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MARCH SimTech Challenge Winners Posted.

Results of the MARCH SimTech™ 2022 Injection Molding Challenge 

First Place Goes to Andrea Bricola of Draexlmaier Automotive of America and, First Place goes to Draexlmaier Automotive of America for the new company spotlight category.

MARCH 2022 SimTech™ Challenge Wrap Up

Congratulations Andrea Bricola and Congratulations Draexlmaier Automotive of America!

MARCH 2022 SimTech™ Challenge Wrap Up

While it’s April Fool’s today, it’s no joke that Draexlmaier Automotive of America cleaned up in March with first place wins for both the individual and company molder categories. And no surprise here that Alexandru, our 2021 overall Champ, was close behind with Ryan Lane from Millar Industries coming in at Third place. Admittedly, we took it a little easier on you for the March Challenge with a medium difficulty rating. Either way, congratulations to our winners and well done for all who participated.

As we mentioned, new this year, we’re featuring winning companies as well. These are companies who have three or more employees participating, and for the March challenge, the top three winning companies include:

  • First Place: Draexlmaier Automotive of America, with a companywide average score of 125.97
  • Second Place: Preformed Line Products, with a companywide average score of 124.59
  • Third Place: Monoflo International, with a companywide average score of  123.96

Congratulations to our individual winners and company winners and to all who participated. Check out the winning scores and this month’s featured set-up

Individual Winners

  • 1st place –Andrea Bricola, Draexlmaier Automotive of America – Score: 126.15
  • 2nd  place – Alexandru Crai, OMS Besser Group – Score: 126.12
  • 3rd place – Ryan Lane, Millar Industries –  Score: 126.11


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

The March challenge started with several problems. The part was oversized, had burn marks and flash. When analyzing where to begin solving this challenge, both burn marks and flash needed to be corrected before addressing the size issue. This is because both burning and flash have a high probability of creating tool damage and must be addressed as a priority. Although the top 3 molders had different approaches as to how they solved this challenge, all of their setups were acceptable and effective.  Understanding processing from the “plastic’s point of view” allows for different solutions because there are different ways to effect the four plastic variables using different machine controls.

Featured Set-up: Andrea Bricola of Draexlmaier Automotive of America


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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