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FEB SimTech Challenge Winners Posted.

Results of the February SimTech™ 2022 Injection Molding Challenge 

First Place Goes to Johnny Ash of Preformed Line Products and, new this year, First Place goes to Preformed Line Products for the company category.

Congratulations Johnny Ash and Congratulations Preformed Line Products!

FEBRUARY 2022 SimTech™ Challenge Wrap Up

We kicked off the 2022 season with a tough molding challenge in February, and Johnny Ash took first place. Nicely done Johnny! Could this be his attempt to win back his former championship title from Alexandru Crai? We’ll have to see. Alexandru, our 2021 overall Champ, was close behind and Ryan Lane from Millar Industries came in third. We’re thrilled to see Ryan in the top three line-up after recently completing a Paulson ProMolder 2 seminar. Way to go Ryan! This was a tough challenge and all who participated should be proud of their efforts. Well done.

Individual Winners

  • 1st place – Johnny Ash, Preformed Line Products  – Score: 118.43
  • 2nd  place – Alexandru Crai, OMS Besser Group – Score: 118.36
  • 3rd place – Ryan Lane, Millar Industries –  Score: 118.34

Company Winners

New this year, we’re featuring winning companies as well. These are companies who have three or more employees participating, and for the February challenge, the top three winning companies included:

  • First Place: Preformed Line Products – Score: 116.45
  • Second Place: Falcon Plastics – Score: 112.68
  • Third Place: Jones Plastics – Score: 111.85


Here’s what our expert challenge developers had to say about this month’s challenge:

This month’s challenge started with a number of problems. The part was undersized, had burn marks, weld lines, sink marks and was warping.  When analyzing where to begin solving this challenge, burn marks should be corrected first. Burning has a high probability of creating tool damage and must be addressed as a priority. Ryan’s setup has some unique features. The melt is being run near the lower heat range. In general, this practice can lead to faster cycle times. An interesting part of Ryan’ setup is the fill rate profile. The fill rate control starts with a relatively slow rate then speeds up through the primary fill and slows down to fill the final 20% of the part. This is certainly an acceptable profile. As a practice at Paulson Training Programs we teach to fill as fast as you can maintaining a consistent good quality part.

Featured Set-up: Ryan Lane of Millar Industries.


To learn more about our monthly SimTech Molding Challenges visit details hereTo see how you or your fellow molders ranked this month, check out the leader board by clicking here and select a month from the drop down menu.

As always, we’ll be announcing the over all 2022 ProMolder Champion after we tally all the scores from the entire year. Start earning scores!

In the meantime, get ready for the next month’s challenge! Take advantage and pre-signup. Don’t miss out. Get on the list to win! Until then, keep on learning!

Having Fun with our Competitions?

Imagine the team of skilled molders you could create if SimTech was in your plant 24-7? Your employees could be improving their molding expertise in a safe, low-cost environment, building critical thinking and troubleshooting skills. And you can stage your own friendly in-house competitions.  It’s proven, molding simulation is the best and most cost-effective way to become a better molder. You don’t want your employees making their mistakes or trying new techniques on the production floor at an actual machine—now that’s a costly way to learn. The simulation of complex processes is quickly becoming the gold standard of skill development. SimTech is the answer for injection molding.

Here’s just a few of the applications you can employ with SimTech:

Hiring Qualified Employees – Before hiring a potential employee, test their knowledge and skills with problem solving exercises in Simtech.

Technician Promotion – Give your candidates for promotion a test before you make that decision.

In-plant Competitions to promote learning and discussion – Have your own competitions amongst your team. Have a discussion on what process settings work and why.

Just hearing about this? Want to join in on all the fun? Sign up and learn more here.

To learn more about SimTech and all the other skill development courses Paulson offers, visit or call 1-800-826-1901; or contact us via email

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