Plastics Industry Professionals Attend Penn College Workshop | Pennsylvania College of Technology

Penn College considers its Plastics Innovation and Resource Center to be internationally recognized. A summer plastics workshop confirmed a national call that was attended by industry experts from seven companies in three states – Massachusetts, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Penn College is one of six state-wide institutions offering plastic degrees that are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The 11 registrants from seven companies took part in a three-day workshop on plastics, processing and testing via the Innovation Center. During the workshop, participants explored polymer science by learning about the science behind polymers and the five major industrial processes used in plastics and manufacturing: extrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, and rotational molding.

The well received mix of face-to-face lectures and interactive lab sessions was taught by alumnus / teacher Joshua J. Rice. Practical instructions showed how properties such as melt index, tensile strength and impact strength are determined.

“I learned more about different types of materials and their principles and how they work. Also troubleshooting injection molding with fill / pack and hold, ”comments Tracy E. Weidner, injection molding mechanic at B. Braun Medical, Allentown.

“It was great to return to my alma mater to develop my knowledge and skills throughout my career,” added Catherine Weatherman, Penn College Alumna and Product and Process Engineer / Quality Assurance at Cardinal Systems Inc., Schuylkill Haven.

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