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Seminar: Primers & Adhesives for Rubber-to-Substrate Bonding: Selection, Preparation, Application and Molding
October 20, 21 & 22, 2020; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Cristina DiFranco, Parker LORD
Cost: Free for All IEC Registered Attendees

This one-hour seminar is designed for technical employees working in the rubber industry and highlights best practices for rubber-to-substrate bonding. The seminar will cover the following topics:

- Substrate preparation – chemical and mechanical methods
- Adhesive selection – primers and adhesives, one-coat vs. two-coat systems
- Adhesive preparation – mixing, storage, dilution
- Adhesive application – brush, dip, spray, and specialty application methods
- Molding techniques – compression, transfer, injection


Soft Skills for Scientific Success
October 19, 2020; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Fred Meadows
$600 Member / $750 Non-member / $50 Student


This course will highlight soft skills that are essential for personal development and success in technical work environments.

Topics:
- Seven Basic Soft Skills: Interpersonal, Flexibility, Leadership, Problem solving, Work Ethic, Communicating & Teamwork
- Organizational change agility
- Developmental strategizing
- People agility - awareness of yours and other’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)
- Networking (internally and externally)
- Other soft skills

This course is for scientists and engineers who’d like to discover soft skills/enablers to attain success in technical work environments. Individuals working in or aspiring to work in a wide range of environments, e.g. R&D, quality control, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices, technology, etc. could benefit. The course will be of value those working in multicultural, multigenerational and cross-disciplinary. Also, adhering to strict policies and procedures while working under regulatory constraints are not second nature. Considerations for FDA, DEA, EPA and ISO regulated environments will be covered.

Rubber Explained
October 19, 2020; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Erick Sharp, ACE Products & Consulting
$600 Member / $750 Non-member / $50 Student


This is a one-day course designed for sales and executives working in the rubber industry. Centered around practical explanations and basic fundamentals, this is the perfect course for the non-technical individual. The course will cover the following topics:

- Key raw materials used in rubber compounding
- What a rubber formulation looks like
- Costing a rubber formulation
- Types of mixing processes
- Types of fabrication processes
- Interpreting a test specification
- Interpreting test results
- Basic testing methods

Essentials of Rubber Technology
October 20, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

Participants can expect to gain fundamental understanding of rubber materials and processing during this one-day training.
Course Content:
- what is rubber and its history
- basic polymer chemistry and how to use it
- why do engineers use it
- differences between rubber and plastic
- types of rubber
- how to select the type of rubber for the application
- how rubber compounds are formulated
- how rubber compounds are mixed
- rubber curing and its relationship to properties
- how to test rubber
- rubber bonding
- rubber molding
- improving rubber part quality
- how to write and interpret a rubber specification

Learning Objectives:
- demonstrate the difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber
- contrast the difference between thermoset rubber and thermoplastics
- choose the correct rubber system for specific applications
- discuss the most common testing methods used to classify rubber characteristics
- describe and contrast the characteristics between different fabrication methods
- recognize the importance of cross-link density relative to rubber characteristics
- apply the principles presented to create specifications and improve the quality of rubber articles


Fillers: Non-black and Carbon Black
October 20, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: ARDL Representative
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student


This half-day course will review types of fillers commonly used in rubber compounds and how they affect rubber properties such as durometer, tensile, modulus, compression set, etc. Topics covered will include:

- Effect of filler particle size and shape on rubber
- Types & chemistry of mineral fillers
- Carbon black tests and classification
- Filler comparisons in rubber compounds
- Rubber mixing with carbon black and other fillers

Vulcanization and Curing Chemistry
October 20, 2020; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: ARDL Representative
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

This half-day course gives an overview of the chemistry behind rubber vulcanization, but focuses on how different types of curatives and accelerators affect rubber properties such as crosslink density, tensile, modulus, compression set, heat resistance, etc. Topics covered will include:
- Basic principles of Sulfur Vulcanization
- Sulfur & Accelerator Cure Mechanism
- Chemical structures of curatives & accelerators
- Vulcanization Effects on Rubber Properties (including crosslink density & crosslink type)
- Regulatory Concerns with Curatives (including non-nitrosamine cure systems)
- Non-Sulfur Cure Systems (Peroxide, Resins, Diamine, etc.)

Hazardous Communication
October 20, 2020; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bill Stahl, Rainbow Master Mixing, LLC
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

Lack of a ‘Hazardous Communication Program’ has been one of the top five OSHA violations for the last several years. Some people don’t realize there have been several revisions to the program. This course will give the participant an understanding of the current HAZCOM Globally Harmonized System.

Learning Objectives:
- OSHA 29CFR 1910.1200 HAZCOM Standard
- Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
- written HAZCOM program
- employee training
- new safety data sheets explained
- new requirements for chemical labeling

Essentials of Silicone Rubber
October 20, 2020; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

Silicone rubber is comprised of inorganic-organic polymers. These materials consist of an inorganic backbone with organic side groups attached to silicon atoms. This family of polymers possesses unmatched versatility giving the formulator and user multiple forms and methods to cross link the polymers into rubber materials having the widest service temperature range of any rubber material. This course is designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of silicone’s engineering characteristics. This class will take you from creation of silicone from sand through formulating the compound and the various methods by which silicone can be fabricated into useful service articles. The subject matter will deal with the differences between high consistency rubber, caulks and the various liquid silicone rubbers. This class is suitable for those individuals having various degrees of knowledge in silicone materials and applications.

