Plastics & Composites

Sub-Category: Film Extrusion | Injection Molding

October 2022

Polymer Characterization
Date: 6 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0026
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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.
Expert: 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.

Film Extruder Die Components and Setup Principles
Date: 6 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0330
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Description: This online training 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
Expert: 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.

Fatigue Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 6 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0395
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Description: Fatigue failure of molded plastic parts is the breakage of the part after repeated application of a load (whether a force load or a displacement load) that induced stresses on the parts. The induced stress at which fatigue failure occurs is significantly lower than the Yield Strength of the material. Plastics are more prone to fatigue failure than metals. Just as with creep failure, fatigue failure only manifests itself after time has passed and it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, scrap, warranty claims, loss of revenue, legal liabilities, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will describe and discuss: • What are fatigue failures, along with some examples. • How to identify fatigue failures. • How did fatigue failures happen? • How to design around fatigue failures.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 7 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0027
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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 Film/Sheet Cooling and Stabilization Principles
Date: 7 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0333
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Moisture Control for Quality Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 7 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0394
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Description: Control of moisture content in the resin is essential for producing quality plastic parts. This is especially so for hygroscopic resins (ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, PET, etc), yet it is an often-overlooked step of the injection molding process. Excess moisture in the resin can show up as splay (or silver streaks) or may manifest itself later as brittle broken parts. The former can be visually caught and rejected, but the latter may make their way into the customer’s hands. And both will hit the bottom line of reduced profits. Moisture control starts with properly drying the resins, but the only real step that matters is the measurement of the moisture content after drying. And this is where many molders are lacking. This KnowHow Webinar will present the defects caused by excessive moisture, the proper steps of drying, cases from industry demonstrating the real missteps of controlling moisture content, and case studies of real defects.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Plastics Extrusion Principles
Date: 10 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0029
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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
Date: 10 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0023
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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.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Gauge Variation Randomization in Plastic Film Extrusion
Date: 10 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0332
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Warpage Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Guidance
Date: 10 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0404
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Description: Warpage of a molded plastic part comes down to uneven shrinkage of the part while it is cooling down to room temperature after ejection. Warpage results in a part that is not of the intended shape, and is one of the most common failures. Understanding the causes for the uneven shrinkage is complicated but it is essential. Those causes are material, design, mould, and processing. Using a jig to hold the shape of the part during cooling, after ejection, is not recommended as it can have disastrous results later. This webinar will discuss the various causes of uneven shrinkage and how to mitigate them. A case study will be presented to demonstrate the use of Conformal Cooling to reduce warpage.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Catalysts & their Influence on Polypropylene Properties
Date: 10 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0448
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Description: • Introduction on Catalyst Principles
• Type of Catalysts
• Current Market Players
• Influence on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0031
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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.
Expert: 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.

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Post Film Extrusion Processes
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0334
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) for Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0415
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Description: DFMA = DFM + DFA, respectively Design for Manufacturing, and Design for Assembly. DFM looks at the cost for manufacturing plastic parts individually. DFA looks at the cost of assembling those parts together to make the finished product. Together DFMA is the philosophy of making the parts and products to be lean from the very beginning. This avoids expensive engineering changes later. It also makes for a lower cost, better reliability, and better-quality product. DFMA pulls in the participation of all the relevant departments (internal and external) at the design stage, where 70 to 80% of a product’s total cost is established. The material to be used, the type of manufacturing process, the assembly processes are all defined at the design stage. Without DFMA bad design decisions may be carried over into the mass production stage where costs and risks to start over are very high. This webinar will examine the application of DFMA philosophy to molded plastic parts – how to produce the molded parts productively, and how plastic parts can incorporate many features that ease assembly into the finished product.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polymerization Process of Polypropylene
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0449
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Description: Webinar Contents
• Key Polymerization Processes
• Comparison of Polymerization Processes
• Effects of Process Variables on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Thermal Stabilizers for PVC Processing
Date: 11 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0320
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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.
Expert: 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.

Quality Control Measurements in Film Extrusion
Date: 12 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0335
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Polypropylene Material Properties and Markets
Date: 12 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0450
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Description: • Different Categories of Polypropylene
• Parameter Review for Product Characteristics
• Markets and Applications of Various PP Categories
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Troubleshooting Visual Defects in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 13 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0336
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Polypropylene Impact Copolymer
Date: 13 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0451
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Description: • Impact Copolymer Design
• Key Parameters for Performance
• Impact/Stiffness Balance
• Stress Whitening
• Transparency/Opacity
• Appearance
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Rheology of Thermosets
Date: 13 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0538
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Description: Thermoset polymers form the matrix in filled plastics and fiber-reinforced composites used in a diversity of products. These range from consumer items and auto body panels to advanced composites for printed circuit boards, aerospace structural components, and expensive, high-performance sports equipment. Rheological measurements have become the most important characterization technique because of their sensitivity to small changes in structure and the ease to monitor these structural changes. For the thermoset polymers, rheology (including dynamic mechanical analysis) provides details of structural changes, the gel point, and also processing parameters such as viscosity as a function of time. The advantage of the rheological technique is that it allows probing of the sample during the reaction with a small oscillatory deformation, which can generate viscoelastic material properties, such as the storage modulus, the loss modulus, and the tan delta all of which are characteristic of the changes of the material’s structure during cure. The KnowHow Webinar will demonstrate the various applications of the rheological characterization technique in the thermosetting polymer to predict its process behavior and how to evaluating its product performance.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Troubleshooting Cooling and Stability in Plastics Film Extrusion
Date: 14 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0337
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Expert: 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.

