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Elastomer Engineering CUTTING-EDGE CONTINUING EDUCATION - FA L L 2 0 1 0


Optimize Performance. Inspire Innovation. Elastomer technology is permeating nearly every industry today. To answer increased demands, you must be at the forefront of innovation and efficiency. Thankfully, you’ve found cutting-edge continuing education. From efficiency to extrusion, our comprehensive courses cover essential topics to help you maximize your knowledge, productivity and marketable skills. Each course is led by practitioner instructors who have the real-world experience to ensure your real-life success. They are teachers, innovators and most importantly they are engineers who understand the field. For more details and to learn how we can bring courses to you, contact me at 414-227-3121 or Sincerely,

Murali Vedula

MURALI VEDULA Program Director 414-227-3121 Dr. Murali Vedula worked in engineering at Dow Chemical Company and Structural Composites Industries for several years before joining UWM in 1997. For the past 13 years, Dr. Vedula has used his engineering knowledge and contacts to identify professional development needs, including elastomer and plastics technology, electrical engineering, innovation, mechanical and industrial engineering, and Six Sigma. In response to changing demographics, he has restructured Six Sigma certificate programs to meet the needs of the service industry. In addition, he recently began offering an Office Lean certificate program and has been involved with internal Lean training. His latest emphasis is on innovation. He currently serves on the Board of the Society of Plastics Engineers Milwaukee Chapter.

Engineering Program Director UWM School of Continuing Education

DEBRA O’NEIL Program Associate 414-227-3180 Debra O’Neil has been with the School of Continuing Education for over15 years, nine of which she was a program associate supporting public and corporate Engineering programs. She assists with the coordination of course scheduling, materials assembly, program content, marketing, inquiries and billing. She is customer service oriented and enjoys working with program participants.


TABLE OF CONTENTS - Engineering participant Rubber Technology Molding of Rubber and Design of Rubber Molds ........................4 Rubber Extrusion Technology ......................................................5 Rubber Compounding and Mixing for Performance ....................6 Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication ..........................7


Innovation Accelerated Product Development Using Product Realization............................................................8 Quality/BPI Six Sigma Black Belt ....................................................................9

- Engineering participant Instructors ....................................................................................10 General Information..................................................................11

Learn how to earn a Rubber Technology Certificate 414-227-3121 or visit


Onsite Training ............................................................................Back Cover

Interested in the following programs? Contact Murali Vedula at 414-227-3121 or for more information. • Design of Resilient Products • Dynamic Properties of Rubber Product Performance • Rubber Adhesion: Principles & Practices • Technical Creativity

Rubber. MOLDING OF RUBBER AND DESIGN OF RUBBER MOLDS Gain integrated insight into rubber molding beginning with the flow behavior of thermoplastic and crosslinking materials, and finishing with the behavior of these materials in molding processes. Review methods and equipment needed for successful molding and study current principles and techniques in the design of molds and molded parts. Focus is primarily on the design and molding of mechanical rubber goods with limited reference to tire molding.

Wed.-Fri., Oct., 13-15, 2010* 8am-4:30pm Instructors: John Sommer, Terry Chapin, Richard Steiner, Van Walworth Fee: $1190 CEUs: 2.0 Program No. 4830-8304

Who should attend


Materials and process engineers, rubber mold designers, quality control personnel and managers responsible for these functions. Attendees are encouraged to bring drawings or parts that experience problems in production for discussion by course instructors. Rubber Materials

• Ring Feed

- Shrinkage

• Pin Feed

- Rubber Part Tolerancing

- Types

• Tab Feed

- Mold Debug - How to Solve Molding Problems Through:

- Adhesion - Flow Behavior

• Submarine Gate - Cavity Spacing

Molding Methods

- Mold Construction

- Compression

• Mold Plates

- Blow

• Core Pin / Inserts

- Transfer

• Leader Pins / Bushings

- Casting

• Material Selection

- Injection

• Durability


• Spring Assists - Compression Molds

- Fouling

- Transfer Molds

- Cleaning

- Injection Molds

Mold Design - Design Process Information Gathering - Parting Line Considerations - Overflow Considerations - Part Feeding

