality; when combined the results can be staggering.

This seminar is a must for anyone responsible for the development and manufacturing of plastic parts, or directly involved in part quality issues.

Click here for more information.

Grants and Financial Aid Available
If you know someone who is currently out of work due to these hard economic times please let them know that financial aid and grants are available in many states. These grants can help them with technical training such as the RJG Master Molder Modules. In Michigan, for instance, there is the No Worker Left Behind program. Colleges/Universities and Family Independence Agencies may also be good sources for information about these beneficial programs. The RJG training coordinators have contact information in many states for people or agencies that can help get you started. For information please contact the RJG Training Department at 231.933.8175 or email us at training@rjginc.com

RJG Spotlight Customer - Dymotek

Read about Dymotek's success in a recent Plastics Business article...
Finding the highest quality of people and developing their skills is a priority at Dymotek. “We have trained all of our technical people in systematic molding through RJG, Inc. We also have two master molders in-house because of training obtained through RJG.” more

RJG Regional Public Training
Upcoming locations are:

DECOUPLED MOLDING SM Process Optimization for Injection Molders
April 14-16, 2009 Lombard, IN
May 12-14, 2009 Pewaukee, WI

Systematic Molding I (click here for details) :
March 12-14, 2009 Grand Rapids, MI - To register contact Elleena Chrzan 616-234-3382

March 26-27, 2009 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
May 5-7, 2009 Charlotte, NC Register
May 12-14, 2009 Pewaukee, WI
June 9-11, 2009 Ogden, UT

Combination Systematic Molding I - Workshop
May 12-15, 2009 Kerrville, TX

Master Molder I:
April 27-May 8, 2009 Canton, GA

Please contact training@rjginc.com for more details or call
231-947-3111x 175.
For a list of all upcoming available classes see the RJG Training Schedule.

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. Testing is available in Chinese, Spanish and French!


Save money. Save time.
With RJG's eClassroom.

Looking to learn without the hassle of travel? Want to gain expertise without costly time away from work? Consider RJG's eClassroom series designed specifically for injection molding professionals. The eClassroom series consists of comprehensive versions of RJG’s renowned scientific molding training courses delivered directly to you via WebEx. Our injection molding experts provide real-time instruction for 1-2 hours per day over a two-week period with review testing. You can “raise your virtual hand” to ask questions, see demonstrations, and re-watch the presentation anytime you want.

Here are some of the many benefits of eClassroom participation:

  • Save time and money associated with business travel
  • Implement improvements more quickly – put them into action immediately
  • Retain knowledge by reviewing each session as many times as needed
  • Maintain your normal responsibilities at home and work
  • 100% money back satisfaction guarantee
  • Grant money may be available* to cover some costs

For a complete course schedule and registration/cost details, click here.

What would you like to learn about in an eClassroom course?
Email us and let us know!

Frustrated from shipping bad parts because you weren’t running the right job setup? 

Can you tell if you’re running the right set-ups across your plant at a moments notice?  What about an hour ago?  Last night?

How stable are the processes running in your plant?

RJG has assembled a suite of tools to manage quality for all molds that run in your plant whether they have in-cavity sensors or not. Over time our customers have helped us understand that processes are often not set up properly as documented or they get changed after setup. If you have molds without cavity pressure monitoring you may not be able to see these changes occurring and the consequent effect on quality.

When we are able to share with customers what our experience is that 'people' are often a larger process variable than 'material' the response is usually a groan and a rolling of the eyes that lets us know this fact strikes a nerve.

Since you cannot find or manage these variables by walking around the plant an overview is provided on the eDART™ network that shows each machine's status and how much it has deviated from the process it should be running. Once you record a proper process "template" the eDART sends a record of any deviations in machine speeds and pressures from that template to the overview. A quick scan down the overview screen will let you know any processes that are not being run as they should be. Click here for more info.

RJG for Medical Molders

Irritated with the time and cost of IQ, OQ, and PQ for injection molded parts?

Frustrated with trying to trace a part's history?

Worried that bad parts might get out the door?

Process control has enabled Atek Plastics to reduce scrap, shorten start-up times and time to market, and improve quality at its injection molding plant in Kerrville, TX. More

Tech Day for Medical Molders
For more information on how RJG helps medical molders come to our Tech Day for Medical Molders on May 12 in Ogden, UT. For more information on this seminar contact Rebecca Hamstra at rebecca.hamstra@rjginc.com or to register click here.

Click here to find out how RJG's products and services benefit medical molders!

RJG Button Sensor Installation Webinar

Are you frustrated with the time and costs associated with sensor wear and damage?

Are you concerned that your sensors might not be
reading accurately?

Are you aggravated with frequent sensor
wire damage?

This hour long webinar discusses the correct installation of RJG Cavity Pressure Button Sensors as well as explains common installation errors.

Click here for upcoming dates.

Reduce Costly Sensor Installation Errors
Click here for informational videos on ways to avoid sensor installation errors such as counterbore issues and preload problems. More videos to come so check back!

Time to Replace Your Battery?
If you own an eDART with a battery backup, it may be time to check the status of the battery. Batteries do wear out over time, which can vary according to environmental conditions. To see if your battery is working, look at the LEDs near the power connection. If you see a red light, first verify that the battery switch inside the unit is in the ON position. Then make sure the unit has been plugged in for at least 24 hours. If the red light is still on, contact RJG Customer Support for options on replacing the battery. It is a simple procedure that helps ensure the integrity of your data if power is ever lost to the eDART.

Download eDART Software 8.7a
8.7a is now available. Read the 'What's New' for more information. eDART customers can download the latest software updates directly from our web site. If you have any questions contact Customer Support

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 e-mail.

More Info Links...
RJG Training Schedule
Contact the RJG Training Department
RJG Articles Online
Upcoming Events
Date Event Booth # Location
March 31 RJG Tool Transfer Seminar
Charlotte, NC
April 22 RJG Implementation Strategies Overview
Pewaukee, WI
May 12RJG Tech Day for Medical Molders
Ogden, UT
June 22-26 NPE 2009 8018 Chicago, IL
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