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Simulation Study on Optimization of Injection Molding Process for Thin-shell Plastic Parts via the Taguchi Method and Grey Relational Analysis

M.-T. Chuang and Y.-K. Yang

Abstract

This paper deals with the application computer-aided engineering integrated with statistical techniques to reduce warpage variation due to injection molding process parameters during the production of thin-shell plastic components. For this purpose, Moldflow simulation runs are carried out by utilizing the combination of process parameters based on a three-level L18 orthogonal array table. An optimal parameter combination of the injection molding process is obtained via grey relational analysis (GRA). By analyzing the grey relational grade matrix, the degree of influence for each controllable process factor onto warpage can be found. Additionally, the analysis of variance (ANOVA) is also applied to identify the most significant factor; the melt temperature and the packing pressure are found to be the most significant factors in the simulation process for an injection molding process of thin-shell plastic parts.


2 Mail address: Yung-Kuang Yang, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Minghsin University of Science and Technology, 1 Hsin Hsing Road, Hsin Feng, 304 Hsinchu, Taiwan E-mail:

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Received: 2008-05-14
Accepted: 2008-11-01
Published Online: 2013-03-01
Published in Print: 2009-03-01

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