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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:
- Essential knowledge of why plastic components fail
- The five factors affecting plastic part performance
- The major plastic failure mechanisms
- The process of conducting a failure investigation and methods for understanding how and why a product has failed
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
- Using Data to Drive Your Injection Molding Process
- Expanding Design and Processing Horizons with Virtual Design of Experiments for Injection Molding
- How Processing is Affecting Your Plastic Part Peformance
To Register Email Jeff Jansen