Paulson Training Programs Inc. (Booth N8305) is unveiling a new version of its injection molding training software package at NPE 2003, and is preparing to jump its products to an Internet-based delivery system.
Paulson is releasing its second-generation training software, dubbed SimTech 2003, and it is launching an online version of its needs-assessment testing program. At its booth, the firm also is demonstrating Internet-based training software that it sees as its future.
The Chester, Conn.-based company said the SimTech 2003 software includes several improvements over its existing offering, giving users the ability to modify the program to reflect their own injection presses, molds and resins, and by adding results that show users when a mold reaches its pressure-transfer point.
That latter result is key to simulating scientific molding, said General Manager Scott Paulson. The company's first generation of the SimTech software was released at NPE 2000.
``There are over 25 machine controls in the program, whereas before there were 14,'' Paulson said. ``It's just a richer machine.''
The program does offer simulation of a molding machine, but Paulson said the company considers it primarily a training program and does not market it heavily as a simulation tool.
The company has found that data supplied by resin companies, for example, often is not accurate enough for detailed measurements of things like reciprocal seconds, used to measure viscosity, Paulson said.
``We're not claiming to be a wholly accurate simulation of the whole process,'' he said. ``But we are accurate trendwise.''
The company also is releasing an online version of its SkillChecker assessment testing program that can identify a specific employee's strengths and weaknesses and provide aggregate data comparing employees and plants to averages in Paulson's database.
The program can be used to screen new hires or target weaknesses of an existing employee, and comes with three tests, for operator, technician and expert.
The assessment covers injection molding, but an extrusion version should be out in the summer.
The company also is demonstrating an Internet-based delivery system it plans to use. Paulson either will deliver the training program over a broadband Internet connection or use a slower dial-up connection in conjunction with a CD-based system.
The technology will expand the company's potential market by opening up sales to individuals and smaller companies that couldn't afford the $10,000 license common for facilitywide training, Paulson said. An individual license could run a few hundred dollars for a year, he said.
The Web-based system eventually will let the company create customized programs for specific individuals, based on their strengths and weaknesses on the needs-assessment test, he said.
The company wants to move away from its model of selling software in a license that provides training ``forever and ever for all their employees,'' in favor of an Internet model that sells training on an individual or time-limited basis, which could be more lucrative for Paulson, he said.
``Companies won't have to purchase, track and deliver large training libraries as they have in the past,'' Paulson said. ``We anticipate a very strong return-on-investment case will be made for companies that adopt this style of training.''
Paulson plans to start selling the Web-based system in the third quarter.