Plastics & Composites

February 2021

Raw Materials for Plastic Films: Selection & Basic Properties
Date: 01 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow webinar discusses about various polymers and their properties used for producing plastics film. The webinar content includes: Monomers, Homopolymers and Copolymers; Polymerization Techniques; Molecular Weight and Molecular Weight Distribution; Melting Characteristics; Chain Branching; Viscosity versus Deformation Rate; Melt Flow; Molecular Orientation; Bubble Shape in Blown Film; Discussion on polymers: PE, PP, EVA, EVOH, PA, Nylon, COC, PVC; PVdC etc; Barrier Properties versus Sustainability; Biodegradable Polymers; Additives and Migration; Effect of Erucamide Concentration on COF of LDPE Film; Effect of Slip/Antiblock Concentration on LDPE Film
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Raw Material Conveying and Blending Technology for Film Extrusion
Date: 01 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar discusses about principles and technologies involved with polymer and additives transport and blending in film extrusion process. The webinar content includes: Venturi Conveying Effect; Fluff and Angle Hair; Streamers or Snake Skin; Feeder / Blender Systems; Volumetric Blenders; Gravimetric Blenders and configurations; Hopper Magnets; Crammer Systems; Trim / Flake Reprocessing; Trim Granulators; Trim Densifyer; and Drying Polymers for Extrusion
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Thermal Stabilizers for PVC Processing
Date: 02 February 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Edward Krainer
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: In order to process PVC, it is crucial to control its degradation by heat, shear and oxidation. This webinar will provide an overview of the different thermal stabilizer systems that can be used for overcoming degradation and thus avoiding the discoloration and loss of physical properties associated with it. Stabilizers and co-stabilizers based on organotins, mixed metals (such as barium and zinc), calcium, phosphites, and diketones, along with the more recent heavy-metal free formulations will be examined. The webinar is geared toward technical personnel dealing with PVC processing and/or PVC testing, researchers trying to optimize existing stabilizer systems or develop new ones, as well as formulators, managers and anybody with a need to gain an understanding of PVC thermal degradation and stabilization.
Speaker: Dr. Edward Krainer holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Uruguay. He has invented several new heavy-metal-free organic thermal stabilizers for PVC and he led the teams that introduced these products to the market. He is also the co-author of several patents that deal with PVC stabilizers and additives. Dr. Krainer has been working as a Technical Consultant in research for the plastics industry since 2015. He has written numerous publications in scientific journals. He was a R&D Chemist and a Development Chemist at Chemtura Corp. (now Lanxess Corp.) for 12 years until 2009. Between 2009 and 2014, he taught organic chemistry at New York University and at Southern Connecticut State University.