Designing of Parts for Manufacturability

- Description



• Sprues

*Same week as Rubber Mini EXPO


- Injection-Transfer - Additional Topics • CAD in Molds Design • Cold Runner Blocks

• Part Redesign • Mold Redesign • Process Modification • Material Changes - Troubleshooting the Rubber Molding Process

Versatile Mold Design for Optimizing Development of Rubber Products - Prototype Considerations - Initial Molding Methods - Use of CAD in Design - Combination Molds - Progressive Molds - Nesting - Special Features

RUBBER EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY Examine all aspects of the rubber extrusion process. Evaluate products from intricate profile extrusions, to tires using composition ranging from a single thermoplastic elastomer to multiple dense and cellular compounds coextruded with carriers and reinforcements.

Who should attend


Materials and process engineers, die designers, quality control personnel, supervisors and managers responsible for these position.

MATERIALS Elastomer Properties - Chemical Structure - Molecular Weight/Distribution - Morphology and Crystallinity - Viscosity (Flow) - Elasticity (Swell) - Scorch

Laboratory Tests for Extrudability - Mooney Viscometer - Processability Testers - Standard Dies (Garvey) - State of Cure Tests

Compound Ingredients - Elastomers - Fillers - Plasticizers and Process Aids - Cure Systems/Nitrosamines

Processing and Compounding - EPDM - Polychloroprene (Neoprene) - SBR/BR - Nitrile Rubber - Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene - Silicone Rubber - Fluoroelastomers

PUMPING EQUIPMENT Screw Extruder - Types (Hot/Cold Feed) - Barrels and Screws - Vented Extruders - Continuous Mixers/Twin Screw Extruders - Feed Devices

Wed.-Fri., Apr. 20-22, 2011 8am-4:30pm Instructors: James Stevenson, John Dick Fee: $990 CEUs: 1.8 Program No. 4830-8302

Ram (Preform) Extruders Auxiliary Devices

- Extrudate Temperature

- Shear Head - Cavity Transfer Mixer - Gear Pump

- Extrudate Contraction

Drives and Transmission Temperature Control SHAPING EQUIPMENT Heads - Inline Heads - Crossheads - Tire Heads - Breaker Plates - Screen Changers

Dies - Types and Design Criteria - Flow - Drawdown - Sheet Dies, Profile Dies - Design Computations - Die Relief Strategies - Finite Element Simulation

DOWNSTREAM EQUIPMENT Continuous Cure (Low Pressure) Batch Cure Hose Manufacture INSTRUMENTATION Instrumented Extrusion Line Temperature Sensors Pressure Sensors Dimension Sensors Weight and Area Sensors Property Sensors OPERATIONS Extruder Dynamics

- Conveyor Operation - Extrudate Curvature

Productivity and Quality - Optimum Conditions - Feed Strip Geometry - Feed Mill Operation - Adjustments on Pin Barrels - Screw and Barrel Wear - Starved Operation - Die Drool

Process Variation and Control - Statistical Process Control - Feedback Control - Size Control - Shape Control - Online Measurement Guide - Commercial Controls

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES Changing Extrudate Shape Switching Feed Streams Directed Flow Technology - Rapid Die Change - Dimensional Control

Multiextruder Control Low Resistance Dies TROUBLESHOOTING Product Geometry Extruder Operation Compound REFERENCES Books Papers

- Flow in Screw Pumps - Operating Curves



RUBBER COMPOUNDING AND MIXING FOR PERFORMANCE Get an intensive overview of rubber compounding and mixing as well as a review of methodologies for solving factory problems. Review latest developments in compounding and mixing technology and procedures.

Who should Attend


Both entry-level and experienced rubber technologists, rubber chemists, process engineers, laboratory managers, supervisors, technicians, shop foreman, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales persnnel, and rubber producers and users.


