PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY

PLAS 121 - INTRODUCTION TO PLASTICS

An Introductory course covering: basic chemistry, plastics materials, product applications, processing methods, assembly and finishing techniques.

4  credits  (3  lecture  hours,  2  laboratory  hours),

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement.

PLAS 131 - PLASTIC PRODUCT & MOLD DESIGN

Basic principles of molded part and tooling design. An emphasis on injection molded parts and the steel molds in which they are made. The course culminates into a student designed mold to be built and used in the machine tools and plastics laboratories.

3 credit hours (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

PLAS 221 - PLASTICS MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

This course applies the machining principles acquired in Manufacturing Processes I (MFG 221) toward the repair, machining and assembly of plastics tooling which was designed in Plastic Product and Mold Design (PLAS 131). Prerequisite: PLAS 131

1 credit hour (3 laboratory hours), spring semester

PLAS 231 - PLASTICS PROCESSING I

Theory, operation and setup of major plastics production processes. These include injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, thermoforming, rotational molding, compression molding, and foaming processes. The processing of reinforced plastics is also covered.

Prerequisite: PLAS 121

4 credit hours (3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

PLAS 241 - PLASTIC MOLD CONSTRUCTION

A laboratory course which combines use of the machining and plastics laboratory operations. Students will build a mold, including its necessary related tooling, to produce a finished plastic part previously designed in the PLAS 131 course. The part is then produced in the plastics laboratory.

2 credit hours (6 laboratory hours), spring semester

PLAS 251 - PLASTICS PROCESSING II

The final course in the plastics curriculum. It covers the secondary processes of decorating and coating, finishing, and assembling of plastics products to conclude the final sequence of production. The basic concepts of statistical process control (SPC) and total quality management (TQM) are also introduced and the environmental aspects of plastics are examined.

Prerequisite: PLAS 231

2 credit hours (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester