Nov. 28, 2011
The plastics program at UW-Stout has added a state-of-the-art machine. Wittmann Battenfeld, based in Austria, recently donated a new EcoPower 55-ton electric injection molding machine. It is valued at more than $100,000.
Additional equipment provided by Wittmann Battenfeld are a TEMPRO plus C Series temperature control unit and a DRYMAX E30 material dryer. The combination of equipment represents a typical turnkey work cell that Wittmann Battenfeld provides customers.
“The generous Wittmann Battenfeld donation means our students will be trained on the latest technology in the industry,” said Adam Kramschuster, plastics engineering program director. “This is the kind of machine students will use as professionals.”
UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, began offering a Bachelor of Science in plastics engineering in fall 2008. Along with plastics engineering majors, students majoring in manufacturing engineering, engineering technology and packaging use the plastics lab in Jarvis Hall Technology Wing.
Also, the plastics program recently hosted 12 industry professionals from five states and Mexico for hands-on training. The training was coordinated by RJG, an industry leader in certification, Kramschuster said.