Plastics & Composites

October 2020

Polymer Characterization
Date: 28 October 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 12.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar program provides a broad overview of polymer characterization, the equipment and methodologies used to measure various polymer properties. Polymers emphasized in this course are those typically used in plastics manufacturing processes such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The course will begin with an overview of polymers and their properties. This will be followed by detail on property types and their measurement techniques, including mechanical, physical, chemical, thermal, and electrical. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with polymers, particularly with plastics processing. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Plastic Extruder Maintenance
Date: 30 October 2020 (Friday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group:1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of proper maintenance of polymer extruders, both single screw and twin screw. Topics to be covered include preventative maintenance procedures, hardware measurements, and start-up/shutdown procedures. The emphasis of the program is on maintaining an extruder for long life and high performance. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products. This includes operators, set-up technicians, process engineers, maintenance mechanics, floor supervisors and plant managers of plastics extrusion processes. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

November 2020

Applied Polymer Rheology
Date: 04 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 12.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad, practical overview of polymer rheology, the study of flow in polymer melts. An emphasis will be placed on the understanding of rheology as it applies to plastics processing, such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The course will begin with an overview of polymers and proceed through an understanding of how polymers behave in flow, finishing with a description of flow property measurements. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with polymers, particularly with plastics processing. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 11 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist understand how Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) can be a powerful tool for characterizing polymeric materials and polymer composits from a physical property and problem solving perspective. Discussions about important experimental considerations will be presented. In addition, discussions about viscoelasticity, the nature of transitions observed by DMA, and the influence of thermal history will be discussed. The presentation contents include: Fundamentals of DMA Instrumentation, Experimental Considerations, Understanding Viscoelasticity, Industrial Problem-Solving Case Studies
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Plastics Extrusion Principles
Date: 11 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 12.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of plastics extrusion principles and practices. It will begin with a focus on the operating principles of both single and twin screw extruders and conclude with an overview of various applications for which extruders are used, such as the production of pelletized compounds, films, profiles, and coated wire. The primary purpose of this program is to familiarize attendees with the many uses of extruders, including an introductory understanding of the technical aspects of extrusion. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (SSNMR): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 18 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to introduce the industrial scientist to the spectroscopic technique of Solid-State NMR (SSNMR) and how it can be applied to polymer and material characterization and product development. Experimental considerations will be discussed along with how structural and molecular dynamic information obtained by SSNMR can be used to develop Structure/Property relationships. The presentation contents include: Basic Concepts of NMR and SSNMR, Experimental Considerations, Molecular Dynamics and Morphology, Case Studies of SSNMR used in Problem Solving and Product Development
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Understanding Plastics Technology
Date: 18 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 12.00 pm (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This one-hour program provides a broad overview of plastic materials and methods for producing plastic products. It will begin with a focus on the materials used in the plastics industry along with their characteristics. Then, the emphasis will be on the various processing methods used to produce plastic products, such as injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding. The primary purpose of this program is to familiarize attendees with the many uses of plastics, including an introductory understanding of the technical aspects of plastics processing. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with plastics or plastic products. The course will conclude with a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Impact of Additives & Fillers on Polymer Rheology
Date: 23 November 2020 (Monday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Premium Member: FREE
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Description: The importance of rheological properties of polymers is well recognized by engineers and scientists in the polymer processing industry. Issues such as whether or not a plastic product would have the expected designed performance, or whether or not a manufacturing process could be optimized etc. are closely related to the overall rheological behaviors of the involved polymetric system. This webinar is designed to discuss how the physical properties of the solid raw materials such as additives, fillers etc. commonly used in the industry could affect the important rheological behaviors (such as die swell and slip velocity) of the polymeric system during extrusion.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong obtained his B.Tech (Hons) and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford, U.K.. Prior to taking up his academic duties at The University of Hong Kong, he was with BASF and Exxon Chemical as the technical support to their sales team of their plastics department for the Asia Pacific region. In his 20 years of employment at The University of Hong Kong, he taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was also actively engaged in carrying out research work in plastics technology. Main areas of his research focuses include extrusion technology, polymer rheology, powder technology, and environmental engineering. In 2003, he joined NHH Co. Ltd. (a color compounder listed in Hong Kong) as its Vice Chairman and Director, responsible for the company’s technology and market development. He left NHH in April 2019 and is now the Asia Pacific market coordinator for Badger Color Concentrates, Inc., a US based color compounder.

