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FEBRUARY CLASSES 

February 19 RUBBER BASICS

February 19, 2019; 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This course is perfect for Sales, Customer Service, and any other non-technical personnel. You will gain a basic understanding about the rubber industry and the processes in this course. It’s a great primer to additional courses or as a stand-alone for basic knowledge of the industry.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility after the course.

Cost: $500

Instructor: Erick Sharp, President & CEO, ACE Products & Consulting LLC.

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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February 20 BUSINESS LAW - LUNCH & LEARN

February 20, 2019; 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Leave the office and eat lunch with us! Learn the basics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Business ethics and liabilities are also covered. Know what your rights are!

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility after the course.

Cost: $50 Lunch provided!

Instructors: Chris Wagner, Law & Marketing Director, ChemSpec Ltd., and Miles Dearth, Chief Technical Officer, Spherix Mineral Products

New Video Conferencing Availability! If you find it’s too inconvenient to travel, then video conferencing is for you! Sign into our Smart Room and attend training by registering now for Remote Access. Contact Christie Robinson at iLearn@aceprodcon.com or CALL: 330-577-4088.

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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MARCH CLASSES 

March 12 -14 BEGINNER: COMPOUNDING, TESTING AND MIXING

March 12 -14, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Course Description:

Day 1- Introduction to Compounding:  This course covers an introductory level of formulating elastomer compounds.  Topics include raw material selection, construction of formulations and basic troubleshooting of compounds. 

  • Raw Material Selection
    • Elastomers
    • Fillers
    • Oils
    • Cure Systems
    • Process Additives
  • Formulation Construction
    • Formulating in PHR
    • Material Ratios
    • Gravity Calculations
    • Additions
  • Basic Troubleshooting
    • Dispersion
    • Processability
    • Bloom
    • Physical Property Loss
    • Compatibility

Day 2- Introduction to Testing: This course covers an introductory level of testing rubber elastomer compounds.  Topics include interpreting specifications, rheology, physical testing, conditioning, and reporting.

  • Interpretation of Specifications
    • Call Outs
    • Finding Standards
    • Synergies between standards
    • Interpreting standards
  • Rheology
    • ODR
    • MDR
    • RPA
    • MV / MS
  • Physical Testing (Basic)
    • Gravity
    • Hardness
    • Tensile & Elongation
    • Tear
    • Compression Set
    • Temperature Retraction
    • Brittle Point
  • Conditioning
    • Heat Age
    • Cold Temperature
    • Oil Age
    • Environmental
  • Reporting
    • What to look for
    • Required reports

Day 3- Introduction to Mixing:  The mixing portion of this course covers many topics dealing with Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters (the things that affect rubber mixing).

  • Brief history of mixing equipment
  • What an internal mixer is and some of its different options
  • Different types of rotors and how they differ
  • The influence of various mechanical and non-mechanical parameters and the effects they have on
    • rubber mixing
    • production uniformity
    • wear and damage
    • the mixing process
  • Actual examples of problems encountered in the field, what caused them and how they were resolved

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the course.

Cost: $950

Instructors: Erick Sharp, President & CEO, ACE Products & Consulting, Doug Foster, Laboratory Manager, ACE Products & Consulting, and Richard Jorkasky, Consultant.

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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March 18 - 21 OSHA 30 HOUR GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

March 18 – 21, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and March 22, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

The 30 Hour General Industry Safety Training is intended to provide general industry worker’s broad awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a general industry site. Students will be introduced to OSHA policies, procedures, and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles and work practices covered in OSHA Act Part 1910. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a 30-hour General Industry Safety Certification completion card.

Training will consist of classroom instruction using PowerPoint presentations, exercises, and quizzes. Each student will receive copies of all instructional materials. At the completion of the course, 30 Hour student completion cards will be requested through the OSHA Outreach Portal. The Outreach portal automatically prints the student’s name on the card as well as the trainer’s name and course end date.