Film Extruder Components and Setup Principles
Date: 05 February 2021 (Friday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar discusses about film extruder components and principles of each zone in the extruder. The webinar content includes: Motors and Drives; Gear Reducers (Gearboxes) and Thrust Bearings; Feed Throat; Screws; Screw Parameters & Performance; Solids Conveying in the Feed Zone; Effect of Friction in Feed Zone; Effect of Temperature in Grooved Feed Zone; Effect of Temperature in Smooth Bore Feed Zone; Melting and Conveying in the Transition Zone; Effect of Friction and Conduction on Melting Rate; Melting Progression in the Transition Zone; Melt Flow in the Metering Zone; Types of Flow in the Metering Zone; Drag Flow; Pressure Flow; Effect of Drag and Pressure Flow on Velocity Profile; Leakage Flow; Net Melt Conveying Flow (Total Flow) in the Metering Zone; Smooth Bore Feed Throat Characteristics; Barrier Flighted versus Shear Mixing Screw Designs; Comparison of Conventional versus Barrier Screw; Generic Extruder Temperature Profiles; Gradual Rising Extruder Temperature Profile; Reverse Barrel Temperature Profile; Humped Barrel Temperature Profile; Flat Barrel Temperature Profile; Heating and Cooling Systems; Air Cooled Barrel Systems; Mica or Ceramic Heater; Finned Aluminum Heaters; Infrared Heaters; Liquid Cooled Barrel Systems; Barrel Exit Components; Rupture Disk; Breaker Plate and Screens; Common Misconceptions; Screens for High Pressure Applications; Non-Continuous Screen Changers; Melt Pressure Cycle; Continuous Screen Changers; Belted Screen Continuous Screen Changers; Rotary Semi-Continuous Screen Changers; Diverter Semi-Continuous Screen Changers; Mixing Devices; Gear Pumps; Static Mixers
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Film Extruder Die Components and Setup Principles
Date: 05 February 2021 (Friday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Premium Member: FREE
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar discusses all about film extruder die, its principles and setup. The webinar contents include: Cast Film Die Design; Clamshelling; Single Manifold Cast Film Dies; Deckles for Film Width Control of Cast Film Dies; Blown Film Die Design; Spiral Mandrel Distribution System; Function of Spiral Channels; Design Options to Minimize Flow Variation; Effect of Number and Angle of Spirals on Flow Variation; Port Splitting Distributors; Die Lip Configurations; Effect of Viscosity on TD Gauge Variation at Die Lips; Die Bolt Adjustments for Blown Film Dies; Die Bolt Adjustment Procedure for Blown Film Dies; Coextrusion Cast Film Systems; Layer Multiplier Feed Blocks; Insert Feed Plugs and Adjustable Vanes; Multiple Manifold Cast Coextrusion Cast Film Dies; Coextrusion Blown Film Systems; Concentric Mandrel Blown Film Dies; Concentric Mandrel Coextrusion Die Design Limitations; Stacked (Modular) Spiral Blown Film Die Designs; Limitations of Stacked Die Designs; Stacked Nano Layer Blown Film Die Designs; Film Appearance Defects; Melt Fracture; Interfacial Instability; Zig Zag Pattern Interfacial Instability; Long Wave Pattern Interfacial Instability; Migration and Viscous Encapsulation; Test to Distinguish Melt Fracture from Interfacial Instability; Optical Properties; Hazy Film; Low Gloss (Dull Surface) – High External Haze; Surface Contamination; Gels; Unmelt Gels; Bubbles or Hollow Gels; Cross-linked Gels; Black Specs; Color Agglomerates; Die Lines; Purging Techniques; Preventative Maintenance Purging; Controlled Shutdown Technique; Start-Up Procedure; Process Interruption Purging; Stable Scouring; Chemical Purge Compounds; Mechanical Purge Compounds; Cyclical Scouring (Disco Purge Technique); Disassembly and Cleaning
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Film/Sheet Cooling and Stabilization Principles
Date: 08 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Gauge Variation Randomization in Film Extrusion
Date: 08 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Post Film Extrusion Processes
Date: 12 February 2021 (Friday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Quality Control Measurements in Film Extrusion
Date: 12 February 2021 (Friday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 22 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 9.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This one-hour program provides a broad overview of plastic materials and methods for producing plastic products. It will begin with a focus on the materials used in the plastics industry along with their characteristics. Then, the emphasis will be on the various processing methods used to produce plastic products, such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The primary purpose of this program is to familiarize attendees with the many uses of plastics, including an introductory understanding of the technical aspects of plastics processing. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with plastics or plastic products. 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.

Plastics Extrusion Principles
Date: 22 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 11.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of plastics extrusion principles and practices. It will begin with a focus on the operating principles of both single and twin screw extruders and conclude with an overview of various applications for which extruders are used, such as the production of pelletized compounds, films, profiles, and coated wire. The primary purpose of this program is to familiarize attendees with the many uses of extruders, including an introductory understanding of the technical aspects of extrusion. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products. 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
Date: 22 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 2.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1500 US$
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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.

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 22 February 2021 (Monday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad, practical overview of polymer rheology, the study of flow in polymer melts. An emphasis will be placed on the understanding of rheology as it applies to plastics processing, such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The course will begin with an overview of polymers and proceed through an understanding of how polymers behave in flow, finishing with a description of flow property measurements. 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.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 23 February 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 9.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax):1500 US$
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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.

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 23 February 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 11.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 pax): 1500 US$
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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.

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 23 February 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 pax): 1500 US$
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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.

Impact of Additives & Fillers on Polymer Rheology
Date: 23 February 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1000 US$
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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.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 24 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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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.

