Stop Wasting Material: Learn the Right Way to Purge Your Barrel

FACT: A purging compound will help you purge better than no purging compound. Furthermore, there are some simple concepts and techniques that will ensure excellent results from your purging compound — better results than can be achieved by just following the manufacturer’s recommended procedures. Unfortunately, bad purging habits and poor purging procedures are pervasive in […]

Real Skills vs. Learned Behavior: What’s the Difference?

The truth is that there is a huge difference between a skill and a behavior — a difference too frequently ignored by plastics manufacturers, to the company’s detriment. Skills are what make effective engineers, technicians, and operators in your production floor — while learned behavior involves mimicking what a fellow employee is doing. Are your […]

The simplest way to review your employees’ knowledge, skills, and professional development

Employees who are developed and promoted from within tend to be more capable, contribute more, and stick around longer than those poached from other companies. Throughout their career, your employees acquire a great deal of experience: solving problems, achieving goals, and developing skills. A professional evidence portfolio is a great way for managers to objectively […]

The Importance of Proper Mold Venting

It is important to understand that all the air in the mold cavity must escape to atmosphere in order for the plastic to properly fill the mold cavity. Inadequate venting is an extremely common cause of molded part defects. At Routsis Training, customers sometimes ask us how many vents a particular mold should have. It’s […]