Deliverables: The training will cover the following topics, which are the minimum OSHA training requirements to obtain the 30 Hr. card:

Day 1- Monday, March 18, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to OSHA- 2 hours
  • Managing Safety and Health – 2 hours
  • Hazard Communication- 2 hours
  • Q&A
  • ACE Tour

Day 2- Tuesday, March 19, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Walking and Working Surfaces, including Fall Protection- 1 hour
  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention Plans, and Fire Protection- 2 hours
  • Personal Protective Equipment- 1 hour
  • Machine Guarding- 1 hour
  • Lockout/ Tagout- 1 hour
  • Q&A

Day 3- Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Electrical- 2 hours
  • Materials Handling- 2 hours
  • Ergonomics- 1 hour
  • Powered Industrial Vehicles- 1 hour
  • Q&A

Day 4- Thursday, March 21, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Industrial Hygiene- 1 hour
  • Safety and Health Programs- 1 hour
  • Respiratory Protection- 1 hour
  • Fall Protection- 1 hour
  • Combustible Dust Hazards- 1 hour
  • Rubber Mill Safety- 1 hour
  • Specific Chemical Hazards- 1 hour

Day 5- Friday, March 22, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Ergonomics- 1 hour
  • OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting- .5 hours
  • Process Safety Management- .5 hours
  • Review for Exam
  • Exam

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility on Monday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $850

Instructor: Tamara Kerr-Sahli, CHMM, ASP, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Environmental Specialists

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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APRIL CLASSES 

April 8- 10 INTRODUCTION TO LEAN MANUFACTURING, SIX SIGMA & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

April 8- 10, 2019; 8:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

An exciting and hands-on workshop where you will learn the following:

  • 5S
  • 8 Deadly Wastes
  • Process Mapping
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Eliminate Bottlenecks
  • Small Training Kaizens
  • Scrap Reduction
  • Problem Solving
  • Eliminate On-Time delivery issues

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the course.

Cost: $950

Instructors: Michael Vachon, Consultant, MEV Consultants, and Erick Sharp, President & CEO, ACE Products & Consulting LLC.

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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April 11 TODAY'S ISO STANDARDS: WHAT CAN THEY DO FOR YOU?

April 11, 2019; 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

In this course, we will discuss the 5 main ISO Standards and how to implement them into your business. You will receive information on where to go for certification, which ISO standard is right for you, and costs. See below for a detailed list.

  • History of ISO
  • Today’s ISO
  • High-Level Structure
  • Why do I need ISO?
  • What standards are right for me?
  • Overview of the 5 Main ISO Standards
    • ISO 9001:2015 Business/Quality
    • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental
    • ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
    • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
    • ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (Brief Mention/Teaser)
  • How expensive is it to implement an ISO standard?
  • How do I implement a standard?
  • Should I be ISO Certified vs Compliant?
  • Who can certify my ISO program?

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility at the end of the day.  

Cost: $350

Instructor: Thomas Wood, Business Consultant, Quality Management Services.

 Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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April 30 FUNDAMENTALS OF RUBBER TECHNOLOGY

April 30, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Participants can expect to gain a fundamental understanding of rubber materials and processing during this one-day training.  Course content includes:

  • What is rubber and its history
  • Basic polymer chemistry and how to use it
  • Why do engineers use it
  • Differences between rubber and plastic
  • Types of rubber
  • How to select the type of rubber for the application
  • How rubber compounds are formulated
  • How rubber compounds are mixed
  • Rubber curing and its relationship to properties
  • How to test rubber
  • Rubber bonding
  • Rubber molding
  • Improving rubber part quality
  • How to write and interpret a rubber specification

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber
  • Contrast the difference between thermoset rubber and thermoplastics
  • Choose the correct rubber system for specific applications
  • Discuss the most common testing methods used to classify rubber characteristics
  • Describe and contrast the characteristics between different fabrication methods
  • Recognize the importance of cross-link density relative to rubber characteristics
  • Apply the principles presented to create specifications and improve the quality of rubber articles

Who Should Attend: This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber products.  The seminar will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to working, buying or selling this complicated material.   

