The Universal Selection Source: Polymer Additives

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Plastics Materials & Technologies: Quick update for Industry New Comers

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Recorded on Jun 10, 2015

Increase your confidence when interacting with your colleagues & clients in the plastics industry with a structured & ready-to-use overview of existing materials, technologies and key factors impacting performance.

Chris DeArmitt, a seasoned plastics material consultant, will help you speed up your (or your team's) learning curve by extracting key info you should know about plastics to be at ease in your day-to-day.

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Chris DeArmitt

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

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Why should you view this course?

Every year people find themselves working in the plastics industry with little or no training. There are many good books available but they tend to teach complex theories with lots of mathematics which fail to help people differentiate the real need. This course is the quickest way to get working knowledge of plastic materials & additives using easy language & graphics. So get a head-start on your career today!



1. Discuss easily with your clients & peers by reviewing the key founding concepts of plastics materials and their processing

2. Be at ease under all circumstances by learning about the main polymer families, additive technologies and understanding how they work

3. Build operational points of reference by understanding performance/cost ratio for key applications (automotive, appliances…) 

Who should view this course?

New R&D people, Sales & Marketing people who wish to quickly grasp the basics of the plastics industry.

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Introduction to Plastics
    • Market Dynamics
    • What properties do they have and why?
    • Comparison with other materials (metal, glass…)
    • Polymer Synthesis & types
    • Testing (Impact test methodology, Penetration test)

  2. Structure- Property Relationships

  3. Additives

  4. Processing and flow characteristics
    • Polymer failure rate

  5. Performance : cost – a graphical analysis (exclusive)
    • For appliances / leisure application
    • Automotive / aerospace application
    • Effect of fillers on performance/cost ratio

  6. Conclusions

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