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Produce composites using resin infusion
|Unit Descriptor||This competency covers the operation of resin infusion equipment to make composite products and the solving of problems.|
|1 . Plan own work requirements.||
|2 . Start resin infusion moulding process to procedures.||
|3 . Operate and make adjustments to the resin infusion process to procedures.||
|4 . Shut down machine to procedures.||
|5 . Anticipate and solve problems.||
|Key Competency||Examples of Application||Performance|
|How can information be collected, analysed and organised?|
|How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?|
|How are activities planned and organised?|
|How are problem solving skills applied?|
|How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?|
|How is use of technology applied?|
|How is team work used within this competency?|
This competency applies to manufacture of composite products using resin infusion equipment within the plastics and rubber industries.
It includes all moulds, pumps and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) if fitted and all relevant ancillary equipment integral to the composites forming process.
All operations are performed in accordance with procedures.
Procedures include all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.
Tools and equipment
This competency includes use of equipment and tools such as:
moulds, closures and fittings
vacuum pumps and fittings (such as couplings, hoses, breathers, bleeders)
additional equipment (such as resin bucket, resin line holder, zip-strips)
controller (such as PLC if fitted)
relevant personal protective equipment ( PPE)
hand tools used in the production process (such as clamps to stop resin moving up vacuum hose)
ancillary materials (such as release films and fabrics, sealant tapes, preforms, cores, and pre-pregs)
material loading equipment used for loading of raw materials.
Typical hazards include:
hazardous vapours and materials
fibres, airborne and handled
humidity, air temperatures, radiant heat, hot moulds
stationary and moving machinery, parts and components
manual handling hazards.
'Anticipate and solve problems' means resolve a wide variety of routine and non-routine problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution/ a solution recorded in the procedures.
Typical routine faults may include:
under-saturation of resin
dry reinforcements not sitting flat
leaks in vacuum bag
poor colour dispersion
poor surface finish
vacuum switch-off timing incorrect.
Non-routine faults which may have multiple causes include:
mould release problems
stoppage of resin flow
warping or cracking after moulding
variations in vacuum
variations affecting cure rate.
Typical process and product problems may include:
resin, over or under supplied to mould
release agents performance
temperature variations, affecting resin cure-rate
warped moulds or dies
worn or damaged mould parts or fittings
variations in materials and/or contamination of materials.
Appropriate action for problems outside of area of responsibility may be reporting to an appropriate person.
Appropriate action for solving problems within area of responsibility includes asking questions and seeking assistance from appropriate persons/sources.
Key variables to be monitored include:
cycle time (such as the resin filling time)
surface finish and condition
equipment - adjustments/setup
product integrity and general conformance to specification/sample.
Overview of assessment
A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.
Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge.
Where the assessee does not currently possess evidence of competency in PMBPROD291B Operate resin infusion moulding equipment, it may be co-assessed with this unit.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit. These may include the ability to:
identify critical materials properties and resin infusion process variables in relation to the process requirements and the end product
make adjustments to the process as required
identify and take action on problems and potential problems.
Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see that:
the process runs consistently and smoothly, with the minimum need for human intervention
all safety procedures are always followed.
Assessment method and context
Assessment will occur on an industrial infusion moulding equipment and will be undertaken in a work-like environment.
Competence in this unit may be assessed:
using appropriate, industrial resin infusion equipment requiring demonstration of starting, operating and completing the composite moulding process
in a situation allowing for the generation of evidence of the ability to recognise, anticipate and respond to problems
by using a suitable simulation and/or a range of case studies/scenarios
through a combination of these techniques.
In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment. Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions.
Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy, language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed.
Specific resources for assessment
This section should be read in conjunction with the Range Statement for this unit of competency. Resources required include suitable access to an operating plant or equipment that allows for appropriate and realistic simulation. A bank of case studies/scenarios and questions will also be required to the extent that they form part of the assessment method. Questioning may take place either in the workplace, or in an adjacent, quiet facility such as an office or lunchroom. No other special resources are required.
Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required. Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.