October 8-10, 2019 Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Brought to you by: Rubber Division | American Chemical Society
MENU
October 8-10, 2019 Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Educational Symposium

Educational Symposium - Sponsored by LORD

 
Essentials of Rubber Technology
October 8, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber products. The course will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to working, buying or selling this complicated material.  
 
Course Content:
What is rubber and its history
Basic polymer chemistry and how to use it
Why do engineers use it
Differences between rubber and plastic
Types of rubber
How to select the type of rubber for the application
How rubber compounds are formulated
How rubber compounds are mixed
Rubber curing and its relationship to properties
How to test rubber
Rubber bonding
Rubber molding
Improving rubber part quality
How to write and interpret a rubber specification
 
Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber
Contrast the difference between thermoset rubber and thermoplastics
Choose the correct rubber system for specific applications
Discuss the most common testing methods used to classify rubber characteristics
Describe and contrast the characteristics between different fabrication methods
Recognize the importance of cross-link density relative to rubber characteristics
Apply the principles presented to create specifications and improve the quality of rubber articles 
 
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
 
Cost:
$249 Member/ $349 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)

Basic Rubber Compounding
October 8, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This course is an overview of rubber compounding and testing. Compounding subjects include elastomers, fillers/reinforcement, plasticizers/process aids, antidegradants and cure systems. Testing laboratory subjects will include process testing, physical properties testing, dynamic properties testing and aging. Processing subjects will be in mixing, milling, molding, extrusion and calendering.
 
Instructors: Bonnie Stuck, Nicki Hershberger, Kylie Knipp and Paul Pavka of Akron Rubber Development Laboratory 
 
Cost: 
$449 Member/ $549 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)

Silicone Rubber Chemistry and Technology
October 8, 2019; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The focus of this training session is 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:
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
 
Cost:
$249 Member/ $349 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)

Compound Mixing and Consistency
October 9, 2019; 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 Manufacturers Compound Consistency Guideline will be used to walk each aspect of rubber compound manufacture.
 
Course Content:
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
 
Cost:
$249 Member/ $349 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)

Compounding Fluoroelastomers
October 9, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fluoroelastomers are a class of synthetic elastomers that exhibit exceptional heat and fluids resistance when compared to other ‘hydrocarbon’ elastomers. Fluoroelastomers are used where other elastomers will not work. This course will give the participant a good understanding of fluoroelastomers, properties and usage.
 
Course Content:
What are fluoroelastomers
How do fluoroelastomers differ from the other elastomers
The different types of fluoroelastomers
Compounding ingredients used in fluoroelastomers
Properties of fluoroelastomers, both processing and physical properties
Molding of fluoroelastomers
Troubleshooting
Applications
 
Instructor: William Stahl, Rainbow Master Mixing LLC
 
Cost:
$249 Member/ $349 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)

Establishing a Rubber Molding Process
October 9, 2019 from 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, as well as the influence of cross link density on mechanical properties and its influence on de-molding. The overall focus is the design of a rubber molding process that yields the most consistent properties.
 
Course Content:
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 its 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
 
Cost:
$249 Member/ $349 Non-member ($100 increase after August 31st)
$25 Student Member & Emeritus ($40 after August 31st)