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (SSNMR): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 24 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 11.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to introduce the industrial scientist to the spectroscopic technique of Solid-State NMR (SSNMR) and how it can be applied to polymer and material characterization and product development. Experimental considerations will be discussed along with how structural and molecular dynamic information obtained by SSNMR can be used to develop Structure/Property relationships. The presentation contents include: Basic Concepts of NMR and SSNMR, Experimental Considerations, Molecular Dynamics and Morphology, Case Studies of SSNMR used in Problem Solving and Product Development
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.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 24 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist understand how Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) can be a powerful tool for characterizing polymeric materials and polymer composits from a physical property and problem solving perspective. Discussions about important experimental considerations will be presented. In addition, discussions about viscoelasticity, the nature of transitions observed by DMA, and the influence of thermal history will be discussed. The presentation contents include: Fundamentals of DMA Instrumentation, Experimental Considerations, Understanding Viscoelasticity, 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.

Applications of FTIR in Polymer Process Development
Date: 24 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Malaysia) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Parker
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1500 US$
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Description: FTIR spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying the effects of polymer formulation and process factors on surface chemistry, component compatibility, and morphology; all of which relate to end-use performance characteristics like adhesion and mechanical properties. Of the many techniques available, surface attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy (SATR-FTIR) is arguably one of the most versatile FTIR methods, enabling the study of neat liquids, solutions, dispersions, solid films, solid powders, adhesives, adherends, and countless other multi-component systems. Aside from being fast, SATR can be applied in problem-solving situations pertaining to cure reactions (liquid and dispersion states), surface compositions & adhesion, process history & surface heterogeneity (e.g., extruded films), material structure, and product/process control. This seminar, although focused on SATR, will be the first in a series pertaining to applications of spectroscopic methods in product and process development. Those attending can expect to learn how SATR-FTIR can be applied to their own real-world product development & problem-solving situations. The webinar presentation includes: • Overview of FTIR spectroscopy & methods; • Description of the SATR technique; • Example Applications - Adhesion, Surface migration, Extruded film heterogeneity, Polymerization reactions, Material structure & composition
Speaker: Anthony Parker, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and founder of A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC. Dr. Parker has 35 years of industrial experience in research, development, and management. He has been involved in multiple start-up businesses ranging from medical devices and musical instrument strings to packaging adhesives, pharmaceutical delivery systems, and cosmetics. His interests and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, bio-based materials and adhesives, mechanical properties of polymers, structure-property-process relationships in polymers, thermal analytical methods, spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR), UV curable coatings, and musical strings/ instruments. Dr. Parker has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications, including 30+ journal articles and technical reviews as well as 40+ patents with several patents pending.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers
Date: 25 February 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 9.00 am (Malaysia) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 pax): 1500 US$
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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.

Functionality of Single-Screw Extrusion & Screw Selection
Date: 25 February 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 11.00 am (Malaysia) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 pax): 1000 US$
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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.

March 2021

Plastic Film Manufacturing – Strategies for Profitability
Date: 09 March 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Rheology & Quality of Plastics Films
Date: 09 March 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Blown/Cast Film Extrusion: Control & Troubleshooting
Date: 10 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Troubleshooting Visual Defects in Film and Sheet
Date: 10 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Troubleshooting of Cooling and Stability in Plastics Film Extrusion
Date: 11 March 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Post Film Extrusion Troubleshooting
Date: 11 March 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Paul Waller
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description:
Speaker: Paul Waller has been a renowned author and expert in film extrusion for more than 40 years. His clients include raw material suppliers, processors, end users, educational institutions and industry associations on 5 continents. Mr. Waller obtained his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Mr. Waller started his career at Dow Chemical’s polyethylene technical services group before moving to Esso Chemical’s Vinyl division. Mr. Waller designed and presented the Film Technology program for the Canadian Plastics Training Centre in Toronto and SENAI in Brazil. He was co-chair of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council, which established occupational standards for film operators and was chair of the Flexible Packaging division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has provided intensive in-house training to more than 1,200 operators, technicians and engineers on five continents in the last 17 years.