Functionality of Single-Screw Extrusion & Screw Selection
Date: 24 November 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group: 1000 US$
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Description: This webinar will discuss about the dynamic functional characteristics of single-screws used in polymer extrusion processes. Understanding these characteristics will enable us (1) to have more appropriate considerations in designing and selecting screws, and (2) to appreciate the functional limitations of a specific design. This webinar will also include discussions on screws of different configurations for different purposes.
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wong obtained his B.Tech (Hons) and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford, U.K.. Prior to taking up his academic duties at The University of Hong Kong, he was with BASF and Exxon Chemical as the technical support to their sales team of their plastics department for the Asia Pacific region. In his 20 years of employment at The University of Hong Kong, he taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was also actively engaged in carrying out research work in plastics technology. Main areas of his research focuses include extrusion technology, polymer rheology, powder technology, and environmental engineering. In 2003, he joined NHH Co. Ltd. (a color compounder listed in Hong Kong) as its Vice Chairman and Director, responsible for the company’s technology and market development. He left NHH in April 2019 and is now the Asia Pacific market coordinator for Badger Color Concentrates, Inc., a US based color compounder.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers
Date: 25 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist characterize polymeric materials using a variety of Thermal Analytical (TA) techniques like Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Mechanical Analysis (TMA) Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA). Discussions about important experimental considerations for each technique will be presented. In addition, discussions about choosing the correct technique to solve a specific product development or processing problem will be presented via specific TA examples. We will also discuss thermal transitions for amorphous and crystalline polymers and how thermal history influence interpretation of TA data. The presentation agenda is as below: # Thermal Analysis Instrumentation # Experimental Considerations # Thinking Beyond Standard Analysis # Industrial Problem-Solving Case Studies
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

December 2020

Applications of FTIR in Polymer Process Development
Date: 10 December 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Parker
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: FTIR spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying the effects of polymer formulation and process factors on surface chemistry, component compatibility, and morphology; all of which relate to end-use performance characteristics like adhesion and mechanical properties. Of the many techniques available, surface attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy (SATR-FTIR) is arguably one of the most versatile FTIR methods, enabling the study of neat liquids, solutions, dispersions, solid films, solid powders, adhesives, adherends, and countless other multi-component systems. Aside from being fast, SATR can be applied in problem-solving situations pertaining to cure reactions (liquid and dispersion states), surface compositions & adhesion, process history & surface heterogeneity (e.g., extruded films), material structure, and product/process control. This seminar, although focused on SATR, will be the first in a series pertaining to applications of spectroscopic methods in product and process development. Those attending can expect to learn how SATR-FTIR can be applied to their own real-world product development & problem-solving situations. The webinar presentation includes: • Overview of FTIR spectroscopy & methods; • Description of the SATR technique; • Example Applications - Adhesion, Surface migration, Extruded film heterogeneity, Polymerization reactions, Material structure & composition
Speaker: Anthony Parker, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and founder of A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC. Dr. Parker has 35 years of industrial experience in research, development, and management. He has been involved in multiple start-up businesses ranging from medical devices and musical instrument strings to packaging adhesives, pharmaceutical delivery systems, and cosmetics. His interests and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, bio-based materials and adhesives, mechanical properties of polymers, structure-property-process relationships in polymers, thermal analytical methods, spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR), UV curable coatings, and musical strings/ instruments. Dr. Parker has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications, including 30+ journal articles and technical reviews as well as 40+ patents with several patents pending.

Blown Film Extrusion: Principles and Troubleshooting
Date: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar program provides a broad overview of blown film extrusion. The course will cover blown film extrusion hardware and processing principles. There will be a focus on obtaining correct bubble geometry. Polymeric materials used in blown film extrusion will also be emphasized. The course will conclude with a discussion about troubleshooting blown film problems. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with blown film extruders and film products. After the course concludes, there will be a question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.

Plastic Extruder Performance Measurements
Date: 15 December 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar provides a broad overview of extruder performance measurements. The course will provide practical methods for measuring parameters on an extruder that characterize current performance and allow benchmarking for process improvement. The methods are easily applied with normal extruder control systems, standard shop tools, and typical computer software. Techniques for analyzing and displaying measured data will be provided. The program is intended for anyone who works directly with extruders and extruded products.
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Cantor is Professor of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, USA, where he has been since 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn College, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA where he worked with polyethylene film for high altitude scientific balloons. Kirk received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science and PhD in Polymer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His primary area of interest is polymer extrusion and he is the author of “Blown Film Extrusion,” now in its 3rd edition from Hanser Publishers.