Prerequisites: It is beneficial to the participant if they have had basic chemistry.

Cost: $725

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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MAY CLASSES 

May 1 SILICONE RUBBER TECHNOLOGY

May 1, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Silicone rubber is comprised of inorganic-organic polymers.  These materials consist of an inorganic backbone with organic side groups attached to silicon atoms.  This family of polymers possesses unmatched versatility giving the formulator and user multiple forms and methods to crosslink the polymers into rubber materials having the widest service temperature range of any rubber material.  This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of silicone’s engineering characteristics.  This class will take you from the creation of silicone from sand through formulating the compound and the various methods by which silicone can be fabricated into useful service articles.  The subject matter will deal with the differences between high consistency rubber, caulks, and the various liquid silicone rubbers. This class is suitable for those individuals having various degrees of knowledge in silicone materials and applications. 

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to:

  • Contrast the differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • Discuss the influences of specific silicone polymer architecture on engineering properties
  • Choose the corrective additives to influence specific performance attributes
  • Recognize the differences between the different types of silicone rubbers
  • Contrast the different silicone rubber curing and fabrication systems
  • Discuss the engineering characteristics the make silicone rubber unique
  • Recognize when to use silicone rubber in an application
  • Apply the principles presented in this course to improve the quality of silicone rubber articles

Who Should Attend: This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber articles manufactured from silicone rubber.  The seminar will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to work, buying or selling this unique material.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of chemistry.

Topical Outline:

  • What are silicones
  • How are they made
  • Differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • What makes silicone rubber unique and when to use it instead of other rubber materials
  • Influence of additives to during construction of the silicone rubber compound
  • Essential differences between high consistency and low viscosity and liquid molding
  • Types and influence of different cure systems
  • Manufacturing of silicone rubber compounds
  • Fabrication technologies
  • Troubleshooting

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information:

ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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May 2 RUBBER MIXING FOR CONSISTENCY

May 2, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This course is designed to provide the attendee with an in-depth understanding of the influence of the mixing process and the characteristics of the mixed compound.  The focus of the training will be on reducing the batch to batch variation commonly associated with batch mixed rubber compounds.   The use the Association of Rubber Products Manufactures Compound Consistency Guideline will be used to walk each aspect of rubber compound manufacture.

Course content includes:

  • Raw material specifications
  • Storage of raw materials
  • Error proofing
  • Weigh-up controls
  • Batch sizing
  • Integrated power mixing
  • In process mixer data and analysis
  • Two roll mill controls
  • Compound properties vs. the mix fingerprint
  • Testing the compound

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $350

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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May 2 HOW TO SET UP A RUBBER MOLDING PROCESS

May 2, 2019; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This program is designed to show how to establish a rubber molding process based on crosslink density.  The course is designed to show the influence of crosslink density on mechanical properties as well as its influence on de-molding.  The overall focus is the design of a rubber molding process that yields the most consistent properties.

Course content includes:

  • Selection of the correct polymer characteristics to match the molding process
  • Understanding curing of rubber
  • How to measure cure state
  • Relationship between cure state and physio-mechanical properties
  • Role of mold temperature and it variation reduction
  • Heat transfer models in predicting cure time
  • Insert molding
  • Selecting mold release
  • Post mold curing
  • Verification of the molding process

 

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $350

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate. 

