FORT MITCHELL, KY. - Stanley Rosen believes it's time for the thermoforming industry to establish courses for formal education in colleges and universities. To that end, Rosen, president of Mold Systems Corp. in Valley Cottage, N.Y., has organized a collaborative effort to write two textbooks. Rosen and Steve Spelts, former president of Associated Thermoforming Inc. in Berthoud, Colo., are editing the textbooks, which cover both thin-gauge and heavy-gauge thermoforming. Rosen hopes they will become the basis for thermoforming courses.
Members of the board of directors of the SPE Thermoforming Division have contributed various chapters on roll-fed and sheet forming, machinery and maintenance, safety, molds and cutting dies. There are about 12 authors working on various sections of the books, which will be heavily illustrated.
Rosen, who wrote a chapter on mold design, plans to self-publish the books with the help of members of the division, and to have it available by the end of 1997. Distribution will be through the division's members.
The books will be geared toward production workers.
``Most of us in this business learn by experience,'' said Rosen, who attended the SPE Thermoforming Division conference in Fort Mitchell. ``Your tuition is $100,000 worth of scrap and a long learning curve.''
Rosen has been part of the thermoforming industry for more than 30 years. He lives in Las Vegas and is semiretired. He continues to work as a mold designer and consultant to the industry, helping solve technical problems.
Rosen hopes that the Thermoforming Division can provide videotapes of its technical sessions at the conferences to be a companion to the textbooks.
``It's very important for the industry to have these books,'' said Rosen. ``There hasn't been any way of teaching people in thermoforming, so maybe this combination of books and video ... will get the information out.''