Additivation of Polypropylene Resins
Date: 14 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0452
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Description: • Needs and Scope of Adding Specific Substances
• Basic Stabilization to Mechanical Performance
• Heat and Light Durability Enhancers
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Advanced Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials
Date: 14 Dec 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0537
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Description: Thermal characterization of materials by using the DSC, TGA, and SDT are important techniques that are used by a wide variety of industries, including polymers, composites, pharmaceuticals, foods, petroleum, inorganic and organic chemicals, and many others. These instruments typically measure heat flow, specific heat capacity, weight loss, as a function of temperature and time. Properties characterized include melting, crystallization, glass transitions, cross-linking, oxidation, decomposition, and volatilization. These experiments allow the user to examine end-use performance, composition, processing, stability, and molecular structure, and mobility of the materials. Advanced thermal characterization techniques such as the Modulated DSC (MDSC), High-resolution TGA (Hi-Res), Modulated TGA, etc. are suitable for high sensitivity R&D as well as that are helpful to understand better the complex material behaviors, which is sometimes quite difficult to measure using the conventional techniques. The KnowHow Webinar will highlight those advanced characterization techniques along with their application examples related to polymeric materials such as plastics, composites, rubber, etc.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 17 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0022
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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.
Expert: 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.

Troubleshooting Roll Geometry in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 17 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0338
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Expert: 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 the Polyolefin Business
Date: 17 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0503
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Description: The Polyolefins (PO) business is a global one, played on a regional scale. POs such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the most common plastics. Resin production has moved from the regions where technologies were originated and still continue to be developed, to regions with low cost, abundant raw materials and regions with high demand, but with higher cost raw materials. The total cost of producing POs consists of variable costs and fixed costs. The single largest item is the monomer cost, ranging from 80 to 85% of the total costs. There are several routes to ethylene and propylene, the PO monomers. All modern PO polymerization technologies are capable of producing competitive grades but each generic technology has strengths and limitations. PO resins are sold to tens of thousands of processors throughout the world. They range from large multinationals with the most modern equipment to very small family operations.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Roto-Moulding MasterClass : Rotational Moulding - Technology & Practice
Date: 18-19 Oct 2022
Time: 9am-5pm CET
Language: English
MasterClass
ID: KH0690
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Description: Module 1 : Introduction to Rotational Moulding
Module 2 : Raw Materials for Rotomoulding
Module 3 : Design of Molds for RotoMoulding
Module 4 : Rotational Molding Machinery Technology
Module 5 : Product Design of RotoMoulded Products
Module 6 : Process Control & Troubleshooting of Rotational Molding Process
Module 7 : Decoration & Graphics of Roto Products
Module 8 : Cost Reduction Opportunities in Rotational Moulding
Module 9 : Process Automation in Rotational Moulding
Module 10 : Advanced Rotational Moulding Technology (Multi-Layer Molding)
Expert: Martin Spencer, a well-experienced rotomolding professional with 35+ years’ experience in the rotomoulding industry. Currently he is Managing director of UniqueRoto Consulting, offering consulting for rotomoulders in design, development, tooling, manufacturing, operations and training.  He was MD of Rototek for 22 years. He was chairman of ARMO (Affiliation of Rotomoulding Organisations) during 2016-2018 (2 years). He was chairman of Rotomoulding group at British Plastics Federation during 2006-2011 (for 5 years)

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 18 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0024
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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.
Expert: 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.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 18 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0028
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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
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Troubleshooting Gauge Variation in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 18 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0339
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 18 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polyolefins Transforming Processes - Introduction
Date: 18 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0504
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Description: There are many processing methods to transform PE and PP resins into finished products. They usually include an initial extrusion step, the main ones are flat and blown film, injection molding, blow molding, and rotomolding. Others are rafia, monofilament, BOPP, pipe and tube and extrusion coating.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Functionality of Single-Screw Extrusion & Screw Selection
Date: 19 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0020
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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.
Expert: 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.

Commercial Polyethylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 19 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0505
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Description: Commercial PE production processes described include the high pressure ones of ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell’s Lupotech, SABIC’s Sabtec, Simon-Carves, Thyssenkrupp Uhde and Versalis. Also included are the Dow Unipol PE and LyondellBasell Spherilene and Hyperzone gas phase processes; the Borealis Borstar, Chevron Phillips Mar TECH, Lyondell/Maruzen and LyondellBasell Hostalen slurry processes; as well as the Dow Dowlex and the Nova AST solution processes.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (SSNMR): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 19 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0030
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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
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 19 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0025
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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.
Expert: 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.

Creep Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 19 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0387
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Description: Creep failure of plastic parts is the permanent deformation of the part in the presence of stress, time, and temperature. Plastics are more prone to creep failure than metals. Because creep failure only manifests itself after time has passed it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, warranty claims, loss of reputation, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will discuss how to identify potential creep failure of plastic parts, and how to design around them.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Impact of Additives & Fillers on Polymer Rheology
Date: 20 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0021
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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.
Expert: 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.

Polymer Characterization
Date: 20 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0026
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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.
Expert: 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.

