Interactive e-Trainer simulates molding
COLOGNE, GERMANY - The e-Trainer from Engel Holding GmbH won a gold medal at the International German Training Prize contest, given at the didacta education trade show in Cologne.
The Web-based e-Trainer works like a flight simulator, only for injection molding. Students can take part in the interactive training anywhere. Users can record a training session and review it at a later date, as a refresher course.
In other news, Engel hosted the European Future Forum for Injection Molding Technology at its headquarters in Schwertburg, Austria, earlier this year.
Top-ranking experts from colleges and universities in German-speaking countries met to talk about numerous topics including globalization, ecology and future materials, training and linking industry and universities for research and development.
Engel's North American unit, Engel Machinery Inc., is based in Guelph, Ontario.
Oregon State gets extruder from Entek
CORVALLIS, ORE. - Entek Manufacturing Inc. has donated an E-Max twin-screw extruder, plus auxiliary equipment, to Corvallis-based Oregon State University's department of wood science and engineering.
Entek is based in Lebanon, Ore.
The E-Max has a 27-millimeter screw diameter, making it good for laboratory work and low-volume production.
The Department of Agriculture has rated Oregon State's wood science and engineering department one of the top four programs in North America for research and development of wood- plastic composite technology.
Upgraded ONU center features Kuka robots
ADA, OHIO - Ohio Northern University in Ada has selected Kuka Robotics Corp. to provide robots for its remodeled and expanded robotics technology center.
Kuka provided seven of its K3 robots, plus controllers and software. Five robots are connected to controllers and computer numerically controlled machines in a simulated manufacturing environment, to perform loading, unloading and part transfer.
Kuka Robotics is in Clinton Township, near Mount Clemens, Mich. Its parent, Kuka Roboter GmbH, is in Augsburg, Germany.
Boy Machines Inc. of Exton, Pa., has donated one of its 35A injection presses to Clemson University's mechanical engineering department. At the school in Clemson, S.C., the machine will be under the direction of assistant professor David Angstadt, whose research focuses on micro-molding.