Milacron aids career development at AIM with equipment 


Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion is enabling career development in the plastics industry by delivering a 55-ton Milacron-FANUC Roboshot with iMFLUX technologies to the AIM Institute.

Milacron is a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry. The Roboshot excels in its resilience to handle many injection molding applications. The industry-standard-setting technology found in the Roboshot all-electric injection molding machine is a direct result of years of partnership and insight between Milacron and FANUC.

Integrating iMFLUX technology into machine controls is a more economical route to faster cycles and advanced part quality. iMFLUX offers quality benefits through improved balancing of high-cavitation molds, such as caps, closures, and consumer product applications. Additional benefits can be attributed to iMFLUX capabilities in recognizing a change in melt viscosity and adjusted filling to maintain consistent low pressure while achieving consistent part weights.

“Milacron was the first to present iMFLUX integrated directly into the machine’s controller, allowing the operator to modify settings through a single screen,” said Andy Stirn, director of new product development for Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion. “At Milacron, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers succeed. Milacron began offering this capability in 2018 and have set the standard for fully integrated IMFLUX capability inside our control systems.”

The American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute offers a variety of courses for beginner injection molders through high-level experienced processors. AIM teaches that, regardless of job function in the industry, it is critical to understand all four disciplines in the injection molding process: plastic materials, mold design, injection molding processing, and part design; and how each of these components affect the final part. Their Molders’ Series curriculum is designed for processors of all experience levels and has the potential to benefits hundreds of students each year. Students can enter the series at the level appropriate to their current experience and exit when they have achieved their desired knowledge and skills.

This machine will benefit multiple courses offered through AIM. It will further the AIM Institute partnership with iMFLUX, a wholly owned subsidiary of P&G, to provide training on their proprietary process control technology. Classes held at AIM’s headquarters in Erie, Pennsylvania, include “Introduction to iMFLUX” and “Applied iMFLUX” processing. Students who complete both courses have the ability and intelligence to set up and adjust an iMFLUX process, as well as the skills to convert a conventional molding process to one using iMFLUX.

“The demand for experts in this industry is not slowing. We are working to eliminate knowledge gaps through catered courses that fill the needs of working professionals,” said David Hoffman, director of AIM. “Our students inherit our research-based practices and skills from our specialized educators, geared toward their specific occupation. Students will be capable of adapting the latest techniques to tackle new obstacles in the industry that are relevant now and in the future.”

Milacron shares this commitment to pioneer new developments and solve complex gaps in the plastics industry. The partnership between Milacron and AIM is critical to conduct new research and techniques for methods in parts processing and manufacturing. This analysis will be distributed among AIM graduates, but also to leaders in the industry on how to reform plastics processing.

Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution, and service of highly engineered and customized systems within the plastic technology and processing industry.