Fatigue Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 20 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0395
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Description: Fatigue failure of molded plastic parts is the breakage of the part after repeated application of a load (whether a force load or a displacement load) that induced stresses on the parts. The induced stress at which fatigue failure occurs is significantly lower than the Yield Strength of the material. Plastics are more prone to fatigue failure than metals. Just as with creep failure, fatigue failure only manifests itself after time has passed and it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, scrap, warranty claims, loss of revenue, legal liabilities, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will describe and discuss: • What are fatigue failures, along with some examples. • How to identify fatigue failures. • How did fatigue failures happen? • How to design around fatigue failures.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Commercial Polypropylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 20 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
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Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 21 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0027
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Moisture Control for Quality Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 21 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0394
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Description: Control of moisture content in the resin is essential for producing quality plastic parts. This is especially so for hygroscopic resins (ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, PET, etc), yet it is an often-overlooked step of the injection molding process. Excess moisture in the resin can show up as splay (or silver streaks) or may manifest itself later as brittle broken parts. The former can be visually caught and rejected, but the latter may make their way into the customer’s hands. And both will hit the bottom line of reduced profits. Moisture control starts with properly drying the resins, but the only real step that matters is the measurement of the moisture content after drying. And this is where many molders are lacking. This KnowHow Webinar will present the defects caused by excessive moisture, the proper steps of drying, cases from industry demonstrating the real missteps of controlling moisture content, and case studies of real defects.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Plastics Extrusion Principles
Date: 24 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0029
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Warpage Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Guidance
Date: 24 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0404
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Description: Warpage of a molded plastic part comes down to uneven shrinkage of the part while it is cooling down to room temperature after ejection. Warpage results in a part that is not of the intended shape, and is one of the most common failures. Understanding the causes for the uneven shrinkage is complicated but it is essential. Those causes are material, design, mould, and processing. Using a jig to hold the shape of the part during cooling, after ejection, is not recommended as it can have disastrous results later. This webinar will discuss the various causes of uneven shrinkage and how to mitigate them. A case study will be presented to demonstrate the use of Conformal Cooling to reduce warpage.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Catalysts & their Influence on Polypropylene Properties
Date: 24 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0448
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Description: • Introduction on Catalyst Principles
• Type of Catalysts
• Current Market Players
• Influence on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Understanding the Polyolefin Business
Date: 24 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0503
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Description: The Polyolefins (PO) business is a global one, played on a regional scale. POs such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the most common plastics. Resin production has moved from the regions where technologies were originated and still continue to be developed, to regions with low cost, abundant raw materials and regions with high demand, but with higher cost raw materials. The total cost of producing POs consists of variable costs and fixed costs. The single largest item is the monomer cost, ranging from 80 to 85% of the total costs. There are several routes to ethylene and propylene, the PO monomers. All modern PO polymerization technologies are capable of producing competitive grades but each generic technology has strengths and limitations. PO resins are sold to tens of thousands of processors throughout the world. They range from large multinationals with the most modern equipment to very small family operations.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Thermal Stabilizers for PVC Processing
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
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ID: KH0320
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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.
Expert: 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.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0031
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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.
Expert: 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.

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) for Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0415
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Description: DFMA = DFM + DFA, respectively Design for Manufacturing, and Design for Assembly. DFM looks at the cost for manufacturing plastic parts individually. DFA looks at the cost of assembling those parts together to make the finished product. Together DFMA is the philosophy of making the parts and products to be lean from the very beginning. This avoids expensive engineering changes later. It also makes for a lower cost, better reliability, and better-quality product. DFMA pulls in the participation of all the relevant departments (internal and external) at the design stage, where 70 to 80% of a product’s total cost is established. The material to be used, the type of manufacturing process, the assembly processes are all defined at the design stage. Without DFMA bad design decisions may be carried over into the mass production stage where costs and risks to start over are very high. This webinar will examine the application of DFMA philosophy to molded plastic parts – how to produce the molded parts productively, and how plastic parts can incorporate many features that ease assembly into the finished product.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polymerization Process of Polypropylene
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0449
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Description: Webinar Contents
• Key Polymerization Processes
• Comparison of Polymerization Processes
• Effects of Process Variables on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Polyolefins Transforming Processes - Introduction
Date: 25 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
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Description: There are many processing methods to transform PE and PP resins into finished products. They usually include an initial extrusion step, the main ones are flat and blown film, injection molding, blow molding, and rotomolding. Others are rafia, monofilament, BOPP, pipe and tube and extrusion coating.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Commercial Polyethylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 26 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0505
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Description: Commercial PE production processes described include the high pressure ones of ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell’s Lupotech, SABIC’s Sabtec, Simon-Carves, Thyssenkrupp Uhde and Versalis. Also included are the Dow Unipol PE and LyondellBasell Spherilene and Hyperzone gas phase processes; the Borealis Borstar, Chevron Phillips Mar TECH, Lyondell/Maruzen and LyondellBasell Hostalen slurry processes; as well as the Dow Dowlex and the Nova AST solution processes.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Polypropylene Material Properties and Markets
Date: 26 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0450
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Description: • Different Categories of Polypropylene
• Parameter Review for Product Characteristics
• Markets and Applications of Various PP Categories
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Polypropylene Impact Copolymer
Date: 27 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0451
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Description: • Impact Copolymer Design
• Key Parameters for Performance
• Impact/Stiffness Balance
• Stress Whitening
• Transparency/Opacity
• Appearance
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Commercial Polypropylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 27 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0506
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Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Rheology of Thermosets
Date: 27 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0538
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Description: Thermoset polymers form the matrix in filled plastics and fiber-reinforced composites used in a diversity of products. These range from consumer items and auto body panels to advanced composites for printed circuit boards, aerospace structural components, and expensive, high-performance sports equipment. Rheological measurements have become the most important characterization technique because of their sensitivity to small changes in structure and the ease to monitor these structural changes. For the thermoset polymers, rheology (including dynamic mechanical analysis) provides details of structural changes, the gel point, and also processing parameters such as viscosity as a function of time. The advantage of the rheological technique is that it allows probing of the sample during the reaction with a small oscillatory deformation, which can generate viscoelastic material properties, such as the storage modulus, the loss modulus, and the tan delta all of which are characteristic of the changes of the material’s structure during cure. The KnowHow Webinar will demonstrate the various applications of the rheological characterization technique in the thermosetting polymer to predict its process behavior and how to evaluating its product performance.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Additivation of Polypropylene Resins
Date: 28 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
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ID: KH0452
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Description: • Needs and Scope of Adding Specific Substances
• Basic Stabilization to Mechanical Performance
• Heat and Light Durability Enhancers
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Advanced Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials
Date: 28 Oct 2022
Time: 10am EST
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ID: KH0537
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Description: Thermal characterization of materials by using the DSC, TGA, and SDT are important techniques that are used by a wide variety of industries, including polymers, composites, pharmaceuticals, foods, petroleum, inorganic and organic chemicals, and many others. These instruments typically measure heat flow, specific heat capacity, weight loss, as a function of temperature and time. Properties characterized include melting, crystallization, glass transitions, cross-linking, oxidation, decomposition, and volatilization. These experiments allow the user to examine end-use performance, composition, processing, stability, and molecular structure, and mobility of the materials. Advanced thermal characterization techniques such as the Modulated DSC (MDSC), High-resolution TGA (Hi-Res), Modulated TGA, etc. are suitable for high sensitivity R&D as well as that are helpful to understand better the complex material behaviors, which is sometimes quite difficult to measure using the conventional techniques. The KnowHow Webinar will highlight those advanced characterization techniques along with their application examples related to polymeric materials such as plastics, composites, rubber, etc.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 31 Oct 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0022
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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.
Expert: 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.

