October 9-11, 2018 Kentucky International Convention Center
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October 9-11, 2018 Kentucky International Convention Center

Educational Symposium

Introduction to Rubber Technology for Non-Technologists
October 9; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you are new to the industry, working in Engineering, Sales, Administration, Human Resources or any other non-technical area, and you’d like a very basic, easy to understand introduction to the jargon of the trade and what goes on in the factory and lab, then this one-day course is perfect for you. You won’t come out a rubber expert, but you will understand all the basics of the technology and the language of the business.
 
The course material will cover:
 • What polymers are, how rubber is different from plastic
 • How recipes for rubber compounds are created and why
 • What’s involved in mixing, processing and vulcanizing rubber
 • Testing, specifying and quality control of rubber products
 
CEUs:  0.7
Instructor: RJ Del Vecchio, Consultant
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$600 Member
$750 Non-member
$75 Student/Emeritus

Essentials of Rubber Technology
October 9; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The training is designed for those individuals who are seeking an increased degree of knowledge related to the science behind the design and creation of rubber parts.  The course is designed to give practical assistance in answering day-to-day questions related to shop floor issues and customer questions.  By applying the principles outlined in this training, the participant should expect to be able to improve the quality of their rubber fabrications.
Couse content includes:
What is rubber
Why do engineers use it
Differences between rubber and plastic
Types of rubber; how are they different
How to select the type of rubber for the application
How rubber compounds are formulated basic overview of constituents
How rubber compounds are mixed; overview of mixers and mixing methods
Rubber curing and its relationship to properties
How to test rubber
Rubber bonding
Rubber molding
Improving rubber part quality
 
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
CEUs: 0.4
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$250 Member
$395 Non-member
$50 Student/Emeritus

Silicone Rubber Chemistry and Technology
October 9; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The focus of this training session it to provide the attendee an increased level of insight into the silicone rubber family of polymers.  The course will take the participant through the process of making silicone polymer, selecting the polymer architecture, cure systems, formulating and fabrication.  
Course content includes:
How silicones are made
What makes silicone a specialty polymer; when to use it over other polymers
The influence of polymerization on suitability of manufacturing process
Essential differences between high consistency (millable), RTV and liquid silicone rubber
Influence of filler types
Cure systems
Mixing/manufacturing compounds
Fabrication technologies; how to set up the process
Adhesion
Troubleshooting guide
 
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
CEUs: 0.4
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1) 
$250 Member
$395 Non-member
$50 Student/Emeritus

Introduction to Rubber Bonding
October 10; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If your operations include or will include the bonding of rubber compounds to solid substrates (metals, plastics, etc.) and you want to learn about the chemistry, mechanics, and overall methods for achieving and evaluating such bonds, this course will expose you to all those subjects and more.  You will progress through learning the theories of bonding to detailed discussions of actual factory practices for consistent, durable bonds.

*        The history and evolution of rubber bonding
*        Test methods for rubber bonds and their meaning
*        How various bond chemistries work and interact with vulcanization chemistry 
*        Examples of bonding studies
*        Specialized new bonding technologies
*        Basic troubleshooting the bonding process

CEUs: 0.7
Instructor: RJ Del Vecchio, Consultant 
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$600 Member
$750 Non-member
$75 Student/Emeritus


Compound Mixing and Consistency
October 10; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course is designed to provide the attendee an in depth understanding of the influence of the mixing process and the characteristics of the mixed compound.  The focus of the training will be on reducing the batch to batch variation commonly associated with batch mixed rubber compounds.   The use the Association of Rubber Products Manufactures Compound Consistency Guideline will be used to walk each aspect of rubber compound manufacture.
Course content includes:
Raw material specifications
Storage of raw materials
Error proofing
Weigh-up controls
Batch sizing
Integrated power mixing
In process mixer data and analysis
Two roll mill controls
Compound properties vs. the mix fingerprint
Testing the compound
 
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
CEUs: 0.4
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$250 Member
$395 Non-member
$50 Student/Emeritus

Establishing a Rubber Molding Process
October 10; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This program is designed to show how to establish a rubber molding process based on cross link density.  The course is designed to show the influence of cross link density on mechanical properties as well as its influence on de-molding.  The overall focus is the design of a rubber molding process that yields the most consistent properties.
Course content includes:
Selection of the correct polymer characteristics to match the molding process
Understanding curing of rubber
How to measure cure state
Relationship between cure state and physio-mechanical properties
Role of mold temperature and it variation reduction
Heat transfer models in predicting cure time
Insert molding
Selecting mold release
Post mold curing
Verification of the molding process
 
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
CEUs: 0.4
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$250 Member
$395 Non-member
$50 Student/Emeritus

Silicone Basics
October 11; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course will cover the following topics: 
• Silicone Characteristics and Benefits 
• Different Types (I would focus on primarily VMQ, not fluro or phenyl) 
• How it is made
• Why it is different than other materials 
• Curing 
• Silica Powders 
• Additives for different properties and applications 
• HCR Processing 
• LSR Differences – properties and processing 
• Q&A 

CEUs: 0.4
Instructor: Todd Kamyszek, Silmix 
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$250 Member
$395 Non-member
$50 Student/Emeritus


Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters
October 11; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This presentation covers many topics dealing with Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters (the things that affect rubber mixing).  It starts off with a brief history of mixing equipment, goes into what an internal mixer is and some of its different options, covers the different types of rotors and how they differ, then spends a great deal of time looking into the influence of various mechanical and non-mechanical parameters and the effects they have on rubber mixing, production uniformity, wear and damage, the mixing process and finishes with actual examples of problems encountered in the field, what caused them and how they were resolved.  
 
CEUs:  0.7
Instructor: Richard J. Jorkasky II, Consultant
Cost: (prices increase $100 on 9/1)
$600 Member
$750 Non-member
$75 Student/Emeritus