Plastics & Composites

Viscoelastic Properties of Polymer Materials and their Measurements
Speaker: Kartik Srinivas
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group: 1000 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 90 Min.
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Description: This webinar on Viscoelastic Properties of Polymer Materials and Their Measurements provides an introduction to solid polymer materials and their time, frequency and temperature dependent properties. These properties play an important in the long term durability of polymer components. The webinar provides a review of the basic theory, how the materials are experimentally characterized, and how to analyze and predict their behavior under different service conditions.
Speaker: Mr. Kartik Srinivas is a consulting mechanical engineer with extensive background and experience in product engineering using simulation technologies and mechanical and materials testing. He started his career as a consulting Mechanical/FEA Engineer at Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Akron, Ohio, USA. In a career of over a decade and half in USA and at Advanced Scientific and Engineering Services (AdvanSES) India, Kartik has advised and assisted companies solve engineering problems related to materials and product design. Kartik provides material and design development, material testing, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) solutions to a broad range of industries and is well versed with material and product testing as per ASTM and ISO standards. In his professional career he has worked with industry leading OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers providing product R&D, material development and testing, design optimization, reverse engineering and manufacturing services. Kartik Srinivas has 7 technical papers to his credit and has been the chair of the session on automotive composites at the SAE World Congress from 2006 through 2011. Kartik Srinivas has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Functionality of Single-Screw Extrusion & Screw Selection
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group: 1000 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 90 Min.
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Description: This webinar will discuss about the dynamic functional characteristics of single-screws used in polymer extrusion processes. Understanding these characteristics will enable us (1) to have more appropriate considerations in designing and selecting screws, and (2) to appreciate the functional limitations of a specific design. This webinar will also include discussions on screws of different configurations for different purposes.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong obtained his B.Tech (Hons) and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford, U.K.. Prior to taking up his academic duties at The University of Hong Kong, he was with BASF and Exxon Chemical as the technical support to their sales team of their plastics department for the Asia Pacific region. In his 20 years of employment at The University of Hong Kong, he taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was also actively engaged in carrying out research work in plastics technology. Main areas of his research focuses include extrusion technology, polymer rheology, powder technology, and environmental engineering. In 2003, he joined NHH Co. Ltd. (a color compounder listed in Hong Kong) as its Vice Chairman and Director, responsible for the company’s technology and market development. He left NHH in April 2019 and is now the Asia Pacific market coordinator for Badger Color Concentrates, Inc., a US based color compounder.

Impact of Additives & Fillers on Polymer Rheology
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Premium Member: FREE
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 90 Min.
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Description: The importance of rheological properties of polymers is well recognized by engineers and scientists in the polymer processing industry. Issues such as whether or not a plastic product would have the expected designed performance, or whether or not a manufacturing process could be optimized etc. are closely related to the overall rheological behaviors of the involved polymetric system. This webinar is designed to discuss how the physical properties of the solid raw materials such as additives, fillers etc. commonly used in the industry could affect the important rheological behaviors (such as die swell and slip velocity) of the polymeric system during extrusion.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong obtained his B.Tech (Hons) and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford, U.K.. Prior to taking up his academic duties at The University of Hong Kong, he was with BASF and Exxon Chemical as the technical support to their sales team of their plastics department for the Asia Pacific region. In his 20 years of employment at The University of Hong Kong, he taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was also actively engaged in carrying out research work in plastics technology. Main areas of his research focuses include extrusion technology, polymer rheology, powder technology, and environmental engineering. In 2003, he joined NHH Co. Ltd. (a color compounder listed in Hong Kong) as its Vice Chairman and Director, responsible for the company’s technology and market development. He left NHH in April 2019 and is now the Asia Pacific market coordinator for Badger Color Concentrates, Inc., a US based color compounder.

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 60 Min.
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Description: This webinar program provides a broad overview of blown film extrusion. The course will cover blown film extrusion hardware and processing principles. There will be a focus on obtaining correct bubble geometry. Polymeric materials used in blown film extrusion will also be emphasized. The course will conclude with a discussion about troubleshooting blown film problems. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with blown film extruders and film products. After the course concludes, there will be a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 60 Min.
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Description: This Knowhow Webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist understand how Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) can be used to characterize polymeric materials from a formulation, processing and problem solving perspective. discussions about important experimental considerations will be presented. in addition, discussions about DSC kinetics, the nature of transitions observed by DSC, and the influence of thermal history will be discussed. the presentation contents include: fundamentals of DSC instrumentation, experimental considerations, kinetic studies using DSC, industrial problem-solving case studies etc.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 60 Min.
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of extruder performance measurements. The course will provide practical methods for measuring parameters on an extruder that characterize current performance and allow benchmarking for process improvement. The methods are easily applied with normal extruder control systems, standard shop tools, and typical computer software. Techniques for analyzing and displaying measured data will be provided. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Registration Fee: Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group:1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 60 Min.
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of proper maintenance of polymer extruders, both single screw and twin screw. Topics to be covered include preventative maintenance procedures, hardware measurements, and start-up/shutdown procedures. The emphasis of the program is on maintaining an extruder for long life and high performance. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products. This includes operators, set-up technicians, process engineers, maintenance mechanics, floor supervisors and plant managers of plastics extrusion processes. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Polymer Characterization
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~ 60 Min.
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Description: This webinar program provides a broad overview of polymer characterization, the equipment and methodologies used to measure various polymer properties. Polymers emphasized in this course are those typically used in plastics manufacturing processes such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The course will begin with an overview of polymers and their properties. This will be followed by detail on property types and their measurement techniques, including mechanical, physical, chemical, thermal, and electrical. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with polymers, particularly with plastics processing. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
Language: English
Time Length: ~90 Min
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Description: This webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist characterize polymeric materials using a variety of Thermal Analytical (TA) techniques like Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Mechanical Analysis (TMA) Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA). Discussions about important experimental considerations for each technique will be presented. In addition, discussions about choosing the correct technique to solve a specific product development or processing problem will be presented via specific TA examples. We will also discuss thermal transitions for amorphous and crystalline polymers and how thermal history influence interpretation of TA data. The presentation agenda is as below: # Thermal Analysis Instrumentation # Experimental Considerations # Thinking Beyond Standard Analysis # Industrial Problem-Solving Case Studies
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.