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Plastic Failures Associated with Metal Fasteners

March 1, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

The need to secure plastic components is prevalent in the manufacture of assemblies in many industries. Joining plastic components to other plastic parts or metal parts often involves the use of mechanical fasteners, such as screws, inserts, or rivets. The joining of plastic parts is inherently more complicated than assembling two metal components because of the fundamental differences in physical properties, including strength, chemical resistance and susceptibility to creep and stress relaxation. Case studies will be presented to illustrate failures associated with the interaction between plastic components and metal fasteners. 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 cases depict representative failures involving varied designs and service conditions.

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Failure Analysis of Plastics (in San Francisco, CA)

March 5-6, 2018
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen, and Erik Foltz

This two-day, in-person seminar is a must-attend event for anyone selecting or using plastics to optimize their plastic component's performance. Covering topics from material selection to product validation testing, attendees will gain a better understanding of basic principles that affect the durability and failure of plastic parts. As these speakers like to say "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 utilize 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. The combination of excellent speakers, a convenient location in the Bay Area, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

This webinar will address some of the considerations that need to be made when selecting a plastic resin, and outline the challenges and benefits of selecting an appropriate material. The presentation will introduce a method of systematic selection that will optimize the plastics material selection process.

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DSC Interpretation Made Easy for Plastics Optimization

March 15, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

DSC is a very powerful and versatile tool. Insufficient interpretation skills prevent you from taking advantage of the additional information (material condition, propertie...) available for efficient optimization of your plastic material and prevention of premature failure. Join this course to:

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Live Presentation: Preventing Plastic Part Failures (SPE Carolinas Section)

March 19, 2018
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

The best way to avoid plastic part failure is to understand the most common causes of failure. This presentation will cover topics essential to understanding plastic failure and present information regarding how and why plastics fail. By avoiding common mistakes it is possible to produce plastic parts that have a superior chance to perform successfully.

Based on having conducted over 1550 failure investigations, a number of the most common causes of plastic failure will be review in order to illustrate this point. These include excessive sharp corners, molded-in residual stress, insufficient drying of molding resin, improper material selection, time factors, and chemical contact.

This presentation will focus on practical techniques to avoid future failures. The 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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Environmental Stress Cracking of Plastics

March 21, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Presenter: Jeffrey Jansen

If you deal with plastic components, then "Environmental Stress Cracking of Plastics" will provide you with information that will enhance your understanding of the interaction between chemicals and plastic resins, and help prevent premature failure. Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is a phenomenon in which a plastic resin undergoes premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking due to the simultaneous and synergistic action of stress and contact with a chemical agent. ESC is a leading cause of plastic component failure, and a recent study suggests that 25% of plastic part failures are related to ESC.

The webinar will be presented from a practical viewpoint with actual case studies to illustrate the ESC mechanism and explain plastic performance. Topics covered during this session include:

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