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May 13 INTRO TO RUBBER TECHNOLOGY

May 13, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This is an introductory level course intended for new to the industry technical and not technical personnel such as technicians, engineers, sales, marketing and support staff.   The course teaches basic concepts and terminology associated with what goes into a rubber compound, how rubber is mixed and processed, and how it is tested.  Included is an overview or each of the major types of rubber and the key attributes of each.  Examples of major applications for each type of elastomers are provided along with the rationale for the selection of one rubber over another in the cited and related applications.  The course follows the general outline of popular texts such as Rubber Technology, 3rd Edition, by Maurice Morton and Basic Elastomer Technology, edited by Drs. K. C. Baranwal and H. L. Stephens.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Polymer Science
  2. Basic Concepts in Rubber Compounding
    1. Basic Ingredients: Elastomers, Fillers, Oils, Process Aids, Age Resistors, Vulcanizers
    2. Compound Mixing Processes
    3. Vulcanization and Processing Tests
  3. ASTM/ISO Standards:
    1. Nomenclature
    2. Specifications and Line Call-Outs
    3. Testing of Elastomers: Strength, Abrasion Resistance, Resistance to Aging, Load Bearing and Dynamic Properties.
  4. Overview of Rubber Processing:
    1. Molding
    2. Extrusion
    3. Calendering
    4. Latex and Solution Processes
  5. Chemistry and Technology of Base Elastomers:
    1. Natural Rubber and Synthetic Polyisoprene
    2. Styrene Butadiene Rubber
    3. Ethylene Propylene Rubber
    4. Butyl Rubber
    5. Nitrile Rubber
    6. Chloroprene (neoprene) Rubber
    7. Polyacrylates
    8. Silicones
    9. Fluoroelastomers
    10. Polyurethane Rubber
    11. Thermoplastic Rubber

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: Dave Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

May 14 RUBBER AND PLASTICS FAILURE ANALYSIS - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

May 14, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

The course is intended chemical technologists, engineers, and quality personnel who, in the course of their work, encounter non-conformances related to rubber and plastic materials or rubber and plastic end products. The course begins with a series of case studies involving failures of rubber and plastic products the instructor has encountered. The discussion includes physical and chemical techniques, the rationale for the techniques selected, and the ultimate outcomes.  Cases studies include ozone failures in elastomers, stress cracking and impact failures in plastics, fatigue failures, chemical degradation, errors in materials used, and more.

ASTM and related testing methods are reviewed including tensile testing, abrasion testing, compression set, and stress relaxation tests, impact tests, and the like.  Predictive methods such as Arrhenius and SN methods are discussed.   Analytical and instrumental methods covered include polymer identification by simple wet chemistry methods as well as more advanced methods such as FT-IR, NMR.  State of cure, microbeam analysis, and chromatographic methods are discussed.

Finally, a series of additional case studies related to a broad range of actual failure analyses including tires, cast polyurethane parts, medical devices, automotive parts, hose and tubing, sporting goods, and the like.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Failure Analysis
  2. Failure Case Studies: 15 Case Studies related to industrial, tire, medical plastics, sporting goods made from NR, SBR, NBR, PU, PC, HDPE, and or ABS.
  3. ASTM Test Methods:  Tensile, Tear, Compressive, Abrasion, Impact, Environmental Stress Cracking, MFI, Capillary Rheology, and the like.
  4. Predictive Testing
    1. Arrhenius Aging Life Predictions
    2. SN Fatigue
    3. Creep Rupture
  5. Analytical and Instrumental Techniques
    1. Polymer ID by Wet Methods, FTIR, NMR
    2. Chromatographic Methods: GPC, HPLC, GC
    3. DMA, TGA and DSC Thermal Methods
    4. Microbeam Analysis
  6. Additional Failure Case Studies involving UV cured adhesive, PU sealant, COPES hose, nylon hose, aircraft brake seals, and the like.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

May 15 CHEMISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY OF POLYMERIC MATERIALS USED IN MEDICAL DEVICES

May 15, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Intended for newcomers to the medical device industry, this course introduces FDA and EU regulations as related to medical devices including the definition of key terminology, an overview of GMP, device classification, listing and approval processes and how to navigate the FDA website to access key resources provided. A broad range of materials is discussed. This includes conventional elastomers such as silicones, natural and synthetic polyisoprene, and polyisobutylene; thermoplastic elastomers such as TPEs, TPVs, POEs, Copolyamides, and TPUs. Engineering plastics such as polyesters, nylons, acetals, polycarbonates, conventional polyolefins, and cyclic polyolefins are discussed. Applications identified include orthopedic devices, ophthalmics, viscoelastic gels, catheters, tubing, stoppers, drapes, syringes, transdermal drug, medical machinery parts and the like.