- Curing Silicone Rubber with Peroxide

- Basics of Formulating

- Advantages of Platinum Cures

- Key Processability Characteristics - Common Factory Problems and Possible Causes

Rubber Testing

- Tangential vs. Intermeshing - Rotor Design - Friction Ratios - Dispersive mixing vs. Distributive Mixing

- Miniature Internal Mixers and Extruders

- Importance of Order of Addition of Ingredients

- Mooney Viscosity - Rheometers - Rotorless Curemeter - Assignable Causes of Variation • Rubber Process Analyzer • ASTM Standard Test Conditions • Rheological Profiles of Raw Rubber • Rheology and State of Mix • Stress Relaxation Tests

General Purpose Elastomers - Different Polymer Backbones

One Pass vs. Two Pass vs. Three Pass Dump Mill, Cooling Batches, Phase Mixing Carbon Black Distribution in a Rubber Blend Filler and Oil Systems - Plasticizer Performance - Carbon Black Oil Balance - Silica, Clay, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide

Rubber Chemicals - Rubber Cure Systems

- Crystallinity on Stretching

- Activators (Zinc Oxide and Stearic Acid)

- Natural Rubber; SBR; Polybutadiene; EPDM

- Sulfur Vulcanization

- EPDM and Sponge Formulations


- Five Categories of Processability Tests

- Rotational Viscometers


Unit 4 Specialty Elastomers

- History


- Blowing Agents - Activator Selection

Wed.-Fri., Nov. 10-12, 2010 8am-4:30pm Instructors: John S. Dick, Peter C. Surette, Sr. Fee: $1290 CEUs: 2.0 Program No. 4830-8301

Compounding for Dynamic Performance Properties - The "Three Ps" - Rubber Compound Economics - The Selection of an Optimal Filler / Oil System - Selection of an Optimal Cure Package

Lab DOEs and Field Trials Introduction to Factory Problems Statistics and Methodologies for Solving Factory Problems - Basic Statistical Methods - Corrective Actions in the Short Term - Strategy for establishing long term solutions to chronic problems - Six Sigma Techniques

Nature and Techniques for Solving Problems in Rubber Compounding and Processing - Changing one-variable-at-a-time technique for improvement of a rubber compound - Applying a Design of Experiment Interactions

Case Studies of Rubber Compounding and Processing Problems

SILICONE ELASTOMERS TECHNOLOGY AND FABRICATION Get a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving, and application areas. Emphasis is on liquid injection molding (LIM/LSR) with detailed information in the areas of material selection, dispensing methods, injection molding process, tool design, and bonding alternatives. This course is presented by a panel of experts in the silicones field, and time is allotted for discussion of specific projects of interest.

Mon.-Wed., Nov. 15-17, 2010 8am-4:30pm Instructors: Mel Toub, John Timmerman, Rick Finnie, Juergen Giesow, Bob Pelletier Fee: $1090 CEUs: 2.0 Program No. 4830-8312

Who should Attend


Both entry-level and experienced rubber technologists, rubber chemists, process engineers, laboratory managers, supervisors, technicians, shop foreman, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales persnnel, and rubber producers and users.

Silicone Elastomer Technology

Tooling Design and Construction

- Silicone Product Categories

- Materials

- Why Silicone?

- Machining Methods

- Silicone Markets and Applications

- Hot Runner vs Cold Runner

- Silicone Manufacturing Process

- Valve Gate vs Open Gate

- Nomenclature

- Venting and Gating

- HCE / HCR Technology

- Cavitation

- LIM / LSR Technology

- Balanced Design

- Testing and Specifications

- Do’s and Don'ts

- Elastomer Properties

Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR / LIM)

Adhesion and Bonding of Silicone Rubber - Definition of Adhesion

- Why Liquid Silicones?

- Types of Adhesion

- Comparison with HCE And TPE

- Measurement of Adhesion

- Process Overview

- Overmolding

- Dispensing Systems

- Two Component Molding

- Injection Equipment

- Surface Modification

- Molding Parameters - Automation

- Troubleshooting

Project Planning

- Demolding

- Material and Equipment Requirements

- Troubleshooting

- Prototyping - Enhanced Functionality - Cost Analysis - Debugging - Customer Communication



Innovation. ACCELERATED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT USING PRODUCT REALIZATION Learn innovative approaches and design processes for developing new products with multidisciplinary teams often located worldwide. Study strategies for optimizing multiple phases of the product realization process including: requirements definition, concept generation, concept selection, prototype generation, design for manufacturing, testing and market penetration. Work on actual new product concepts and discover each phase of the nonlinear process to produce a working prototype.

