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Putting Years of Plastics Engineering Experience To Work For You

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Webinars and Events Outside TMG

WEBINAR SERIES: FAILURE OF PLASTICS

Session 1: October 13, 2021 at 11:00am-Noon EDT
Session 2: October 14, 2021 at 11:00am-Noon EDT
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

This 2-part webinar series will cover a considerable range of topics important in understanding, diagnosing, and preventing 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 webinar series will introduce the attendees to information they need to gain this understanding. The material covered will include:

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UWM School of Continuing Education Fall Course

Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design, & Prevention

Mon-Wed, October 25-27, 2021
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen | Javier Cruz | Erik Foltz | Antoine Rios

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 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.

This course is designed for Engineers, Scientists, Technicians, and Managers who design, fabricate, and manufacture plastic components.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes:

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Plastic Datasheets: What They Do and Don't Tell Us

Society of Plastics Engineers
November 11, 2021 at 11:00am-Noon EST
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

UL Prospector lists tens of thousands of different plastic resins. When tasked with material selection, 99.44% of us turn to the typical property data sheet. Those of us who have been around a while are careful not to call it a "technical data sheet." What are the issues with the single point numbers listed? Why does that often lead to failed product? What should we be doing instead?

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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

The Consequences of Ductile-To-Brittle Transitions in Plastics

December 10, 2020 | 10:00 AM Central
Society of Plastics Engineers Webinar
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

Thermoplastic resins 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 through conducting thousands of plastic component failure analyses has shown that less than 5% were 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, associated with material, processing, design, and service conditions that influence a ductile-to-brittle transition within plastic materials. These include:

  • Temperature;
  • Stress Concentration;
  • Chemical Contact;
  • Molecular Weight;
  • Degradation;
  • Filler Content;
  • Contamination;
  • Poor Fusion;
  • Strain Rate;
  • Time Under Load;
  • Crystallinity;
  • Plasticizer Content.

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Rubber vs TPE: When to Select What?

November 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM Central
SpecialChem
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

When you work with elastomers, material selection is often the most critical step and you must get it right to avoid product failure. But despite very different and unique properties, the two elastomeric materials (Rubber and TPE) can look and feel similar. Don't let the limited availability of comparative information make you select the wrong elastomer for your application. Join this course and:

  • Gain in-depth understanding of the structural and compositional differences between Rubbers and TPEs
  • Select most suited elastomer depending on the application conditions to achieve desired properties (high flexibility, wide temperature range, good chemical resistance...)
  • Optimize your product performance and avoid unnecessary product failure by better understanding the key characteristics of elastomeric materials

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Navigating Plastic Material Selection

November 12, 2020 | 10:00 AM Central
Society of Plastics Engineers Webinar
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

Material selection is one of the fundamental aspects that will determine the success or failure of a product. With so many choices available today regarding plastic materials, it is imperative that anyone involved in product design or material selection understand resin properties and how they will affect end product performance as well as part design and manufacturability. While plastic material selection is a frequent topic of discussion, it is not as simple as it may first appear. A thorough understanding of the short-term and long-term properties of the potential plastic resins is essential. To help make the best plastic resin choice, is also essential to have a basic knowledge of polymer chemistry.

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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Understanding Wear of Plastics

October 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM Central
Society of Plastics Engineers Webinar
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

Wear can be defined as damage to a solid surface caused by the removal or displacement of material through mechanical action associated with contact with a mating surface. Plastic components are used in a wide range of demanding applications in which they are subjected to surface damage and wear. These commonly include:

  • Mechanisms of wear in plastics;
  • Wear factor;
    • Mechanical
    • Environmental
    • Thermal
  • Wear resistant plastics;
  • Wear testing.

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