Course Outline:

  1. Overview of FDA and EU Regulations
    1. Key Definitions
    2. Listings and Approvals
    3. CE Marking, PMN(510K) and PMA( IDE)
    4. GMP/Quality Systems Requirements
    5. Consensus Standards 21CFR820, ISO 13484, and ISO 13485 and USP Class 6 Biocompatibility Tests
    6. The Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998 (BAAA)
  2. Overview of Typical Application of Polymers in Medical Devices
  3. Thermoplastic Elastomers
    1. TPVs, TPOs/Polyblends, POEs
    2. Block Copolymers: TPUs, SBS, SIBS, CoPA, CoPES
  4. Engineering Plastics
    1.  Polyesters
    2. Polyacetals
    3. Polycarbonates
    4. Polyamides (nylon)
    5. Polyether Ketones and Sulfones
    6. Polyolefins: PE, PP, Cyclic Olefins
    7. Fluoroplastics
  5. Conventional Elastomers
    1. Natural Rubber and Polyisoprene (Synthetic)
    2. Polyisobutylenes
    3. Silicones
  6. Polymer Gels
    1. Oil gels
    2. Polymer Gels
    3. Hydrogels
  7. Biodegradable Polymers

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

May 16 POLYURETHANES IN MEDICAL DEVICES

May 16, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This is a practical course dealing with the chemistry and technology of polyurethanes intended for engineers and other technologists, marketing specialists, and sales personnel involved in the medical device industry. Overall, the course provides an introduction to the terminology, overall chemistry and the scope of polyurethanes use in the medical or related pharmaceutical applications. Definitions related to aliphatic and aromatic classifications and relationships among polyester, polyether, polycarbonate, siloxane, and other key backbone types are discussed both chemically and in terms of application to specific devices. Processing methods related to polymerization and end use device fabrication are discussed including extrusion, injection molding, coating processes, and electro-spinning will be presented. Key applications are identified along with pertinent rationale for urethane selection. These include catheters, surgical drapes, wound dressing, vein grafts, spine implants, transdermal drug delivery, adhesive, coatings and the like. Finally, emerging technologies related to urethane technology such as nanomaterials, antimicrobials, new backbone chemistries will be discussed.

Course Outline:

  1. Brief Overview of FDA Regulations
    1. Key Definitions
    2. Listings and Approvals, PMN(510K) and PMA( IDE)
    3. Concensus Standards 21CFR820, ISO 13484, and ISO 13485 and USP Class 6 Biocompatibilty Tests
    4. The Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998 (BAAA)
  2. Overview of Medical Polyurethanes
    1. Key Features of Polyurethanes
    2. Common uses of Polyurethanes in Medical and related Pharmacutical Devices
    3. Intro to Functional Group Chemistry of Polyurethanes
    4. Key Starting Materials
    5. Intro to Key Structure Property Concepts
    6. Urethanes as Adjunctives and Adjuctives to Polyurethanes
  3. Overview of Commercial Polyurethanes
  4. Polyurethane Types:
    1. Aliphatic vs Aromatic Classification
    2. Backbone Types:
      1. Poly (ether)
      2. Poly (ester)
      3. Poly (carbonate)
      4. Poly (siloxane)
      5. Poly (fluoro ether)
  5. Biodurability and Biocompatibility
  6. Key Applications:
    1. Catheters
    2. Orthopedic Implants
    3. Pacemaker Leads
    4. Wound Care
    5. Gels
    6. Transdermal Drug Delivery
  7. Adjuvants for Polyurethanes and Urethanes as Adjuvants
    1. Radiopacifiers and other Common Aditives
    2. Anti-microbials
    3. Anti-thrombotics
    4. Hydrophilic Coatings

