Process Validation for Injection Molding

Validating your injection molding process is critical to consistently producing high quality parts that must meet customer specifications.  Precision laser scanning can provide a complete understanding of how your part is affected by changes in process parameters.  You will be able to analyze profiles and geometry that cannot be fully characterized by CMM measurements.

A typical scan and comparative analysis can be accomplished in less than 48 hours.  The cost for 3 average sized parts is usually less than $400.

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Precision laser scanning is used to accurately capture 100% of the part geometry.  Comparative analysis identifies and quantifies deviations of all profiles and geometry.  The point cloud can be analyzed against the 3D model or between parts.  Use the comparative analysis to perform a direct comparison of parts between validation runs.  It can also be used to capture specific feature dimensions.

Learn more at qcgroup.com/engineering.

We’re still here for you!

Even as the Twin Cities are slammed with another winter clipper, The QC Group is open for business!  As a local forecaster joked, “MN is set to receive 5 to 500 inches!”

If your business can’t stop for snow, know that neither do we.  Now, if you’d rather not drive in it, we understand.  Call us: (952) 895-1150 or visit the full website at qcgroup.com.

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Snow drifts around the entry of The QC Group’s HQ in Minnetonka, MN.

Shorten Tooling Validation Lead-time

Shortening your lead-time to validate tooling can be accomplished by precision laser scanning your cavity inserts before going into the press.

Comparing a scan of your tooling inserts to the CAD design is both faster and less expensive than validating with press time.

A typical scan and comparative analysis can be accomplished in less than 48 hours. The cost of the analysis for two average size insert blocks is usually less than $500.

Precision laser scanning is used to accurately capture the geometry of the cavity inserts. The point cloud data captured from the scan is overlaid on the tool’s 3D model. This comparative analysis identifies and quantifies any deviations inthe cavity insert’s geometry before your tool needs to go to the press.

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Photo: an example of a complex injection molding tool – verifiable with laser scanning and comparative analysis.

Computer-aided verification is a process by which point clouds—which typically have millions of points—are compared to surface models. A color map is created, providing a quick and effective way to verify the accuracy of a modeled geometry.

Our engineers have extensive precision tooling knowledge and experience. Scan results are accurate to less than 1 micron in certain applications.

View more 3D Scanning articles at the QC Engineering Article Archive.

Success in Training: Part 4

There are many different schools of thought regarding training and how to ensure its effectiveness for an organization.  Some common questions should be answered well in advance of the training.   In this 6 part series, each of the questions will be broken down to properly plan for effective training.

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“How long to train?”Depending on the subject matter, sometimes less is more.  It’s important to remember that adult learners have many other details to process (whether work-related or personal), so compact sessions are the best way to effectively guarantee retention!

 

 

 

Review the previous 3 parts of this series!

 

 

 

The QC Group offers a strong value proposition for your training and development needs.  Our publicon-site, and on-line training programs cover a variety of topics that lead to greater job satisfaction, productivity efficiency  and increased profitability.  Company supported learning is key to employee motivation and retention.

Keep Your Resume Focused, Win The Job

Targeting your resume to focus on the specific skill sets that a potential employer is looking for can be tricky if you are a person with a wide variety of talents and job titles.  If you fall into this category, never fear, as there are ways in which you can keep your resume focused on the position you are applying for.  Below are some instances in which you might find yourself in, along with some tips on how to best tailor your resume in each situation.

Situation #1: You have an Associates or Bachelors Degree in your field, but no work experience.

The best way to approach writing a resume as a new graduate (or soon to be) is to include your education first, and compose this section as if it were a job.  Go further in your explanation of your education by bullet pointing relevant projects that you worked on in school.  While it is OK to list some of the relevant classes that you have taken, take it a step further by showcasing your knowledge and the work you actually did that is transferrable to on the job.  Furthermore, if you have the syllabus for the classes you have taken, take a look at those and include the objectives that were covered in the course.

Situation #2: You have a varied work history and no related education.

The best way to address a varied work history is to use a functional resume format because it focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history.  The skills section or summary of qualifications is where you will want to pull some of those keywords from the job description that relate to your experience.  It is a good way to get your resume noticed by employers and recruiters especially.  I do keyword searches all the time when I have a client searching for a specific skill, so I would say that this is one of the most important pieces of writing your resume.  Be sure to list your strongest skills first.

Situation #3: You have held numerous contract jobs.

Having numerous contract jobs is not a bad thing.  It can have a positive reflection on your work experience if your resume is prepared and tailored to the position because it shows flexibility, willingness, and ability to adapt yourself to new roles.  What’s more, contract jobs are a great way to gain experience in a field you otherwise might not have worked in, opening up doors to new opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have had.

Once you have your sights on a specific position, write a strong summary paragraph for the top of your resume that describes only those parts of your experience that relate to it.  In the work experience section of your resume, list the most relevant position first and leave out any details that don’t relate.  A functional resume would also be appropriate for this situation.

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The Takeaway.

Whichever of these situations you find yourself in, the most important thing to remember is to focus your resume on each job at a time.  Remember, quality above quantity.   The more targeted your resume, the more likely you’ll be to land the interview, and more importantly, the job.

For tips on how to compose each part that is essential to a resume, see our Visual Guide to Writing a Resume.

written by,

Amy Gulland
Quality Resource Specialist
The QC Group | QC Staffing
5950 Clearwater Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343
952-895-1150
www.QCgroup.com

 
 
QC Staffing is a division of The QC Group that works exclusively in the placement of Quality professionals.  The division began in 1986 and has grown to serve all 50 US states and beyond.  More information is at qcgroup.com/staffing

Photo Credit: Bogdan Suditu via Compfight cc

Another form of customization that you may not have thought about.

When The QC Group’s Training Division says that we offer customized training, we mean customized training. 

Customization is more than “your site, your people”.  We do that too.   Even curriculum development and content can be a two-way street when working with us.   One size does not fit all, and you aren’t limited to one, prepackaged flavor of training!
For a current project, the curriculum content for a comprehensive computer-based quality training course is being re-written and adapted to include the specific mission language, management insights, and operational statistics of our customer.   Ours is a highly flexible service environment, one that centers on your needs as a customer and creating new ways to fulfill those needs.

Check out a few photos from a recent voice-over studio session:

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Local voice talent, Dave Washburn, voices the narration for computer-based training.

For this computer-based training production, the Training Division is bringing the entire production process “in house” – including all interactive/multimedia design, production, and publishing processes.

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Dave (VO talent) and Training Division Manager and project leader, Brett Franks. 

 

Success in Training: Part 3

There are many different schools of thought regarding training and how to ensure its effectiveness for an organization.  Some common questions should be answered well in advance of the training.   In this 6 part series, each of the questions will be broken down to properly plan for effective training.

Part 3 of 6:

“Is it relevant?”No one likes to sit through a day (or more) of training while feeling the subject matter does not build on or advance their current skill set. There must be a clear correlation between the subject matter and how the skills can be used after the training. Make sure to communicate the background and learning objectives up front!.

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The QC Group offers a strong value proposition for your training and development needs.  Our publicon-site, and on-line training programs cover a variety of topics that lead to greater job satisfaction, productivity efficiency  and increased profitability.  Company supported learning is key to employee motivation and retention.