In 1998 we recognized the need for plastic welding training in the USA and Canada. Plastic welders have typically learned by following the lead of other welders who have been in the business for years, or simply learn on their own after purchasing a plastic welding tool. In the USA and in Canada there are no plastic welding standards for fabricators to follow. Plastic Welding School found a need in the industry for a formal training program on how to weld plastics.
"IN HOUSE" COURSES
For the beginner or the experienced plastic fabricator, we offer starter courses or refresher courses. Standard plastic fabrication courses including hot gas and extrusion welding of Polypropylene and PVC sheet. Other materials can be added or substituted. We also offer training on the butt and socket fusion welding of pipe and welding of thermoplastic liners. Plastic welding training will be run at the customer’s facility. Additional welding equipment can be added to the customer’s equipment for the conduction of the class. Training can also be tailored to your individual company needs.
Plastic Fabrication Training offers a Certificate of Attendance for the welding of thermoplastics. Reference materials for plastic welding fabrication and plastic repairs, including Plastic tank design Software, Consulting and expert witness services are also available.
PLASTIC Fabrication Training SCHEDULE FOR A FOUR DAY ON SITE WELDING COURSE
The FOUR day session is as follows:
Monday morning will be devoted to Plastic's theory and Plastic Welding Theory
Monday afternoon will be hands on plastic welding using the Hot Gas Welding Tools, welding Polypropylene. We will begin to learn "what a good weld feels like and looks like." We will run plastic welding beads on flat sheet stock, followed up by welding a simple single "V" weld utilizing multiple passes, and a fillet weld on Polypropylene.
Tuesday We will continue with the Polypropylene welds welding another single "V", and Fillet weld, and then moving on to welding a Double "V" on Polypropylene. We will field bend test the single “V” and Double “X” on the last day of the class.
Tuesday afternoon we will perform the same welds on PVC or on a second plastic material selected by the customer.
Wednesday we will continue with the PVC or second plastic. Either just the PP or both plastics will be hot gas welded to show the fabrication techniques for corners and also repairs. Followed by a visual inspection of all welds completed during the class. Re-welds will be made of any welds that did not pass a visual inspection. Time permitting we will prepare out extrusion weld samples which will include the hot gas tack weld of our samples to be extrusion welded, We will use the extruder to do both "butt welds" and "fillet welds"
Thursday we will finish up the extrusion welds and have a theoretical review of the past three days. We will prepare weld samples for theoretical bend testing.
For those customers who are using HDPE: we can substitute some of the PP or PVC for HDPE time.
For those customers who have a special needs such as acrylics etc we will cover that on Wednesday/Thursday.
We do not use Fluoropolymers during this class as the classroom is not set up with the special ventilation necessary to weld these materials.
Special one and two day refresher classes can be conducted at the customer facility's either on the Thursday/Friday before the class or the Monday/Tuesday after the class. These special sessions can be either/or/both hot gas and extrusion. Or if the customer desires, we can complete training on special projects or Fluoropolymers. These in-house classes can be arranged for up to 6 employees, and can be all hands on or hands-on plus theory during the conduct of the Hands-on-Welding. Special pricing will be negotiated and must be paid for in advance. Equipment can also be provided. The customer will be responsible for the welding rod, power, equipment, and materials to be welded. If either is required for this course, prior arrangements must be made to have the materials in house. Larry usually travels with his equipment.
Larry's basic fees for in-house training are as follows:
Travel fee: $1.25/mile (This cost is usually prorated between all the customer's being seen on any given trip) or actual airfare costs.
Larry's per Diem rate: $75.00 including travel days.
Lodging fee: approx $150/day (Larry will get a quote from the Hotel)
Per Student fee: $75/student (Managers, Supervisors, QA/QC are exempt from the per student fee.
This fee only applies to any student getting a "Certificate of Training")
Per Day on Site $1,600/day Special rates for special projects can always be negotiated.
The use of Larry's equipment is included in the Per Day Training fee and the travel fee.
For more information, please call Larry at the following number: (630)-319-3480 or
Chip at (603) 848-7153.