Plastic Extrusion Training-To be the Extrusion Expert
Plastic Extrusion Training
To be the Extrusion Expert:
Ever think that someday you may be
So…who is this wise authoritative individual
How does one eventually earn the title, “The Extrusion Expert”.
What’s Stopping You from Being the Expert?
These people are different…they must be naturally gifted…of course…isn’t that right?
“I just don’t have that
Not necessarily, studies have
“I just don’t
Stumbling and road blocks of self-doubt and how we handle them will make a difference, as this can make or break us.
We don't think we can do it.
In other words, the key to mastery lies in our assumptions about ourselves and the process.
Qualities that Make the Difference
Did you ever stop to think
There are just no short cuts
“It’s just too unpleasant,
Becoming the expert requires the discomfort of learning.
Remember that Edison said “Genius (possibly expert) is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Additionally, you also need something
Passion is the fuel that feeds the drive to success.
If you are immersing yourself in extrusion, then
Becoming great at something is not easy.
It is what motivates us to continue pursuing our challenge when times get tough, when we get
Practice plays a major role in success.
Practicing in your area of
The ever so small successes that accompany dedicated practice must also be acknowledged constantly.
Now let us take a look at the general (Key attributes) and specific (Technical skill knowledge and experience) areas that the Extrusion expert would most likely have higher degrees of skill and experience
Remember, the expert is;
An Expert will need to be able to prioritize which tasks come first, manage his time effectively
Pay Strong attention to detail:
Experts are logical. They are able to make sense of complex systems, understand how things work, and spot where problems arise.
Is Extremely Analytical
Experts show excellent analytical skills, are naturally inquisitive and are always thinking of ways to get things to work better.
Applies Math skills
Extrusion can be complex at times.
Is a Problem solver:
The expert’s creativity, analytical aptitude and logical thinking allow them to be effective problem solvers. They see a problem and instinctively look for a way to solve it.
Is a Clear and Calm Communicator
An expert has
Is a Team player:
An expert knows although he may be leading the team…that they are working as part of that team and
Possesses Deep and Excellent Technical Knowledge:
The Expert is always the one with the deep technical knowledge of the extrusion arena.
Continually Learns, Develops and Furthers Education:
The expert is committed to keeping up with developments in the extrusion
Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience
A key to becoming the expert also lies in where their concentrated efforts are targeted. Instead of playing to their strengths…a characteristic of amateurs…experts focus on improving what they are not good at.
Let’s examine the areas you would need to master to become an extrusion expert.
Basic and Advanced Extrusion Fundamentals
Knowledge of Plastics used in Extrusion
Trouble Shooting and Problem Solving Extrusion skills
Extrusion and Ancillary Equipment Maintenance
Standardization and Process Optimization
to set up and run the line
Process Control Fundamentals
Feed screw Fundamentals
Excel software (data collection, calculation and display)
Mini tab or other statistical Quality Software
Solidworks or Autocad Software
Flow Simulation Software
In a future post we will examine these areas in depth and provide a quick assessment tool to evaluate where your skill level falls in comparison to an expert.
Nobody does it Alone
Finally, make sure you work at building a support system.
Winning people surround themselves with systems like these…individuals, who point them in the right direction, motivate them to keep going, and push them hard to reach their objectives and goals,
In their relentless pursuit of excellence, those