November 2022

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 1 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 1 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0024
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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.
Expert: 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.

Creep Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 2 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0387
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Description: Creep failure of plastic parts is the permanent deformation of the part in the presence of stress, time, and temperature. Plastics are more prone to creep failure than metals. Because creep failure only manifests itself after time has passed it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, warranty claims, loss of reputation, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will discuss how to identify potential creep failure of plastic parts, and how to design around them.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 2 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0025
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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.
Expert: 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.

Fatigue Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 3 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0395
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Description: Fatigue failure of molded plastic parts is the breakage of the part after repeated application of a load (whether a force load or a displacement load) that induced stresses on the parts. The induced stress at which fatigue failure occurs is significantly lower than the Yield Strength of the material. Plastics are more prone to fatigue failure than metals. Just as with creep failure, fatigue failure only manifests itself after time has passed and it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, scrap, warranty claims, loss of revenue, legal liabilities, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will describe and discuss: • What are fatigue failures, along with some examples. • How to identify fatigue failures. • How did fatigue failures happen? • How to design around fatigue failures.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polymer Characterization
Date: 3 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0026
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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.
Expert: 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.

Moisture Control for Quality Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 4 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0394
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Description: Control of moisture content in the resin is essential for producing quality plastic parts. This is especially so for hygroscopic resins (ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, PET, etc), yet it is an often-overlooked step of the injection molding process. Excess moisture in the resin can show up as splay (or silver streaks) or may manifest itself later as brittle broken parts. The former can be visually caught and rejected, but the latter may make their way into the customer’s hands. And both will hit the bottom line of reduced profits. Moisture control starts with properly drying the resins, but the only real step that matters is the measurement of the moisture content after drying. And this is where many molders are lacking. This KnowHow Webinar will present the defects caused by excessive moisture, the proper steps of drying, cases from industry demonstrating the real missteps of controlling moisture content, and case studies of real defects.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 4 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0027
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Catalysts & their Influence on Polypropylene Properties
Date: 7 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0448
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Description: • Introduction on Catalyst Principles
• Type of Catalysts
• Current Market Players
• Influence on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 7 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0022
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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.
Expert: 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: 7 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0029
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Raw Materials for Plastic Films: Selection & Basic Properties
Date: 7 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0327
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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
Expert: 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.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) for Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 8 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0415
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Description: DFMA = DFM + DFA, respectively Design for Manufacturing, and Design for Assembly. DFM looks at the cost for manufacturing plastic parts individually. DFA looks at the cost of assembling those parts together to make the finished product. Together DFMA is the philosophy of making the parts and products to be lean from the very beginning. This avoids expensive engineering changes later. It also makes for a lower cost, better reliability, and better-quality product. DFMA pulls in the participation of all the relevant departments (internal and external) at the design stage, where 70 to 80% of a product’s total cost is established. The material to be used, the type of manufacturing process, the assembly processes are all defined at the design stage. Without DFMA bad design decisions may be carried over into the mass production stage where costs and risks to start over are very high. This webinar will examine the application of DFMA philosophy to molded plastic parts – how to produce the molded parts productively, and how plastic parts can incorporate many features that ease assembly into the finished product.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polymerization Process of Polypropylene
Date: 8 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0449
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Description: Webinar Contents
• Key Polymerization Processes
• Comparison of Polymerization Processes
• Effects of Process Variables on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 8 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0031
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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.
Expert: 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.