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

 

May 17 INTRODUCTION TO RUBBER AND PLASITC MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATION AND ISO 13485

May 17, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

This is an introductory course is intended for rubber and plastic material suppliers and for manufacturers who supply medical device marketers. The course intends to provide attendees with a global view of what is involved in being involved in the medical device supply chain including an understanding of key terminology, standards, and approval processes.  The key elements of the course include US FDA Quality Systems regulation 21CFR820, ISO Quality Management Standard 13485, the material biocompatibility standards ISO 10993 and USP Class 6. Using practical examples such as exam gloves, PEEK spinal implants, and polyurethane catheters; the presenter demonstrates the use of the internet and FDA web site to determine device classification, approval process, and material or part test requirements.

Course Outline:

  1. Overview of Medical Device Regulation: US FDA and EU Medical Device Directive
    1. Background and Scope of FDA 21CFR820 and MMD EU 2017/745
    2. Key comparisons: “FDA approval” vs “CE Marking”
  2. FDA Processes / Prerequisites for Legally Marketing a Device in the US:
    1. Establishment Registration
    2. Device Listing
    3. Premarket Notification (PMN), a.k.a 510K process
    4. Premarket Approval (PMA), a.k.a. IDE process
  3. FDA Classification System for Medical Devices
  4. Quality Systems Requirements and Key Concensus Standards:
    1. FDA Quality Systems Requirements (QSR) 21CFR 820 a.k.a.  “GMP”
    2. ISO 13485 Quality Systems Management Standard
    3. ISO 10993 and USP Class 6 Biocompatibility Standards
    4. Key ASTM/ISO product standards.
  5. Medical Device Materials Act / Raw Material Supply Chain Issues
  6. How to Navigate FDA Website to determine device classification and FDA requirements.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

May 20 INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER SCIENCE

May 20, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Intended for materials scientists, engineers, and technical sales and marketing personnel involved in rubber and plastic materials.  This course is designed to provide, for non-chemical as well as chemical professionals a general understanding of the fundamental polymer chemistry and structure-property relationships as relates to polymers used in rubber and plastics industries.  First, the course covers the fundamental reactions such as free radical, anionic, cationic, nucleophilic addition and coordination polymerizations along with differentiation among chain addition and step addition type of chain formation kinetics. Next, the discussion moves to various types of polymerization engineering processes such as emulsion, solution, bulk, and gas phase polymerizations along with post polymerization processes. The theory of rubber elasticity is discussed in practical terms along with effects of polymer architecture and morphology as a basis for understanding why some polymers are soft and very elastic and others somewhat or very rigid.

A broad range of commercial rubber and plastic type polymers are discussed in terms of basic polymerization reactions, backbone structure and how they are made, along with the identification of key properties and related end uses.  The course follows the teachings from the following: Principles of Polymerization 4th Edition, George Odian, Wiley Publishers and Textbook of Polymer Science 3rd Edition, by Fred W. Billmeyer Jr. John Wiley & Sons

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Macromolecular topography and architecture:
    1. Molecular Weight
    2. Linear vs Branched
    3. Stereochemistry
    4. Copolymers: Alternating,  Segmented Random, Segmented Block, Graft,
    5. Super-macromolecular Architecture: Amorphous, Crystalline, Morphology
    6. Theory of rubber elasticity
  1. Basics of Polymer Synthesis and Relevant Examples:
    1. Chain Addition Polymerizations: Radical, Anionic, Cationic, Coordination
    2. Step Addition Polymerizations
    3. Tayloring Properties with Post Reactor Processes
    4. Polyblends
    5. Compounding
    6. Dynamic Vulcanization
    7. eBeam Crosslinking
    8. Surface Modifications
  1. Chemical / Analytical Characterizations
  2. Synthesis, Structure, Properties, and Typical Applications of Polymers for Thermoplastic Materials:
    1. Commodity Resins: PE, PP, Styrenics, Acrylics, PVC
    2. Engineering Resins: Nylon, Polyester, Polycarbonate, Acetals,, PPO
    3. Specialty and High-Performance Resin: Fluoroplastics, Polyether Ketones,  Polysulfones, Polyimides,
    4. Thermoplastic Elastomers: TPU, Copolyesters, Copolyamides, TPVs, TPOs, Block Copolymers.
  1. Synthesis, Structure, Properties, and Typical Applications of Polymers for Elastomeric Materials:
    1. Commodity Synthetic Rubber: Polyisoprene, SBR, PolyBd and EP/EPDM.
    2. Engineering grade Synthetic Rubber: NBR, CR (neoprene), Polyacrylate, CSM (Hypalon), CPE.
    3. Specialty grade rubber: Silicone, Fluoroelastomers

