MPI Smartech Education Program ™

MPI believes that education is a continuous process. Initial training as well as training of specific functions should be made available to everyone involved, including machine operators, setup personnel, process engineers, and maintenance staff. To fulfill the need for training, MPI has developed the Smartech Education Program ™.

The Smartech Education Program ™ is a comprehensive collection of training courses that has a specific focus on wax room operations. Each program is designed both with classroom and hands on wax room training. Training can take place at MPI’s state of the art training facility in Poughkeepsie, NY or MPI’s certified trainer can come to you. One of the advantages of having the training take place at your facility is that the trainer can instruct in your wax room using your machines and your wax dies.

education program

Adequate training means that your personnel will better understand the injection process helping them make good process decisions to produce the best quality wax patterns. This results in productivity gains as it reduces both scrap and improves cycle time and pattern quality. It also decreases casting scrap and rework—reducing casting costs.

All classes are certified by MPI, incorporating our 40 plus years of industry experience to all programs.

Wax Injection Training

1.01 WAX INJECTION OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on the basic operation and process control of wax injection machines.

  • Class is tailored to wax room operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Review of injection machine safety
  • Review of injection machine features and functions
  • Review of injection machine operation
  • Review of injection process variables that affect process control
  • Specific review of wax flow and pressure control, understanding their effects on one another and on pattern quality
  • Understanding wax temperature and its effect on die filling
  • Monitoring of the injection process
  • Basic review of pattern defects and how to overcome them
  • Hands-on training at the equipment

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Injection Operation Training Course reference manual
  • Wax Injection Operation Training Course certificate of completion
  • Causes of Pattern Defects manual (bonus)

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

1.02 WAX INJECTION ADVANCED OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on setting up a new die, applying the injection process control methods from “Wax Injection Operation Training” course to optimize the injection focusing on pattern quality and best cycle times.

  • Class is tailored to wax room setup personnel and process engineers
  • Applies methods and techniques learned in the first operator training class
  • Review of injection machine safety
  • Review advanced injection variables and machine controls
    • Programmable wax flow control
    • Programmable wax pressure control
  • Injection die setup key process variables
    • Adjusting wax flow and pressure control while applying good process decisions
    • Selecting the right wax temperature
    • Review methods used to eliminate pattern defects (identifying the root cause)
  • Review injection of complex shapes
    • Thin walled patterns
    • Injection around ceramic cores
    • Review of your products (customer is welcome to supply sample patterns)
  • Hands-on equipment training

Operator 

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance 

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Injection Advanced Operation Training Course reference manual
  • Wax Injection Advanced Operation Training Course certificate of completion
  • Causes of Pattern Defects manual

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

1.03 WAX INJECTION SMART CONTROLS™ TRAINING:

This is a half-day training session that focuses on operation of the Wax Injector Smart Controls™ System.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to wax room operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Basic review of machine safety
  • Review of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation
    • Recipe Control
    • User security
    • Messages and alarms
  • Review general machine operation and operating modes
  • Review of machine adjustments
  • Overview of the injection graphs (requires completion of Wax Injection Operation Training)
  • Hands-on equipment training

Note: The wax room training requires an MPI injection machine with Smart Controls™.

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Smart Controls™ Training course reference manual
  • Smart Controls™ Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

1.04 WAX INJECTOR MAINTENANCE TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on wax injector maintenance and how to optimize the performance of MPI Equipment. The training class includes a walk around the machine identifying and reviewing the specific maintenance areas on the equipment. The hands on portion of the class can be modified to meet customer specific requirements by combining it with preventative maintenance of the equipment. This enables your maintenance personnel to perform actual procedures on the machine with guidance from MPI’s certified instructor.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to wax room maintenance personnel
  • Review of machine safety
  • Review of machine lockout/tagout procedures
  • Overview of machine assemblies
  • Overview of MPI Smart Controls™ and assemblies
    • Messages and alarms
    • Controller I/O
  • Operator Asset care
  • Programmed maintenance intervals
    • Detailed review of daily, weekly and annual inspections.
  • Review machine troubleshooting techniques.
  • Hands-on training at the equipment
  • Optional:
    • Conduct a preventative maintenance event on one machine specified by the customer prior to the training course; if this training is conducted at MPI, the preventative maintenance event will take place on an MPI Pattern Production injector.

Operator 

Technician 

Engineer 

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Injection Maintenance Training course reference manual
  • Wax Injection Maintenance Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

Ceramic Injection Training Ceramic Injection Training

2.01 CERAMIC INJECTION OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on the basic operation and process control of ceramic injection machines.

  • Class is tailored to injection operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Review of injection machine safety
  • Review of injection machine features and functions
  • Review of injection machine operation
  • Review of injection process variables that affect process control
  • Specific review of wax flow and pressure control, understanding their effects on one another and on pattern quality
  • Understanding wax temperature and its effect on die filling
  • Monitoring of the injection process
  • Basic review of pattern defects and how to overcome them
  • Hands-on training at the equipment

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Ceramic Injection Operation Training course reference manual
  • Ceramic Injection Operation Training course certificate of completion
  • Causes of Pattern Defects manual (bonus)

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

2.02 CERAMIC INJECTION ADVANCED OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on setting up a new die, applying the injection process control methods from the Ceramic Injection Operation Training course to optimize the injection focusing on pattern quality and best cycle times.

