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Process Technician (Plastics)

Kapstone Employment Services Detroit, MI
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: vision, dental, medical
Job Description

 

The role of a Process Technician is to set molds and start production/molding in their assigned injection molding machines, respecting objectives set in terms of Quality, Cost and Delivery. The main missions of the role are to:

· Work with injection molding machines and secondary equipment, on tooling issues to reduce downtime and improve efficiency.

· Monitor process and product quality while tooling runs.

· Maintain and improve Quality.

· Work with Manufacturing Engineering to reduce downtime and scrap, and improve process efficiency.

· Participate in improving tool changeover times, by using SMED; improve EOAT (end of arm tooling) change over time improved color changeover time.

· Identify molding problems due to tooling problems and report them to Supervisor.

· Participate in maintaining tooling and equipment thru TPM Program.

· Record downtime and scrap and changeover time

· Able to addresses minor processing issues.

· Work flexibility in order to meet customer demands and needs.

· Work flexibility in order to meet customer requirements.

· Assist with any additional tasks as assigned by the company.

· Work safely with and during mold changes, color changes, and any movement with cranes and robot operations.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have/be:

· Technical diploma, preferably with a specialization in injection molding.

· At least 3 years of manufacturing experience within a fast-paced manufacturing environment

· At least 1 year as a Process Technician in an injection molding manufacturing operation with medium tonnage molding machines

· Training and experience in the operation of overhead cranes

· Proven ability to undertake tasks of substantial variety or complexity which require an extensive knowledge of fabrication/processing techniques, tools, materials, machines and equipment

· Working knowledge of Quality system and Health, Safety and Environment skills

· Strong technical problem-solving skills

· Strong teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills

· Proficient level of English required

· Experience with Engel injection molding machines considered a plus

 

Mold Changes:

· 50 % of job spent doing mold changes

· SMED (single minute exchange of Die)/ Quick Changeover experience

· Operate overhead crane up to 50 ton in size

· Knowledge of setting up, operating crane and differentiating which tools to use during mold changes

· Understanding of and consistent use of mold straps

· Understanding of Hydraulic and water connections and proper usage

· Use of Magnetic Platens, chains, eye bolts and D rings.

 

Robot Knowledge:

· Robot experience (Sepro and Engle usage preferred)

· Able to operate Robot including start, stop, and navigating the robot properly

· End of Arm tool changes and troubleshooting experience

· Safe operation of Robot

 

Materials:

· Basic Understanding of Polymers and Resins

· Experience specifically with the following materials: Polypropylene (PP), TPO, ABS, PCABS, Nylon, & Glass and Mineral filled PP.

· Basic Hopper and Dryer operations

· Understanding of which materials require Drying

· Basic Knowledge of Injection Molding Machine mounted blenders (MOTAN)

· Basic feed systems operation and trouble shooting

· Experience with color concentrate blending and troubleshooting with material.

· Experience performing color changes including purging machine and cleaning tools

 

Processing & Injection Molding Machinery:

· Start and stop basic understanding

· Troubleshooting the following issues:

o Short Shots

o Flash

o Splay

o Burns

o Bubbles

o Flow Lines

o Pin Push

o Sink Marks

· Understanding of cold and hot runners and valve gated manifolds in Injection Molding Machine tooling

· Understanding and ability to follow water circuits

· Basic electrical understanding of Injection Molding Machines and tools (Thermocouples, wiring heater bands)

· Ability to change Nozzle tips and mixers

· Experience recording process parameters and reacting to out of control tolerances

· Experience loading processes (recipe) into Injection Molding Machine Controllers (Engle & Husky brands)

· Experience with Cores and ejection including troubleshooting

· Recording and understanding of mold change time, color change time, scrap percentage, efficiency and down time.

· Interior Injection Molding experience with Cosmetic “A” surface parts

· Knowledge and understanding of parts and function of all parts of an Injection Molding Press

· Knowledge and understanding of step by step processes in an injection mold cycle.

· Knowledge and understanding of proper cleaning, storage, safety procedures related to all aspects of operation and processing

· Working knowledge of Kanban

· Excellent housekeeping practices

· Familiarity with tools such as:

o Screw Drivers

o Allen Wrench

o Mallet

o Other small hand tools as needed

Company Description
We are a certified women and minority owned Detroit-based company providing employment solutions for our communities. Specializing in recruitment for engineering, IT, finance and accounting and human resources professionals . We're in the relationship building business, establishing and maintaining relationships with our candidates and clients. We're here to serve you.

Kapstone Employment Services

We are a certified women and minority owned Detroit-based company providing employment solutions for our communities. Specializing in recruitment for engineering, IT, finance and accounting and human resources professionals . We're in the relationship building business, establishing and maintaining relationships with our candidates and clients. We're here to serve you.

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