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Plastic Failures Associated with Molding Issues

May 23, 2018
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

The injection molding process is one of the key characteristics that determines how a plastic part will perform in service. Manufacturers certainly attempt to avoid failure, but often unanticipated factors result in unexpected problems. The chances for a successful application can be significantly increased through preventative measures, including appropriate material selection, proper mold design, and process development. Even when appropriate actions are taken, failures can still occur. The evaluation of these failures provides an opportunity for learning. By understanding how and why a plastic component is failed, steps can be taken to prevent future occurrences. Case Studies will be presented to illustrate failures associated with the deficiencies from the injection molding process. The presented cases will illustrate how the failure analysis process was used to identify the failure mechanism as well as the primary factors responsible for the failures.

The injection molding process is one of the key characteristics that determines how a plastic part will perform in service. Manufacturers certainly attempt to avoid failure, but often unanticipated factors result in unexpected problems. The chances for a successful application can be significantly increased through preventative measures, including appropriate material selection, proper mold design, and process development. Even when appropriate actions are taken, failures can still occur. The evaluation of these failures provides an opportunity for learning. By understanding how and why a plastic component has failed, steps can be taken to prevent future occurrences. Case ctudies will be presented to illustrate failures associated with the deficiencies from the injection molding process. The presented cases will illustrate how the failure analysis process was used to identify the failure mechanism as well as the primary factors responsible for the failures.

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Environmental Stress Cracking of Plastics

May 31, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

Wear can be defined as damage to a solid surface caused by the removal or displacement of material through mechanical action associated with contact with a mating surface. Plastic components are used in a wide range of demanding applications in which they are subjected to surface damage and wear. These commonly include:

Wear of plastics is a relatively common failure mechanism, which needs to be understood in order to avoid component malfunction and breakdown. This webinar will address the mechanisms of wear in plastics.

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Moldflow Summit: Simulating Compression Molding of Long-Fiber Thermoplastic (LFT) Composites

June 13, 2018, 3:30 PM EST
Presenter: Patrick Mabry

Lightweighting initiatives have driven engineers and designers to explore using more non-metallic components in their designs and assemblies. While continuous fiber reinforced polymeric composite materials offer a lot of potential, the current cycle times and cost often limit integration of these materials. Additionally, the potential benefits of long-fiber thermoplastic materials for injection-molded parts is often diminished due to the inherent fiber attrition the process induces on the material. However, compression molding of long-fiber thermoplastic materials offers a promising compromise for taking full advantage of these discontinuous fiber reinforced materials. This presentation will examine the potential benefits of considering compression molding for manufacturing semi-structural components, and how simulation can be used to optimize the design and charge pattern prior to constructing a mold. The presentation will use a case study to correlate the results between simulation and actual molding.

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Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention (UW-Milwaukee)

October 15-17, 2018
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen, Dr. Antoine Rios, Dr. Javier Cruz, and Erik Foltz

Dive into a broad range of topics essential to understanding and preventing plastic failure. The most efficient adn effective approach to plastic component failure is performing a systematic failure analysis following a scientific method. Someone once said, "if you don't know how something broke, you can't fix it," highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed. With emphasis on practical problem-solving techniques, the course will utilitze case studies to comprehend key aspects of plastic failure and prevention. Gain a better understanding of why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned.

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