Mon.-Tue., Aug. 19-20, 2010 8am-4:30pm Instructor: Michael R. Lovell, Dean, College of Engineering, UW–Milwaukee Fee: $790 CEUs: 1.4 Program No. 4830-8501

Who should attend


Engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and technical leaders of new product development, research and development, manufacturing, marketing and supplier management.

Introduction and Overview Course Objectives - Global Landscape of Technology and Innovation

- Potential Failures

- How new techniques were developed

- Concept Screening

- Product Development Exercise

- Concept Scoring

- Team Building Exercise

- Concept Selection exercise

Design for Manufacturing

- Understanding teams

- Understanding product realization from business perspective

- Roles of team members

- Minimize costs while maximizing performance

- Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Project Planning

Prototyping - Role of prototyping in design innovation

- Role and Rules for project planning

- Prototyping processes

- Project planning tools

- When to generate prototypes

- Project Planning Exercise

Developing Project Requirements - Understanding internal requirements - Unique product orientations - Customer needs analysis

Concept Generation - What is a design concept? - Potential Failures

- Concept Selection

- Overview of Product Realization Process

Creating Successful Teams


- Five Step Approach to generating innovative concepts - Concept generation exercise


Testing - Developing robust test plans - Role of failure in innovative design

Penetrating the Market - Making products to gain market niche - Ensuring product safety and reliability

Quality. SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT Six Sigma is a highly disciplined improvement methodology that helps organizations achieve optimal performance in all operations. Learn methods to identify how many “defects” you have in a process and systematically determine how to reduce them to get as close to zero defect as possible.

Module I Tue.-Thu., Sept. 14-16, 2010 Fee: $1295 CEUs: 2.0 Program No. 4830-8101

Who should attend


Anyone wanting to improve quality, identify and reduce sources of variation and reduce the rate of non-conformance in products or services.



Define & Measure

Analyze & Improve

- Overview of Process Improvement Strategies - Why Six Sigma? The DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) Roadmap

- Check sheets and matrix diagrams - Multi-vari analysis for families of variation - Component swapping for large assemblies

- Roles of Champions, Master Black Belts, and Blak Belts

- Brainstorming and cause-and-effect diagrams

- Process mapping – flowcharts

- Multi-voting and decision-making by consensus

- Data collection and sampling techniques - Basic statistics – location versus variation - Control charges – variable and attribute - Control charts for short production runs - Subgroup statistics versus process parameters - Rationale for the 1.5σ symbol

- Regression analysis and scatter diagrams - Comparison testing between “good” and “bad” parts - Analysis of means (ANOM)

Module II Tue.-Wed., Oct. 5-6, 2010 Fee: $1195 CEUs: 1.4 Program No. 4830-8102

Module III Tue.-Wed., Oct. 26-27, 2010 Fee: $1195 CEUs: 1.4 Program No. 4830-8103

Module IV Tue.-Thu., Nov. 16-18, 2010 Fee: $1295 CEUs: 2.0 Program No. 4830-8104 8am-4:30pm Instructor: Davis R. Bothe

MODULE IV Improve & Control - Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals - Analysis of variance (ANOVA)