Raw Material Conveying and Blending Technology for Film Extrusion
Date: 8 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0328
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Description: This training 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
Expert: 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.

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 8 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polypropylene Material Properties and Markets
Date: 9 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0450
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Description: • Different Categories of Polypropylene
• Parameter Review for Product Characteristics
• Markets and Applications of Various PP Categories
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Film Extruder Components and Setup Principles
Date: 9 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0329
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Description: This online training 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
Expert: 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.

Polypropylene Impact Copolymer
Date: 10 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0451
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Description: • Impact Copolymer Design
• Key Parameters for Performance
• Impact/Stiffness Balance
• Stress Whitening
• Transparency/Opacity
• Appearance
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Rheology of Thermosets
Date: 10 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0538
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Description: Thermoset polymers form the matrix in filled plastics and fiber-reinforced composites used in a diversity of products. These range from consumer items and auto body panels to advanced composites for printed circuit boards, aerospace structural components, and expensive, high-performance sports equipment. Rheological measurements have become the most important characterization technique because of their sensitivity to small changes in structure and the ease to monitor these structural changes. For the thermoset polymers, rheology (including dynamic mechanical analysis) provides details of structural changes, the gel point, and also processing parameters such as viscosity as a function of time. The advantage of the rheological technique is that it allows probing of the sample during the reaction with a small oscillatory deformation, which can generate viscoelastic material properties, such as the storage modulus, the loss modulus, and the tan delta all of which are characteristic of the changes of the material’s structure during cure. The KnowHow Webinar will demonstrate the various applications of the rheological characterization technique in the thermosetting polymer to predict its process behavior and how to evaluating its product performance.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Film Extruder Die Components and Setup Principles
Date: 10 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0330
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Description: This online training 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
Expert: 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.

Additivation of Polypropylene Resins
Date: 11 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0452
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Description: • Needs and Scope of Adding Specific Substances
• Basic Stabilization to Mechanical Performance
• Heat and Light Durability Enhancers
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Advanced Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials
Date: 11 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0537
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Description: Thermal characterization of materials by using the DSC, TGA, and SDT are important techniques that are used by a wide variety of industries, including polymers, composites, pharmaceuticals, foods, petroleum, inorganic and organic chemicals, and many others. These instruments typically measure heat flow, specific heat capacity, weight loss, as a function of temperature and time. Properties characterized include melting, crystallization, glass transitions, cross-linking, oxidation, decomposition, and volatilization. These experiments allow the user to examine end-use performance, composition, processing, stability, and molecular structure, and mobility of the materials. Advanced thermal characterization techniques such as the Modulated DSC (MDSC), High-resolution TGA (Hi-Res), Modulated TGA, etc. are suitable for high sensitivity R&D as well as that are helpful to understand better the complex material behaviors, which is sometimes quite difficult to measure using the conventional techniques. The KnowHow Webinar will highlight those advanced characterization techniques along with their application examples related to polymeric materials such as plastics, composites, rubber, etc.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Plastic Film/Sheet Cooling and Stabilization Principles
Date: 11 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0333
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Description:
Expert: 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 the Polyolefin Business
Date: 14 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0503
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Description: The Polyolefins (PO) business is a global one, played on a regional scale. POs such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the most common plastics. Resin production has moved from the regions where technologies were originated and still continue to be developed, to regions with low cost, abundant raw materials and regions with high demand, but with higher cost raw materials. The total cost of producing POs consists of variable costs and fixed costs. The single largest item is the monomer cost, ranging from 80 to 85% of the total costs. There are several routes to ethylene and propylene, the PO monomers. All modern PO polymerization technologies are capable of producing competitive grades but each generic technology has strengths and limitations. PO resins are sold to tens of thousands of processors throughout the world. They range from large multinationals with the most modern equipment to very small family operations.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Gauge Variation Randomization in Plastic Film Extrusion
Date: 14 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0332
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Warpage Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Guidance
Date: 14 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0404
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Description: Warpage of a molded plastic part comes down to uneven shrinkage of the part while it is cooling down to room temperature after ejection. Warpage results in a part that is not of the intended shape, and is one of the most common failures. Understanding the causes for the uneven shrinkage is complicated but it is essential. Those causes are material, design, mould, and processing. Using a jig to hold the shape of the part during cooling, after ejection, is not recommended as it can have disastrous results later. This webinar will discuss the various causes of uneven shrinkage and how to mitigate them. A case study will be presented to demonstrate the use of Conformal Cooling to reduce warpage.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 14 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0023
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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.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0024
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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.
Expert: 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.

Critical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Plastic Parts
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0386
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Description: Plastic parts, with their capability for complex shapes, find many structural applications in many high-end industries like aircraft, automotive, and medical. FEA is a very useful tool to predict their structural performance in complicated applications. However, several critical considerations are mandatory if one seeks accurate predictions of stress, displacement, force, etc. This is because plastics do not behave like metals, for which FEA was originally developed for. This webinar will demonstrate the advantages of those critical considerations versus the traditional linear approach.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Thermal Stabilizers for PVC Processing
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0320
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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.
Expert: 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.