Data Driven Cycle Development in Plastics Injection Molding
Date: 31 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 11.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Tim Weston
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Whether you are new to Injection Molding or have years of experience this webinar is the cornerstone to building molding cycles designed to optimize product quality and maximize profit. In this webinar, we will first define the variables associated with the Injection Molding process. We will then discuss, in detail, how to use decoupled molding to control these molding cycle variables and use them to construct a data driven cycle that will reduce process variation, reduce cycle time, and improve profitability. All problem solving and process optimization is built on this data driven cycle development methodology. The webinar content includes: 1. Would two molders with different amount of experience build the same cycle?; 2. Would two molders in different locations build the same cycle?; 3. Would this data driven approach to cycle development help us communicate quality problems to our customers?; 4. Will this approach to cycle development settle arguments on the best way to build a molding cycle?; 5. How do I get the step-by-step details on building a robust molding cycle?
Speaker: Tim Weston is Professor Emeritus of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Penn State affiliate. He is the recipient of the 2006 Society of Plastics Engineers Fred E. Schwab International Education Award. Prior to founding the Plastics program at Penn College, Tim led the Process Engineering group and Materials Testing Labs for West Pharmaceuticals Plastics Division. Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Lock Haven University and earned a Master of Science in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Tim also founded the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center (PIRC) at Penn College and served as the Principal Investigator for the NSF Plastics Resources for Educators Program (PREP). In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Penn College, Tim served as Department Chair for over 30 years and has taught hundreds of industry seminars and workshops.

April 2021

Troubleshooting of Plastics Injection Molding: Part Defects
Date: 14 April 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Tim Weston
Language: English
Registration Fee: Member: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Shorts, Flash, Burns, Voids, Sinks, Warp, Weld Lines, Splay, Jetting, Flow Marks, Reduction in Mechanical Properties, and Residual Internal Stress. These common molding attribute problems and others will be the focus of this webinar. We will look at the root cause for each of these attribute issues and discuss how to address the root cause as a way of controlling the defect. This webinar will not only address the symptom but will look at the science behind the cure. To get the most out of this webinar attendees should have completed the webinar “Data Driven Cycle Development in Plastics Injection Molding” or have a mastery of decoupled molding theory. This webinar includes: 1. We have problems with voids or trapped air. How do we tell which defect we are dealing with?; 2. We routinely have random flow marks on our parts. What causes these flow marks?; 3. Our parts warp but not a consistent amount. What is happening and how do we control the warp?; 4. We have shorts (no fills) in the corner of our parts that pressure cannot pack out. Why?; 5. There are cosmetically unacceptable weld lines in our parts. How can we eliminate them?
Speaker: Tim Weston is Professor Emeritus of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Penn State affiliate. He is the recipient of the 2006 Society of Plastics Engineers Fred E. Schwab International Education Award. Prior to founding the Plastics program at Penn College, Tim led the Process Engineering group and Materials Testing Labs for West Pharmaceuticals Plastics Division. Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Lock Haven University and earned a Master of Science in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Tim also founded the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center (PIRC) at Penn College and served as the Principal Investigator for the NSF Plastics Resources for Educators Program (PREP). In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Penn College, Tim served as Department Chair for over 30 years and has taught hundreds of industry seminars and workshops.

Optimizing Part Dimensions in Plastics Injection Molding
Date: 14 April 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Tim Weston
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: The biggest day to day issue facing most molders is “Can I mold parts that fit my customer’s specifications and tolerances”. The plan for how to make the Injection Molding process more capable of meeting these specifications and tolerances will be divided into two parts. The webinar will begin with a discussion of how we can quantify our dimensional quality target. We will then proceed to details of how to control and adjust the process to make it more consistently hit the bull’s eye on that target. To get the most out of this webinar attendees should have completed the webinar “Data Driven Cycle Development in Plastics Injection Molding” or have a mastery of decoupled molding theory. This webinar includes: 1. Is there a way to reduce the amount of product we lose because of out of spec dimensional issues?; 2. Is there a way to measure how well are molding today compared to how we molded last year?; 3. We recently purchased a new molding machine. How will we know if it improved the quality of the parts we mold?; 4. The parts we mold always run on the high side of our customer’s tolerances. Are there any adjustments we can make to the molding process before we make steel adjustments?; 5. How can we overcome process variations like lot-to-lot material variability?
Speaker: Tim Weston is Professor Emeritus of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Penn State affiliate. He is the recipient of the 2006 Society of Plastics Engineers Fred E. Schwab International Education Award. Prior to founding the Plastics program at Penn College, Tim led the Process Engineering group and Materials Testing Labs for West Pharmaceuticals Plastics Division. Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Lock Haven University and earned a Master of Science in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Tim also founded the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center (PIRC) at Penn College and served as the Principal Investigator for the NSF Plastics Resources for Educators Program (PREP). In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Penn College, Tim served as Department Chair for over 30 years and has taught hundreds of industry seminars and workshops.