This informative blog allows plastics professionals to discuss plastics training and technology. Brought to you by Routsis Training: the plastic industry's premiere training provider.

Routsis TechCert™ for Production Teams

Routsis’s TechCert™ delivers the most efficient workforce certification training available to the plastics industry. Specifically developed for processors, technicians, designers, and engineers, this certification program is a powerful combination of metered online training, course study guides, technical webinars, hands-on assignments, and instructor-led Q&A sessions. TechCert™ goes beyond merely preparing students for an exam. This learning model explains key processing concepts while instilling proper work habits — and requires participants to develop and demonstrate practical skills.

Routsis currently offers TechCert™ certification training programs for Injection Molding, Blow Molding, and Extrusion processors and technicians — and an Injection Mold & Part Design certification track for designers and engineers.

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Free Online Gap Analysis Testing

GapQuiz™, from Routsis Training, quickly identifies potential gaps in the knowledgebase of your plastics industry personnel for Scientific Molding, Blow Molding, Single Screw Extrusion, Twin Screw Extrusion, and (coming soon) Injection Molded Part Design. There are no charges associated with the Gap Analysis quiz and companies can test an unlimited number of employees with confidential results emailed to the participant.

“We wanted to help individuals and companies determine critical training needs.” said Andy Routsis, president of Routsis Training. “With our new tool, this process can begin instantly.”

Users test their plastics experience – using a computer, tablet, or smartphone – in any of the five GapQuiz™ categories. The questions in each test are randomly selected from Routsis Training’s Professional Certification exams. These thorough exams are used to certify workers’ proficiency by testing important industry best practices and concepts. Testing covers a wide range of industry-specific topics, including: scientific processing techniques, plastic material properties, process documentation, important safety concerns, design, print reading, and troubleshooting.

Visit Routsis Training’s website to learn more about the new GapQuiz™ tool, professional certification, affordable training packages, or to request a free demonstration course.

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Mobile Learning Just Got Easier

Routsis Training’s new LMSBridge™ app provides an optimal learning experience on mobile devices.

There’s no denying that plastics processing facilities increasingly rely on online training to streamline productivity. Since the 1990s, Routsis Training has been a leader in developing and implementing such training materials. Like the rest of the web-browsing world, the online training landscape has been slowly shifting away from desktop computers and more toward handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

“Some years back, I started noticing a few injection molders were using tablets on the production floor,” said Andy Routsis, president of Routsis Training. “I thought it would be great if they could start using our training materials in this way.”

In 2010, Routsis Training revamped all their online courses to be more mobile-friendly. But while the courses themselves were quite capable of being run on phones and tablets, the user experience varied greatly from device to device. According to Andy Routsis, “We found that while a course might run quite well on larger tablet, there was certainly room for improvement on smaller screens.” Mr. Routsis envisioned a not-so-distant future in which individuals and corporate employees alike would prefer to train on their smartphones — whether on the floor or in the break room, or at home or on the road. “So I asked my development team to start looking for solutions to the problem,” he continued.

By the end of 2019, the solution had taken the form of an app called LMSBridge™. Available for both iOS™ and Android™ devices, Routsis Training’s free app optimizes the presentation of their plastics training courses on handheld devices. In addition, it provides a unified experience on various devices — so that the courses function identically, whether played on Apple iPad™ or a Samsung™ smartphone.

Routsis’s LMSBridge™ app also provides their RightStart™ customers with convenient administrative access to their company’s online training portal. This feature gives trainers and managers greater flexibility in developing curricula, enrolling students, and viewing employees’ progress while away from their desks.

“We always look forward to learning new ways to help our customers maintain their competitiveness,” Mr. Routsis said. “I really feel this app is going to be a game-changer for a lot of plants.”

Visit Routsis Training’s website to learn more about LMSBridge™. Please note that while the app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play, access to Routsis’s training materials requires an existing customer account. Please contact Routsis for a free demonstration course.

Trademark Plastics Invests In More Training

Building on their successful efforts from last year, Trademark Plastics Inc. of Riverside, California is once again investing in employee training in 2019 — including Routsis Training’s  SmartTech™ on-site scientific molding training.

According to David Carty, the company’s chief operating officer, Trademark spent $500,000 on training programs in 2018. This year, they plan to spend an additional $250,000 on training initiatives.

Read more at Plastics News.


New Scientific Molding App for iOS and Android

Get instant access to essential processing information with the Scientific Molding Pocket Guide — created by the plastics experts at Routsis Training. This convenient reference provides injection molders with detailed, up-to-date information about common plastic materials and their properties — including additives, preparation, and guidelines for optimal processing. Steps for establishing and maintaining a robust scientific injection molding process are also covered.

The Pocket Guide includes critical information for identifying, troubleshooting, and solving molded part defects. As a convenient reference, the app also includes part and mold design guidelines, frequently used calculations, and common conversion tables.

The Scientific Molding Pocket Guide includes:

  • Understanding Plastics
  • Plastic Materials
  • Material Properties, Additives & Preparation
  • Establishing a Scientific Molding Process
  • Seven Steps to Scientific Troubleshooting
  • Molded Part Defects
  • Basic Mold & Part Design Guidelines
  • Frequently Used Calculations
  • The Importance of Training

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