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TMG Annual Seminar: How to Optimize Your Mold Cooling to Drive Down Costs and Drive-Up Part Performance (UW-Stout)

September 18, 2018 (9:00-12:30)
Presenters: Dan Luke (Norstech),Sean Mertes (AMCO Polymers), and Erik Foltz

This free seminar will have three seperate presentations where the importance of optimizing your mold cooling and molding for maximizing your throughput without sacrificing part performance will be discussed. The presentations include:

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Plastics: The Correlation of Molecular Structure and Performance

October 4, 2018 (9:00-12:30)
Presenters: Jeff Jansen

Gain a much better understanding of how the performance properties of plastics are tied directly to the molecular structure of the polymer. Attendees will see how different aspects of the structure alter the physical properties of materials, including mechanical, thermal, chemical resistance, and environmental.

The webinar will cover a wide range of thermoplastic materials. Because structure is important to all thermoplastics, it will adressr aspects ranging from simples structures such as polyethylene to the more complex such as polyesters, sulfones, and polyaryletherketones.

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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 and 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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Ductile to Brittle Transitions in Plastics

October 18, 2018, 10 AM CST
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

The objective of a failure investigation is to identify the mechanism and cause of the failure. The characterization of the failure mode such as, fatigue, overload, environmental stress cracking, etc... is often straightforward through fractographic methods. However, the determination of the cause of the failure is in many cases less apparent. Plastic materials are utilized in many applications because of their unique property set, including their ductile response to applied stress. This ductility is associated with the viscoelastic nature of polymers and is attributed to their unique molecular structure. In spite of that inherent ductility, most plastic components fail through one of the many brittle fracture modes. Experience has shown that less than 5% of failures are associated with ductile overload. The remainder represent brittle fractures of normally ductile materials. Thus, within evaluations of plastic component failures, the focus of the investigation frequently turns to identifying the nature of the ductile to brittle transition. This relatively brittle response to stress is evident through the examination and characterization of the fracture surface morphology.

There are numerous factors that influence a ductile-to-brittle transition within plastic materials, such as:

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Thermal Analysis in Failure and Compositional Analysis

December 6, 2018, 10 AM CDT
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

Thermal analysis is an important group of tests used in the analysis of plastics and other polymeric materials. It consists of a family of well-established techniques that evaluate material properties as they change with temperature, time, and ambient environment under conditions of thermal programming. The results of thermal analysis tests provide qualitative and quantitative information about the material being evaluated. In particular, this information is important to address plastic failures or in characterization of the material composition and physical properties.

The upcoming webinar on thermal analysis will introduce the four primary techniques:

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