Polyolefins Transforming Processes - Introduction
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0504
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Description: There are many processing methods to transform PE and PP resins into finished products. They usually include an initial extrusion step, the main ones are flat and blown film, injection molding, blow molding, and rotomolding. Others are rafia, monofilament, BOPP, pipe and tube and extrusion coating.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Post Film Extrusion Processes
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0334
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Expert: 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.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 15 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0028
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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
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Roto-Moulding MasterClass : Rotational Moulding - Technology & Practice
Date: 16-17 Nov 2022
Time: 9am-5pm India
Language: English
MasterClass
ID: KH0690
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Description: Module 1 : Introduction to Rotational Moulding
Module 2 : Raw Materials for Rotomoulding
Module 3 : Design of Molds for RotoMoulding
Module 4 : Rotational Molding Machinery Technology
Module 5 : Product Design of RotoMoulded Products
Module 6 : Process Control & Troubleshooting of Rotational Molding Process
Module 7 : Decoration & Graphics of Roto Products
Module 8 : Cost Reduction Opportunities in Rotational Moulding
Module 9 : Process Automation in Rotational Moulding
Module 10 : Advanced Rotational Moulding Technology (Multi-Layer Molding)
Expert: Martin Spencer, a well-experienced rotomolding professional with 35+ years’ experience in the rotomoulding industry. Currently he is Managing director of UniqueRoto Consulting, offering consulting for rotomoulders in design, development, tooling, manufacturing, operations and training.  He was MD of Rototek for 22 years. He was chairman of ARMO (Affiliation of Rotomoulding Organisations) during 2016-2018 (2 years). He was chairman of Rotomoulding group at British Plastics Federation during 2006-2011 (for 5 years)

Creep Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 16 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0387
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Description: Creep failure of plastic parts is the permanent deformation of the part in the presence of stress, time, and temperature. Plastics are more prone to creep failure than metals. Because creep failure only manifests itself after time has passed it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, warranty claims, loss of reputation, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will discuss how to identify potential creep failure of plastic parts, and how to design around them.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 16 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0025
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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.
Expert: 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.

Quality Control Measurements in Film Extrusion
Date: 16 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0335
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Description:
Expert: 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.

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (SSNMR): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 16 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0030
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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
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Commercial Polyethylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 16 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
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Description: Commercial PE production processes described include the high pressure ones of ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell’s Lupotech, SABIC’s Sabtec, Simon-Carves, Thyssenkrupp Uhde and Versalis. Also included are the Dow Unipol PE and LyondellBasell Spherilene and Hyperzone gas phase processes; the Borealis Borstar, Chevron Phillips Mar TECH, Lyondell/Maruzen and LyondellBasell Hostalen slurry processes; as well as the Dow Dowlex and the Nova AST solution processes.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Fatigue Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Design Guidance
Date: 17 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0395
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Description: Fatigue failure of molded plastic parts is the breakage of the part after repeated application of a load (whether a force load or a displacement load) that induced stresses on the parts. The induced stress at which fatigue failure occurs is significantly lower than the Yield Strength of the material. Plastics are more prone to fatigue failure than metals. Just as with creep failure, fatigue failure only manifests itself after time has passed and it is usually the customer who experiences it. This has the potential for costly recalls, returns, rework, scrap, warranty claims, loss of revenue, legal liabilities, etc. And the correction will take a long time to implement because it likely involves a redesign, re-tool and mold, re-test, which prolongs the customer’s pain. Merely replacing the failed part with one of the same vintage will repeat the pain. This webinar will describe and discuss: • What are fatigue failures, along with some examples. • How to identify fatigue failures. • How did fatigue failures happen? • How to design around fatigue failures.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Commercial Polypropylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 17 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
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Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Polymer Characterization
Date: 17 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0026
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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.
Expert: 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.

Troubleshooting Visual Defects in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 17 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0336
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Expert: 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.

Moisture Control for Quality Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 18 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
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Description: Control of moisture content in the resin is essential for producing quality plastic parts. This is especially so for hygroscopic resins (ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, PET, etc), yet it is an often-overlooked step of the injection molding process. Excess moisture in the resin can show up as splay (or silver streaks) or may manifest itself later as brittle broken parts. The former can be visually caught and rejected, but the latter may make their way into the customer’s hands. And both will hit the bottom line of reduced profits. Moisture control starts with properly drying the resins, but the only real step that matters is the measurement of the moisture content after drying. And this is where many molders are lacking. This KnowHow Webinar will present the defects caused by excessive moisture, the proper steps of drying, cases from industry demonstrating the real missteps of controlling moisture content, and case studies of real defects.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 18 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0027
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Troubleshooting Cooling and Stability in Plastics Film Extrusion
Date: 18 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0337
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Expert: 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 Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 21 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
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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.
Expert: 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.

Catalysts & their Influence on Polypropylene Properties
Date: 21 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0448
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Description: • Introduction on Catalyst Principles
• Type of Catalysts
• Current Market Players
• Influence on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Understanding the Polyolefin Business
Date: 21 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
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ID: KH0503
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Description: The Polyolefins (PO) business is a global one, played on a regional scale. POs such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are the most common plastics. Resin production has moved from the regions where technologies were originated and still continue to be developed, to regions with low cost, abundant raw materials and regions with high demand, but with higher cost raw materials. The total cost of producing POs consists of variable costs and fixed costs. The single largest item is the monomer cost, ranging from 80 to 85% of the total costs. There are several routes to ethylene and propylene, the PO monomers. All modern PO polymerization technologies are capable of producing competitive grades but each generic technology has strengths and limitations. PO resins are sold to tens of thousands of processors throughout the world. They range from large multinationals with the most modern equipment to very small family operations.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Plastics Extrusion Principles
Date: 21 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0029
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Description: This training 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.
Expert: 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.

