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SME Webinar: Considerations for Optimizing Compression Molding Long-Fiber Composite Parts

April 26, 2017, 1:00 PM Central
Presenters: Erik Foltz

The initiatives of improving fuel efficiency in cars and reducing part cost has driven the trend of light weighting to the forefront of the plastics industry. While a lot of attention is given to optimizing injection molded parts and using long-fiber reinforced plastics to meet these initiatives, the current goals are forcing engineers to selected high-performance applications that are pushing the limit of what injection molded parts and materials can provide. Alternatively, using compression molding to manufacture these performance critical parts, allows for fiber-reinforced polymeric materials to still be used for these applications, and potentially exceed the performance of an injection molded part. While compression molding has traditionally been used using thermosetting applications, the market has also evolved to include long-fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) material, which designers may be more familiar.

This webinar will highlight the benefits and limitations of using compression molding to manufacture both discontinuous fiber reinforced composites. Additionally, the role of processing on part performance will be discussed, and highlighted for both thermoplastic and thermoset materials. Finally, the webinar will show how using simulation can help optimize these components and address potential issues before a mold is constructed.

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SPE Mini-Tech: Plastics Failure: How and Why

April 27, 2017, 12:30- 5:00 PM Central
Presenters: Jeffery A. Jansen

This seminar will cover a range of topics important in understanding and diagnosing plastic component failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is by performing a systematic failure analysis. Someone once said, "if you don't know how something broke, you can't fix it", and this certainly highlights the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed. This presentation will introduce the attendees to information they need to gain this understanding. The material covered will include:

The seminar will focus on practical problem-solving techniques and will utilize case studies to illustrate key aspects of plastic failure and prevention. Participants will gain a better understanding why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned.

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TMG Seminar (Free): The Role of Processing on Plastic Part Performance

UW-Stout, May 11, 2017 8:30 AM-12:00 PM Central; WCTC, June 6, 2017 8:30 AM -12:00 PM
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen, Dr. Adam Kramschuster, Erik Foltz

This year's seminar will discuss the importance of establishing a robust process, how to identify key parameters to produce quality parts, and how processing may be affecting your plastic part design. The seminar will consist of three individual talks:

To Register Email Jeff Jansen