Friday Features - Aug. 29, 2014

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August 29, 2014

Industrial studies offers new evening class for students and professionals

Both students and professionals interested in gaining hands-on experience thermoforming are invited to enroll in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Thermoforming Technology course, which will be offered during the upcoming fall semester. The courses are open to industrial studies students and students in the engineering program, as well as practicing technical and professional individuals.

During the semester, those enrolled in Thermoforming Technology will learn about thermoforming principles and will be trained to operate Zed-roll-fed thermoformer, Maac sheet fed thermoformer and Hydro-Trim vacuum former at the UW-Platteville Center for Plastics Processing Technology. The class emphasizes part and mold design and use of CAD-CAM and simulation packages such as Solidwork as T-Sim. Participants will work in mold preparation, machine operation, process troubleshooting and part evaluation. The class will be held Tuesdays from 6-9:50 p.m.

Dr. Majid Tabrizi, director of the UW-Platteville Center for Plastics Processing Technology, will instruct the classes. He said that besides giving students hands-on experience in the latest technology, the classes also give companies the opportunity to keep their workers up to date with new information, processes and technology. Having the classes in the evening allows professionals to attend class without interrupting their regular work schedule.

“The participant will receive a combination of theory and hands-on training,” said Tabrizi. “The tuition cost for auditing for a Wisconsin resident is $280.24 for 64 hours of training. It is less than $4.40 per hour of training. The cost is many times more elsewhere.” 

The Center for Plastics Processing Technology not only holds classes, but also acts as a service facility for companies. Various services such as material testing, prototype production and plant layouts are provided at little or no cost. Five companies already take advantage of the center’s services on a regular basis. Because of its dedication to giving students career experience and helping industry, the center has been nationally recognized as a center for excellence by the plastics industry.

“We’ve been entrusted by the Board of Regents to help industry and students become more productive in today’s technology,” said Tabrizi. “We have design and computer applications that are state-of-the-art. The computer software is generally offered to the university for a small fraction of cost to industry.”

Plastics Ingenuity, Print Corporation, Mill-Print Inc. and Generac are a few of the industries that have either had employees take classes or had a specific training for their employees.

For more information, contact Tabrizi at (608) 342-1115 or To register for the classes, contact the Registrar at (608) 342-1321.


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