  • Class is tailored to setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Applies methods and techniques learned in the first operator training class
  • Review of injection machine safety
  • Review advanced injection variables and machine controls
    • Programmable wax flow control
    • Programmable wax pressure control
  • Injection die setup key process variables
    • Adjusting ceramic flow and pressure control while applying good process decisions
    • Selecting the right ceramic temperature
    • Review methods used to eliminate pattern defects (identifying the root cause)
  • Review injection of complex shapes
    • Injection of ceramic cores
    • Review of your products (customer is welcome to supply sample patterns)
  • Hands-on training at the equipment

Operator 

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance 

INCLUDES:

  • Ceramic Injection Advanced Operation Training course reference manual
  • Ceramic Injection Advanced Operation Training course certificate of completion
  • Causes of Pattern Defects manual

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

2.03 CERAMIC INJECTION SMART CONTROLS™ TRAINING:

This is a half-day training session that focuses on operation of the Wax Injector Smart Controls™ System.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to injection operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Basic review of machine safety
  • Review of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation
    • Recipe control
    • User security
    • Messages and alarms
  • Review general machine operation and operating modes
  • Review of machine adjustments
  • Overview of the injection graphs (requires completion of Ceramic Injection Operation Training)
  • Hands-on equipment training

Note: The wax room training requires an MPI injection machine with Smart Controls™.

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Injection Cell Advanced Operation Training reference manual
  • Injection Cell Advanced Operation Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

2.04 CERAMIC INJECTOR MAINTENANCE TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on ceramic injector maintenance and how to optimize the performance of MPI Equipment. The training class includes a walk around the machine identifying and reviewing the specific maintenance areas on the equipment. The hands on portion of the class can be modified to meet customer specific requirements by combining it with preventative maintenance of the equipment. This enables your maintenance personnel to perform actual procedures on the machine with guidance from MPI’s certified instructor.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to maintenance personnel
  • Review of machine safety
  • Review of machine lockout/tagout procedures
  • Overview of machine assemblies
  • Overview of MPI Smart Controls™ and assemblies
    • Messages and alarms
    • Controller I/O
  • Operator Asset care
  • Programmed maintenance intervals
    • Detailed review of daily, weekly and annual inspections
  • Review machine troubleshooting techniques
  • Hands-on equipment training
  • Optional:
    • Conduct a preventative maintenance event on one machine specified by the customer prior to the training course; if this training is conducted at MPI, the preventative maintenance event will take place on an MPI Pattern Production injector.

Operator 

Technician

Engineer 

Maintenance✔ 

INCLUDES:

  • Ceramic Injection Maintenance Training course reference manual
  • Ceramic Injection Maintenance Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: $300 per person
($1,000 minimum)

Automated Injection Cell Training

3.01 INJECT CELL SMART CONTROLS™ AND OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on operation of the Injection Cell Smart Controls™ System.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to injection operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Review of machine safety
    • Review of emergency stop
    • Review guard safety circuits
  • Review of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation
    • Recipe control
    • User security
    • Messages and alarms
  • Review general machine operation and operating modes
  • Review of cell adjustments
  • Hands-on equipment training

Notes:
Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell.
Class covers the operation of the cell only; it does not cover operations specific to wax injection.
The wax room training requires an MPI injection cell with Smart Controls™.
Class applies to both wax and ceramic injection cells.

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Injection Cell Smart Controls™ Training course reference manual
  • Injection Cell Smart Controls™ Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

3.02 INJECT CELL ADVANCED OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-and-a-half-day training session that focuses on advanced operation of the cell, including methods for introducing a new product to the cell. This class includes a Smart Controls™ recipe setup and robot programming.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to process engineers only
  • Review of machine safety
    • Review of emergency stop
    • Review guard safety circuits
  • Overview of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation for new product introduction
    • Recipe control
  • Overview of the robot controller
    • System messages and alarms
    • Navigation through the system information
    • Review work object user frames
    • Review robot error recovery
  • Review MPI’s application program
    • Review general program architecture
    • Navigation through the robot program
    • Review of machine features and functions within the program
    • Review program for each station within the cell
  • Hands-on equipment training
    • Touching up robot positions
    • Create a new robot recipe item
    • Review robot error recovery

Notes:

  1. Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell.
  2. This class covers the operation and programing of the cell only; it does not cover operations specific to wax injection.
  3. The wax room training requires an MPI injection cell with Smart Controls™.
  4. All individuals attending the class must have successfully completed the Robot Manufacturer’s Basic Programming class.