Troubleshooting Roll Geometry in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 21 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0338
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Expert: 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.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) for Molded Plastic Parts
Date: 22 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0415
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Description: DFMA = DFM + DFA, respectively Design for Manufacturing, and Design for Assembly. DFM looks at the cost for manufacturing plastic parts individually. DFA looks at the cost of assembling those parts together to make the finished product. Together DFMA is the philosophy of making the parts and products to be lean from the very beginning. This avoids expensive engineering changes later. It also makes for a lower cost, better reliability, and better-quality product. DFMA pulls in the participation of all the relevant departments (internal and external) at the design stage, where 70 to 80% of a product’s total cost is established. The material to be used, the type of manufacturing process, the assembly processes are all defined at the design stage. Without DFMA bad design decisions may be carried over into the mass production stage where costs and risks to start over are very high. This webinar will examine the application of DFMA philosophy to molded plastic parts – how to produce the molded parts productively, and how plastic parts can incorporate many features that ease assembly into the finished product.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Polymerization Process of Polypropylene
Date: 22 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0449
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Description: Webinar Contents
• Key Polymerization Processes
• Comparison of Polymerization Processes
• Effects of Process Variables on PP Properties
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Polyolefins Transforming Processes - Introduction
Date: 22 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
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Description: There are many processing methods to transform PE and PP resins into finished products. They usually include an initial extrusion step, the main ones are flat and blown film, injection molding, blow molding, and rotomolding. Others are rafia, monofilament, BOPP, pipe and tube and extrusion coating.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 22 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0031
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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.
Expert: 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.

Troubleshooting Gauge Variation in Plastic Film and Sheet
Date: 22 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Paul Waller
Language: English
ID: KH0339
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Expert: 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.

Polypropylene Material Properties and Markets
Date: 23 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0450
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Description: • Different Categories of Polypropylene
• Parameter Review for Product Characteristics
• Markets and Applications of Various PP Categories
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Functionality of Single-Screw Extrusion & Screw Selection
Date: 23 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0020
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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.
Expert: 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.

Commercial Polyethylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 23 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0505
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Description: Commercial PE production processes described include the high pressure ones of ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell’s Lupotech, SABIC’s Sabtec, Simon-Carves, Thyssenkrupp Uhde and Versalis. Also included are the Dow Unipol PE and LyondellBasell Spherilene and Hyperzone gas phase processes; the Borealis Borstar, Chevron Phillips Mar TECH, Lyondell/Maruzen and LyondellBasell Hostalen slurry processes; as well as the Dow Dowlex and the Nova AST solution processes.
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Polypropylene Impact Copolymer
Date: 24 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0451
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Description: • Impact Copolymer Design
• Key Parameters for Performance
• Impact/Stiffness Balance
• Stress Whitening
• Transparency/Opacity
• Appearance
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Commercial Polypropylene Polymerization Processes: A Review
Date: 24 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0506
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Description:
Expert: Jorge O. Bühler-Vidal is Director of Polyolefins Consulting, L.L.C., which provides market, product and process technology selection consulting to the polyolefins industry. He is also President of the PetroChemical Consulting Alliance, a joint undertaking to provide consulting products and services to clients in the worldwide petrochemical and plastics industries. Previously he was at Union Carbide, where he had responsibility for a diverse range of technologies associated with the production processes for polyethylene and polypropylene. He was Team Leader in charge of providing product and marketing support to the global licensing activities of Univation Technologies.

Rheology of Thermosets
Date: 24 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0538
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Description: Thermoset polymers form the matrix in filled plastics and fiber-reinforced composites used in a diversity of products. These range from consumer items and auto body panels to advanced composites for printed circuit boards, aerospace structural components, and expensive, high-performance sports equipment. Rheological measurements have become the most important characterization technique because of their sensitivity to small changes in structure and the ease to monitor these structural changes. For the thermoset polymers, rheology (including dynamic mechanical analysis) provides details of structural changes, the gel point, and also processing parameters such as viscosity as a function of time. The advantage of the rheological technique is that it allows probing of the sample during the reaction with a small oscillatory deformation, which can generate viscoelastic material properties, such as the storage modulus, the loss modulus, and the tan delta all of which are characteristic of the changes of the material’s structure during cure. The KnowHow Webinar will demonstrate the various applications of the rheological characterization technique in the thermosetting polymer to predict its process behavior and how to evaluating its product performance.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Impact of Additives & Fillers on Polymer Rheology
Date: 24 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0021
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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.
Expert: 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.

Additivation of Polypropylene Resins
Date: 25 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0452
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Description: • Needs and Scope of Adding Specific Substances
• Basic Stabilization to Mechanical Performance
• Heat and Light Durability Enhancers
Expert: Dr. Enrico Beccarini is CEO of ArteMia Consulting S.r.l., Italy which offers technical and advisory services on polyolefin manufacturing and processing. Dr. Beccarini is a well-experienced and internationally recognized expert on polypropylene. Before starting his consulting company, he worked in leading polyolefin manufacturing companies for 25+ years in the areas of research and development, innovation management and business development. He has been offering training on polyolefin technology globally. With educational background in mechanical engineering, he holds 12 patents related to polyolefins.

