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 have hosted this event, however with an enhanced input this year as Pentagon also helped to write the two course work briefs for the plastic injection moulding module.
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 course work to bring the project to life. This tied in nicely with the 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 have long been avid supporters of bringing learning in to the work place and were more than happy to assist the university.
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 consideration 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 on 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.
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 work place 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.’’