UW-Stout News Story

Plastics industry professionals, students trained at university lab

January 30, 2012

The plastics lab at UW-Stout’s Jarvis Hall was busy recently with more than its usual cadre of engineering students. The lab, in conjunction with training company RJG, hosted a seminar for 12 professionals from the plastics industry.

Four UW-Stout students majoring in plastics engineering also received the training, which consisted of lectures and hands-on work with the lab’s injection molding equipment. The students are Derek Bruesch, of Waupun; Zack Johnson, of North Branch, Minn.; Ronald J. Juedes Jr., of Medford; and Dayton Ramirez, of Lone Rock. The students were trained at no cost.

“RJG is widely considered one of the industry leaders in injection molding training and certification,” said Adam Kramschuster, plastics engineering program director. “It’s a great partnership for us.”

RJG, of Traverse City, Mich., announced that it will loan four data acquisition systems to UW-Stout’s program. The systems, valued at $15,000 each, acquire data from the injection molding machine and mold and can be used for advanced process control.

Last year, the lab added a major new piece of equipment. Wittmann Battenfeld, based in Austria, donated an EcoPower 55-ton electric injection molding machine valued at more than $100,000.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, began offering a Bachelor of Science in plastics engineering in fall 2008.

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