Operator 

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance 

INCLUDES:

  • Injection Cell Smart Controls™ Training course reference manual
  • Injection Cell Smart Controls™ Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

3.03 INJECT CELL MAINTENANCE TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on Injection Cell maintenance and how to optimize the performance of MPI Equipment. The training class includes a walk around the machine identifying and reviewing the specific maintenance areas on the equipment. The handson portion of the class can be modified to meet customer specific requirements by combining it with preventative maintenance of the equipment. This enables your maintenance personnel to perform actual procedures on the machine with guidance from MPI’s certified instructor.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to maintenance personnel
  • Review of machine safety
  • Review of machine lockout/tagout procedures
  • Overview of machine assemblies
  • Review end of arm tooling maintenance
  • Overview of MPI Smart Controls™ and assemblies
    • Messages and alarms
    • Controller I/O
  • Operator asset care
  • Programmed maintenance intervals
    • Detailed review of daily, weekly, and annual inspections
  • Review machine troubleshooting techniques
  • Hands-on training at the equipment
  • Optional:
    • Conduct a preventative maintenance event on one machine specified by the customer prior to the training course. If this training is conducted at MPI the preventative maintenance event will take place on an MPI Pattern Production injector.

Note:

  1. Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell
  2. Class covers the maintenance of the cell only; it does not cover operations specific to wax injection
  3. The hands on wax room training requires a MPI injection Cell with Smart Controls™.

Operator 

Technician 

Engineer 

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Injection Cell Maintenance Training course reference manual
  • Wax Injection Cell Maintenance Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

Assembly Cell Training

4.01 ASSEMBLY CELL SMART CONTROLS™ AND OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on operation of the Automated Wax Assembly Cell Smart Controls™ system.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to wax room operators, setup personnel, and process engineers
  • Review of machine safety
    • Review of emergency stop
    • Review guard safety circuits
  • Review of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation
    • Recipe control
    • User security
    • Messages and alarms
  • Review general machine operation and operating modes
  • Review of cell adjustments
  • Hands-on equipment training

Notes:

  1. Class applies to both MPI’s Model 20-14 and Custom build Wax Assembly Cells.
  2. Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell
  3. The wax room training requires an MPI Assembly Cell with Smart Controls™.

Operator ✔

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Assembly Cell Smart Controls™ Training reference manual
  • Wax Assembly Cell Smart Controls™ Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

4.02 ASSEMBLY CELL ADVANCED OPERATION TRAINING:

This is a one-and-a-half-day training session that focuses on advanced operation of the cell including methods for introducing a new product to the cell. Class includes Smart Controls™ recipe setup and robot programming.

  • Classroom training that is tailored process engineers only
  • Review of machine safety
    • Review of emergency stop
    • Review guard safety circuits
  • Overview of Smart Controls™ Operator interface screens
    • Navigation for new product introduction
    • Recipe control
  • Overview of the robot controller
    • System messages and alarms
    • Navigation through the system information
    • Review work object user frames
    • Review robot error recovery
  • Review MPI’s application program
    • Review general program architecture
    • Navigation through the robot program
    • Review of machine features and functions within the program
    • Review program for each station within the cell
  • Hands on training at the equipment
    • Touching up robot positions
    • Create new robot recipe item
    • Review robot error recovery

Notes:

  1. Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell
  2. The wax room training requires an MPI Automated Wax Assembly Cell with Smart Controls™.
  3. All individuals attending the class must have successfully completed the Robot Manufacturer’s Basic Programming class.

Operator 

Technician ✔

Engineer ✔

Maintenance 

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Assembly Cell Advanced Operation Training course reference manual
  • Wax Assembly Cell Advanced Operation Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

4.03 AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY CELL MAINTENANCE TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on Automated Wax Assembly Cell maintenance and how to optimize the performance of MPI Equipment. The training class includes a walk around the machine while identifying and reviewing the specific maintenance areas on the equipment. The hands-on portion of the class can be modified to meet customer-specific requirements by combining it with preventative maintenance of the equipment. This enables your maintenance personnel to perform actual procedures on the machine with guidance from MPI’s certified instructor.

  • Classroom training that is tailored to maintenance personnel.
  • Review of machine safety
  • Review of machine lockout/tagout procedures
  • Overview of machine assemblies
  • Review end of arm tooling maintenance
  • Overview of MPI Smart Controls™ and assemblies.
    • Messages and alarms
    • Controller I/O
  • Operator Asset care
  • Programmed maintenance intervals
    • Detailed review of daily, weekly and annual inspections.
  • Review machine troubleshooting techniques.
  • Hands-on equipment training
  • Optional:
    • Conduct of a preventative maintenance event on one machine specified by the customer prior to the training course. If this training is conducted at MPI the preventative maintenance event will take place on a MPI Pattern Production injector.

Note:

  1. Class is typically customized to include customer-specific functionality supplied with the cell
  2. The hands-on wax room training requires an MPI Automated Wax Assembly Cell with Smart Controls™.

Operator 

Technician 

Engineer 

Maintenance ✔

INCLUDES:

  • Wax Assembly Cell Maintenance Training course reference manual
  • Wax Assembly Cell Maintenance Training course certificate of completion

1 Day / Price: TBD

Model 20-20 Graphing Unit Training

5.01 MODEL 20-20 GRAPHING UNIT TRAINING:

This is a one-day training session that focuses on the basic operation and process control of the Model 20-20 graphing unit

  • Class is tailored to wax room operators, setup personnel, and process engineer