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

 

 

May 21 PLASTICS MATERIALS SELCTION AND SPECIFICATION

May 21, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

The scope of this course includes thermoplastic elastomers, general purpose plastics and engineering plastics and high-performance engineering plastics.  The course is intended for material specialists, design engineers, tech service personnel, procurement specialists and others who wish to broaden their understanding of polymeric materials and applications.  The course first provides a general overview of plastic materials based on type, economics and key properties.  Next, a general framework for selection, evaluation, and specification is provided in the context of the fundamentals of ISO design processes and guided by ISO, SAE and ASTM standards, recommended practices, and specifications.

Next, case studies of actual plastic failures are used to demonstrate the root causes of many field failures and to demonstrate the importance of proper design control processes and testing. Then finally, a review of the chemistry, technology, key properties, and key applications is presented covering all the major commodity resins, engineering plastics, high-performance engineering plastics, and thermoplastic elastomers.

 Course Outline:

  1. Introduction and Market Overview
  2. Fundamentals of Selection and Specification Process
    1. Key Issues Related to Specification of Material
    2. Design Control Fundamentals: ISO 9001, 13485, 21CFR-820
    3. Consensus Standards: ASTM/ISO Material Specs, ASTM/ ISO Testing Stds, Line callouts.
    4. Laboratory Standard: ISO 17025
  3. Typical Plastics Failures:
    1. Case Studies
    2. Creep Rupture and Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC) of Plastics
  4. Key Testing and Analysis Methods for Plastics
    1. Tensile Properties
    2. Impact Testing
    3. Modulus of Elasticity
    4. Creep Testing
    5. Melt Flow Index
    6. ESCR Testing
    7. Predictive Testing:
    8. Fatigue / Creep
  1. Chemistry and Technology of Plastic Materials – Commodity, Engineering, HP Engineering Types: eg:  PE, PVC, ABS, PP, PS, PA, PES, Acetals, PEEK, PSU, and Fluoroplastics.
    1. Chemical Structures
    2. Key US Suppliers
    3. Key Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses
    4. Typical Applications
  1. Chemistry and Technology of Thermoplastic Elastomers: eg TPO, TPV, SBS/SEBS, TPU, CoPES, and CoPA
    1. Chemical Structures
    2. Key US Suppliers
    3. Key Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses
    4. Typical Applications

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Instructor Bio: Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc.

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc.

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products.

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano-materials, and anti-microbials.

 

JUNE CLASSES 

JUNE 11-12 RUBBER COMPOUNDING FOR DURABILITY - FROM ENDURICA

June 11 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; June 12 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Are you challenged to make your rubber products last longer?  Rubber compounds are complex mixtures of polymers, reinforcing fillers, oils/plasticizers, curatives, stabilizers, and other additives that are combined in relatively quick mixing processes.  Durability is impacted by all these ingredients, their interactions, and the quality of the mixing.  This course will teach compounding strategies to improve the strength and lifetime of rubber components.  This specialized training will benefit materials engineers, compounders, rubber chemists, product development engineers, R&D scientists, and rubber lab managers at manufacturers of tires and rubber parts and companies that supply raw materials.

