On Wednesday 31st January the Pentagon Plastics Group (inc. Pentagon Plastics & Phoenix Engineering) opened their doors to final year design engineering and product design students from the London South Bank University.
This is the second consecutive year that the Pentagon Plastics Group has hosted this event, however with an enhanced input this year as Pentagon Plastics also helped to write the two coursework briefs for the plastic injection moulding module.
Planning coursework structure
In late 2017, course-tutor Barney Townsend approached Paul Edwards, MD of the Pentagon Group and Gabby Day, Communications Manager to see if they would consider assisting with structuring the student’s coursework to bring the project to life. This tied in nicely with a trip to their manufacturing facility as the briefs were handed out to the students on the coach to Horsham.
The visit kicked off the new module and enabled those attending to get the most out of their time on site. The Pentagon Group has long been an avid supporter of bringing learning into the workplace and were more than happy to assist the university.
Presentation and speaking with staff
Paul’s presentation was focused on product and tool design, highlighting key points of note that would be relevant to the success of a product and raising awareness to design features that can make the difference between a product that can be manufactured via injection moulding and one that can’t, while drawing on considerations to cost.
As in previous visits, the students were then guided around the factory, able to speak with members of staff on their various areas of expertise to deepen their understanding of both the injection moulding and toolmaking process.
Once again, the Pentagon Plastics group will be sponsoring a student award based on the best Design for Manufacture project which will be delivered at the end of year Degree Show. Read more about our involvement in 2017 here.
Gabby Day, Communications Manager at the Pentagon Plastics Group says, “It fills us with immense pride in our workforce that they take the time and interest to share knowledge with the students.
Realising how valuable these visits to the workplace are for students, many of whom have not stepped outside of the classroom, we are keen to carry on this initiative where we can add value to those in education.”