Injection Molding Advanced Troubleshooting Guide, 2e

The 4M Approach
Copyright: April 2021
ISBN: 9781569908341
Hardcover: Hardcover, 523 pages
$199.99 (US)

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This highly practical troubleshooting guide solves problems at the machine systematically and quickly.

Drawing on a wealth of hands-on experience from the authors, who have built strong reputations in the field, the book is structured by type of problem/solution. Thus, it is an ideal reference to be consulted at the machine.
Included is valuable information on robust process windows, cycle time evaluations, scrap savings, and runners/gates with no existing standard in the industry. No other book provides the unique insights found here.

Author Info:

Kerkstra, R.

Randy Kerkstra has worked in the plastics industry for over 29 years, with specialism in troubleshooting injection molding. He also has much experience with injection molds, with 14 years in the tool shop environment as a mold maker/designer and over 15 maintaining and repairing/troubleshooting thousands of molds in the production environment. He has years of research with gate geometry, runner/sprue waste, and reducing part defects with a focus on the mold and how it impacts these issues. He also co-owns KB Molding Solutions, a training and consulting company. He currently works in sales and product development for PCS Company.

Brammer, S.


Steve Brammer has held a variety of positions for multiple custom and captive molders working in the furniture, appliance, automotive, and consumer products markets. He is currently Molding Technical Manager for a Tier One automotive component supplier. Steve is also an Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, teaching courses in applied injection molding, plastics processing, and manufacturing. He also co-owns KB Molding Solutions, a training and consulting company. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Ferris State University.