Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Plastics Lab

In this lab you may use a variety of processing equipment and software to manufacture an array of plastics components. In close relation to this lab, you may use the equipment and software in our process evaluation lab in order to research the durability of products.

Since Michigan ranks among the highest producers of finished goods for the plastics industry, it is no wonder that WMU has placed a focus on plastics education for the next generation of engineers.


The fact that the plastics laboratory is the largest lab in its new Parkview facility reflects the university's commitment to the plastics industry and recognition that plastics will be an area of progress in the years to come.

Our faculty understands that today's students will be charged with finding the correct answers to tomorrow's problems, and this laboratory exposes them to practical ways of doing this in what amounts to a production facility on a college campus.

Our new 7900 square feet plastics processing laboratory features the following processing cells and auxiliary equipment:

  • 5 Injection molding cells ranging from 18-110 tons
  • Sheet extrusion, blown film, and pelletizing lines
  • A spray booth
  • Mold temperature controllers & chillers
  • Resin, drying, conveying, grinding, blending and fines seperation
  • Portable part conveyors, and
  • A complete installation of Moldflow software (including flow and cooling analysis packages)
The plastics laboratory equipment at WMU is available on a contract basis.

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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