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Putting Years of Plastics Engineering Experience To Work For You

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Upcoming News and Events

Basic Rubber Technology

April 11, 2019, 10 AM CDT
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

This webinar will introduce the attendees to the basics and most important topics related to thermoset rubber compounds. About 15 billion kilograms of rubber are produced ever year. Rubber finds its way into wide range of applications in the automotive, medical, appliance, electrical, and chemical industries. As a class of materials, rubber has many useful properties because of its unique molecular structure. These include being soft and relatively flexible, high ultimate elongation coupled with good elastic recovery, useful over a wide temperature range, and good chemical resistance.

A part of the presentation the following topics will be covered:

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

April 16-17, 2019
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen and Erik Foltz

In this two day seminar, we will 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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Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention (UW-Milwaukee at Milwaukee)

October 14-16, 2019
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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Past Events

Here is a short list of events that you just missed. If you are interested in having The Madison Group come and speak to your team, please feel free to Contact us

Creep Failure of Plastics

February 14, 2019, 10 AM CDT
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

Creep is the tendency of a polymeric material to deform permanently under the influence of constant stress, as applied through tensile, compressive, shear, or flexural loading. It occurs as a function of time through extended exposure to levels of stress that are below the yield strength of the material. Given sufficient time, this can lead to creep rupture, the failure within a material as a result of continuously applied stress at a level below the short-term tensile strength. Plastic materials are particularly prone to creep rupture through exposure to static stresses, and a recent study indicates that 22% of plastic failures are associated with creep.

The relatively high frequency of creep failure is linked to the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of the effects of time on polymeric materials, particularly at the design stage; the unique difference in time dependence between polymeric materials and metals; and the increasing use of plastic materials in diverse applications with longer time demands.

The concept of creep is extremely important to manufacturers and designers of plastic components.

The upcoming webinar will cover:

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How Cooling Line and Mold Design Influence Plastic Part Cost and Performance

January 9, 2018, 10 AM CDT
Presenter: Erik Foltz

Cycle time optimization is often one of the main objectives when designing and constructing the mold. However, the majority of a molding cycle is often dictated by the cooling time. Therefore, it is strange that in the mold design process the integration and design of the cooling line layout and high conductivity inserts is often left toward the end of the design process where the design envelops has been drastically reduced. It is also commonly believed that the placement of the cooling lines is the only driver for properly cooling the part, and its design only influences the manufacturability of the part. This presentation will highlight the importance of all aspects of the mold cooling design on molding efficiency, and will also highlight how decisions on this design aspect of your mold actually influence the end performance of your plastic part. These points will be illustrated through practical engineer calculations and validated through case studies.

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