Learning Objectives:
- contrast the differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
- discuss the influences of specific silicone polymer architecture on engineering properties
- choose the corrective additives to influence specific performance attributes
- recognize the differences between the different types of silicone rubbers
- contrast the different silicone rubber curing and fabrication systems
- discuss the engineering characteristics the make silicone rubber unique
- recognize when to use silicone rubber in an application
- apply the principles presented in this course to improve the quality of silicone rubber articles

Topical Outline:
- what are silicones are
- how are they made
- differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
- what makes silicone rubber unique and when to use it instead of other rubber materials
- influence of additives to during construction of the silicone rubber compound
- essential differences between high consistency and low viscosity and liquid molding
- types and influence of different cure systems
- manufacturing of silicone rubber compounds
- fabrication technologies
- troubleshooting

Basic Rubber Compounding
October 21, 2020; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: ARDL Representative
$600 Member / $750 Non-member / $50 Student

This course is an overview of rubber compounding and testing. Compounding subjects include elastomers, fillers/reinforcement, plasticizers/process aids, antidegradants and cure systems. Testing laboratory subjects will include process testing, physical properties testing, dynamic properties testing and aging. Processing subjects will include mixing, milling, molding, extrusion and calendaring.

Compounding Fluoroelastomers
October 21, 2020; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bill Stahl, Rainbow Master Mixing, LLC
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

Fluoroelastomers are a class of synthetic elastomers that exhibit exceptional heat and fluids resistance when compared to other ‘hydrocarbon’ elastomers. Fluoroelastomers are used where other elastomers will not work. This course will give participants a good understanding of fluoroelastomers, properties and usage.

Course Content:
- what fluoroelastomers are
- how do fluoroelastomers differ from the other elastomers
- the different types of fluoroelastomers
- compounding ingredients used in fluoroelastomers
- properties of fluoroelastomers, both processing and physical properties
- molding of fluoroelastomers
- troubleshooting
- applications

Mixing and Testing for Compound Consistency
October 21, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

This course is designed to provide participants an in depth understanding of the influence of the mixing process and the characteristics of the mixed compound. The focus of the training will be on reducing the batch to batch variation commonly associated with batch mixed rubber compounds. The Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers Compound Consistency Guideline will be used to walk each aspect of rubber compound manufacture.

Course Content Includes:
- raw material specifications
- storage of raw materials
- error proofing
- weigh-up controls
- batch sizing
- integrated power mixing
- in process mixer data and analysis
- two roll mill controls
- compound properties vs. the mix fingerprint
- testing the compound

Setting Up a Rubber Molding Process
October 21, 2020; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Walker, Elastomer Technologies
$250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student

This program is designed to show how to establish a rubber molding process based on cross link density. The course is designed to show the influence of cross link density on mechanical properties, as well as its influence on de-molding. The overall focus is the design of a rubber molding process that yields the most consistent properties.

Course Content:
- selection of the correct polymer characteristics to match the molding process
- understanding curing of rubber
- how to measure cure state
- relationship between cure state and physio-mechanical properties
- role of mold temperature and its variation reduction
- heat transfer models in predicting cure time
- insert molding
- selecting mold release
- post mold curing
- verification of the molding process


Basics of Specialty Elastomers
October 22, 2020; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Product & Application Team at ExxonMobil: Jacob Jordahl, PhD – Polymer Science, Mark Welker, PhD – EPDM, Jim Coffey P.E. – Adhesives, Oren Lawit – TPV & Eric Wamsley – Butyl
Cost: $250 Member / $395 Non-member / $25 Student Member

This is a half day course that will cover manufacturing through compounding and processing for applications with EPDM, TPV, Butyl and Adhesive polymer technologies, as well as provide a basic background of polymer science and chemistry. This is intended for new entrants into the rubber industry.

Course Content:

Polymer science – basics
- Structure / polymer terminology

EPDM – basics
- What is EPDM – typical grades / specifications / how is it tested and what is important
- What are applications for their product (hoses / belts / seals / etc.)
- How is EPDM made (Chain-growth polymerization) – High level overview of the chemistry and manufacturing
- New material advances for EPDM – metallocene polymerization

TPV – basics
- What is a TPV – Typical grades / specifications / how is it tested and what is important
- What are common applications for TPV’s (weather stripping / glass run channel / etc.)
- How their product is made – high level overview of the chemistry and manufacturing
- New material advances for their product. – What is the latest cool thing?

Butyl – basics
- What is butyl rubber – Typical grades / specifications / how is it tested and what is important
- What are applications for butyl rubber (Tire / pharma / etc.)
- How is butyl made – high level overview of the chemistry and manufacturing
- New material advances for butyl – BIMSM polymer

Resins – basics
- What are resins – Typical grades / specifications / how is it tested and what is important
- What are applications for resins (adhesivies / polymer modifiers / etc.)
- How are resins made – high level overview of the chemistry and manufacturing
- New material advances for resins. – What is the latest cool thing?