First edition 2009, 502 pages
Plastics manufacturing is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor requiring knowledge
related to materials science, physics, engineering, and management. Because of this
diversity, the plastics process engineer interacts with many stakeholders including
customers, designers, materials suppliers, machine builders, mold/die suppliers,
systems integrators, operators, quality engineers, managers, and others. With so
many stakeholders involved, it isn''t surprising that many plastics manufacturing
processes are not precisely engineered systems. The resulting processes can be poorly
designed, requiring too much investment to achieve too little productivity.
This book was written to educate and support plastics processing engineers, but
is also highly useful to others involved with plastics manufacturing who are performing
process development, research, and even machinery design. A manufacturing systems
engineering approach was used to provide guidance about plastics manufacturing as
an integrated system with broadly applicable analysis of the underlying subsystems.