Advanced Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials
Date: 25 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0537
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Description: Thermal characterization of materials by using the DSC, TGA, and SDT are important techniques that are used by a wide variety of industries, including polymers, composites, pharmaceuticals, foods, petroleum, inorganic and organic chemicals, and many others. These instruments typically measure heat flow, specific heat capacity, weight loss, as a function of temperature and time. Properties characterized include melting, crystallization, glass transitions, cross-linking, oxidation, decomposition, and volatilization. These experiments allow the user to examine end-use performance, composition, processing, stability, and molecular structure, and mobility of the materials. Advanced thermal characterization techniques such as the Modulated DSC (MDSC), High-resolution TGA (Hi-Res), Modulated TGA, etc. are suitable for high sensitivity R&D as well as that are helpful to understand better the complex material behaviors, which is sometimes quite difficult to measure using the conventional techniques. The KnowHow Webinar will highlight those advanced characterization techniques along with their application examples related to polymeric materials such as plastics, composites, rubber, etc.
Expert: Dr. Raj Ganesh J. has more than 15 years of experience in the field of polymeric materials characterization techniques and their processing techniques. His major expertise is in the study of structure-property relation of polymeric materials, processing relevant material characterization, material property correlation with the processing behaviours, processing related modelling & simulation techniques. As a qualified Application Expert, he has been providing technical support to various industrial customers from plastics, composites, rubber, and adhesive-related industries in the field of thermal, rheology, and thermophysical property measurements and supporting to resolving the processing related issue by the appropriate material testing solutions. He has conducted several applications-focused technical workshops at various locations in India as well as south-east Asia and, he has participated in various international conferences as a speaker. He has obtained his Master of Science (MS) in Polymer Engineering and Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Processing from the Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria, Europe. Presently, he is working with TA Instruments, A Division of Waters LLC in India as an Applications Support Manager for the last 9 years. Education Summary: Ph.D. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Chair of Polymer Processing, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria; M.S. – Polymer Engineering & Science, Montanuniversität Leoben (University of Leben), Austria

Warpage Failure of Molded Plastic Parts and Guidance
Date: 28 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Expert: Alex Lau
Language: English
ID: KH0404
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Description: Warpage of a molded plastic part comes down to uneven shrinkage of the part while it is cooling down to room temperature after ejection. Warpage results in a part that is not of the intended shape, and is one of the most common failures. Understanding the causes for the uneven shrinkage is complicated but it is essential. Those causes are material, design, mould, and processing. Using a jig to hold the shape of the part during cooling, after ejection, is not recommended as it can have disastrous results later. This webinar will discuss the various causes of uneven shrinkage and how to mitigate them. A case study will be presented to demonstrate the use of Conformal Cooling to reduce warpage.
Expert: Mr. Alex Lau holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, and has worked in the R&D’s of several prominent global MNC’s (Novatel Calgary, NORTEL Calgary, Motorola Penang, Agilent Penang, and Seagate Seremban). He has >30 years experience, specializing in the design and development of parts/products that are toolable and manufacturable, and that function flawlessly in their intended applications. His CAE simulations (FEA, Moldflow, CFD) in product development have consistently predicted accurate results that correlate very well with the actual applications. Mr. Lau applies his knowledge in engineering fundamentals, design guidelines, and CAE simulation to achieve ‘Do It Right the First Time’. This had resulted in projects staying on schedule, on-cost, and on-quality virtually every time. He has trained engineers in many MNC’s, SME’s, and Skills Development Centres, over the years. Mr. Lau is a certified PSBM (HRDF) trainer, as well as a holder in Certified Advanced and Expert Scientific Injection Molding. He also holds US Patent 6853492 Conductive Lens.

Roto-Moulding MasterClass : Rotational Moulding - Technology & Practice
Date: 29-30 Nov 2022
Time: 9am-5pm EST
Language: English
MasterClass
ID: KH0690
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Description: Module 1 : Introduction to Rotational Moulding
Module 2 : Raw Materials for Rotomoulding
Module 3 : Design of Molds for RotoMoulding
Module 4 : Rotational Molding Machinery Technology
Module 5 : Product Design of RotoMoulded Products
Module 6 : Process Control & Troubleshooting of Rotational Molding Process
Module 7 : Decoration & Graphics of Roto Products
Module 8 : Cost Reduction Opportunities in Rotational Moulding
Module 9 : Process Automation in Rotational Moulding
Module 10 : Advanced Rotational Moulding Technology (Multi-Layer Molding)
Expert: Martin Spencer, a well-experienced rotomolding professional with 35+ years’ experience in the rotomoulding industry. Currently he is Managing director of UniqueRoto Consulting, offering consulting for rotomoulders in design, development, tooling, manufacturing, operations and training.  He was MD of Rototek for 22 years. He was chairman of ARMO (Affiliation of Rotomoulding Organisations) during 2016-2018 (2 years). He was chairman of Rotomoulding group at British Plastics Federation during 2006-2011 (for 5 years)

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 29 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0024
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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.
Expert: 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 Stabilizers for PVC Processing
Date: 29 Nov 2022
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0320
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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.
Expert: 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.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 30 Nov 2022
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0025
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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.
Expert: 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.

December 2022