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April 30 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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: $550

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.



April 30
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St.
Ravenna, OH 44266 United States
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