by Peter Van Puyvelde
Total Quality Process Control for Injection Molding, 2nd Edition
M. Joseph Gordon, Jr.
In this lengthy book, a total quality approach for injection moulding applications is presented. The aim of the work is to provide a detailed planning for the implementation of total quality management (TQM) control procedures for the production of plastic parts. Moreover, limits for quality control assessments are established.
In the first chapters, an overview is given of the different aspects of TQM. Next, the complete chain of a plastic product processing operation is discussed, going from the material, over the machine and mould design towards the final processing operation. When discussing the received material to be processed, one should for instance be aware of the inherent variability of the feedstock that is used. This discussion leads to procedures to properly characterize for instance the thermal properties of the material. In the part that describes TQM principles for the machine, attention is given to the machine itself and the auxiliary equipment that is needed for a successful operation.