Day 1: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • Introduction: What types of failure are manifested in your products, and what is durability worth to you?
  • Brief overview of rubber formulations and mixing approaches
  • Testing for durability in the rubber lab: Focus on efficient testing of crack nucleation and crack growth
  • Framework for compounding for durability
  • Polymer selection: Chemical stability, strain-induced crystallization, molecular mobility, polymer blends
  • Crosslinking effects: Effects of type, density, and distribution of cross-links
  • Filler type, dispersion, and reinforcement topics, including processing effects and crack precursors

Course Objectives

  • Understand how rubber fatigue and failure characteristics are influenced by materials selection and compound structural features
  • Learn compounding strategies to improve strength and fatigue lifetime
  • Know the right testing methods to characterize rubber durability efficiently in the lab

Day 2: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Stiffness and deformation control mode
  • Influence of oils, plasticizers, and resins
  • Stabilizing against aging
  • Simulation for materials selection and durability prediction
  • Wrap-up discussions, final Q&A

Format:

The course includes lectures and classroom exercises focused on understanding the fatigue behavior of rubber and developing compounding approaches to improve durability. Lunch and snacks are included.

Cost: $1,280

Instructor: Dr. Chris Robertson

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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Instructor Bio: Dr. Chris Robertson is an international authority on polymer science and rubber compounding for performance. He brings over 15 years of materials research and product development experience at tire and rubber companies and raw materials suppliers.  Chris is co-inventor of 32 patents, co-author of 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and serves as Associate Editor of Rubber Chemistry & Technology.

AUGUST CLASSES 

August 6 & 7 APPLIED RUBBER TECHNOLOGY

August 6 & 7, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

Participants in this training will gain an in-depth knowledge of the engineering characteristics of rubber materials as well as an intense review of rubber systems and how to select them.  Detailed treatments will be provided in the areas of formulating, testing, mixing, and rubber fabrication.

 The course content includes

  •  Rubber engineering characteristics
  • Rubber types
  • Thermoplastic elastomers
  • Building a rubber composition
  • Mixing
  • Testing and writing specifications
  • Rubber bonding
  • Rubber molding

 This course is intended for those who are new to rubber compounding.

 There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

 Cost: $1,100

 Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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APRIL 8 -11 TRAINING BUNDLE - 10% OFF BOTH COURSES

2-COURSE TRAINING BUNDLE
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

  •  Introduction to Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma & Continuous Improvement, April 8- 10, 2019; 8:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Instructors: Michael Vachon, Consultant, MEV Consultants and Erick Sharp, President & CEO, ACE Products & Consulting LLC.
  • Today’s ISO Standards: What can they do for you?, April 11, 2019; 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.,
    Instructor: Thomas Wood, Business Consultant, Quality Management Services.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility.

Cost: $1,170

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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APRIL 30 - MAY 2 TRAINING BUNDLE - 10% OFF ALL 4 COURSES

4-COURSE TRAINING BUNDLE
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

  • Fundamentals of Rubber Technology; April 30, 2019, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Silicone Rubber Technology; May 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Rubber Mixing for Consistency, May 2, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • How to Set-up a Rubber Molding Process, May 2, 2019; 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility.

Cost: $1,935

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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May 13- 17 TRAINING BUNDLE - 10% OFF ALL 5 COURSES

5-COURSE TRAINING BUNDLE
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

  • Introduction to Rubber Technology, May 13, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Rubber and Plastics Failure Analysis – Physical and Chemical Analysis Techniques, May 14, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Chemistry and Technology of Polymeric Materials Used in Medical Devices, May 15, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Polyurethanes in Medical Devices, May 16, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to Rubber and Plastic Medical Device Regulation and ISO 13485, May 17, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility.

Cost: $3,262.50

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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May 20 - 21 Training Bundle - 10% OFF BOTH COURSES

2-COURSE TRAINING BUNDLE
Location: ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266

  • Introduction to Polymer Science, May 20, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Plastics Materials Selection and Specification, May 21, 2019; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility.

Cost: $1,305

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

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