- Developing feasible solutions

Measure & Analyze

- Solution FMEAs and pilot studies

- Gage capability studies

- Mistake proofing – poka-yoke

- Estimating process parameters

- Advanced control charting concepts

- Short- versus long-term variation - Process and machine capability studies

- Corrective action plans – work instruction

- Converting process performance to a σ level

- Preserving the process knowledge gained

- Effect of the 1.5σ shift on capability

- Kaizen for continuous improvement

- Dealing with non-normal distribution - Rolled throughput yield



Instructors. Rubber. Terry Chapin received his B.S.A.S. from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio in June 1980. He majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Math and Civil Engineering. He is presently a Senior Rubber Technical and Cost Leader at Delphi and has worked as a Tool Engineer at Delphi Packard as well as in the rubber industry for over 25 years. He has held previous engineering positions at Paxson Machine Company, EMCO Wheaton and Commercial Shearing and holds two U.S. patents. Mr. Chapin has been an active technical speaker for university continuing education and onsite locations for over 15 years and is referenced in "Elastomer Molding Technology" by John G. Sommer. John Dick has over 30 years of experience in the rubber industry. He was with BF Goodrich and later Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. as a Section Manager and Development Scientist in R & D until 1991 when he joined Monsanto's Rubber Instruments Group (now Alpha Technologies) as a Senior Marketing Technical Service Specialist. Mr. Dick has authored over 65 journal and magazine publications and four books on rubber technology. John Sommer, a registered professional engineer in Ohio with an M.S. in polymer chemistry, Mr. Sommer has progressively gained wide experience by working with many materials, processes and products over a 50-year career in the elastomers industry. His activities resulted in 45 technical publications and 16 U.S. patents, one of which became the technology base for a new company. Richard Steiner is a Wisconsin Certified Journeyman Tool Designer, having served a four-year apprenticeship.He has worked at Quadra, Inc. for over 20 years and is currently VP of Engineering. Quadra is Wisconsin's largest rubber mold building job shop with customers in 13 states and Mexico. James Stevenson has 35 years of experience in the processing of rubber and plastic. He edited “Innovation in Polymer Processing: Molding� published in 1996. Prior to joining Honeywell in 1996, Mr. Stevenson held various technical and management positions at GenCorp (formerly General Tire) for 18 years and was Director of Research at Trexel, a start-up company commercializing microcellular foam technology. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter Surette joined the rubber industry in 1969 after he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with a B.S. Degree in Plastics Engineering. Mr. Surette has held various positions throughout his career involving laboratory management, compound design, process evaluation, process and product enhancement, laboratory design, compound specification development, procedural and MSDS writings, technical training as well as technical sales and technical service. Pete owns his own consulting business, Focused Solutions, which was established in 2002.



Mel Toub has worked in the silicone elastomers division of Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Silicones) for more than 30 years. He has presented numerous technical papers to ACS, SAE, the International Silicones Symposium, and industry journals and holds several patents in the area of silicone rubber technology. His academic background includes BE and ME degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a well as an MBA also from RPI. Van Walworth is President of Research & Design Specialties, Inc., based out of the Nashville, TN area. Mr. Walworth's professional career spans over three decades as a practitioner of product R&D, tool & equipment design, process establishment and improvement, troubleshooting, project management, and spontaneous creativity. Over his career, Walworth held corporate engineering management positions with several companies including, Parker-Hannifin, Wynn's Precision, Ashtabula Rubber Company, and Thunderline Corp.

Innovation. Michael R. Lovell was hired as Dean of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August of 2008. Dean Lovell has developed unique methodologies that increase the likelihood of a team creating an innovative product from 50-80 percent. Utilizing his methodology, he mentored student teams that developed 224 new products and formed eight companies over a four-year period. He has launched an Institute for Industrial Innovation at UWM.

Quality. Davis R. Bothe has over 30 years of experience working, teaching and consulting in the field of process improvement. His credentials include: ASQ Fellow, IQI certified Master Black Belt, ASQ certified Quality Engineer, ASQ certified Reliability Engineer, member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee 69 on Applications of Statistical Methods. He is author of the quality improvement books "Industrial Problem Solving," "Measuring Process Capability," and "Reducing Process Variation."

General Information. REGISTRATION Phone Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm Central 800-222-3623 (toll free) 414-227-3200 (local)


Fee The fee includes program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. Lodging and other meals are not included.

Lodging You may make your own lodging arrangement at the facility of your choice. Hotel information will be mailed with your enrollment confirmation. When contacting the hotel, mention that you will be attending a University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee seminar to receive a discounted rate.

Cancellations Please call 414-227-4100 at least seven days before the course starts for a refund. Cancellations received less than seven days before the start of the course will be subject to a late cancellation fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts, or you may apply the enrollment fee to a future course. In the event the School cancels a class, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee will reschedule, refund fees or apply the fee payment to any other School of Continuing Education engineering program offered in the next 12 months. Liability of cancellation is specifically limited to the amount of the pre-paid class fee and excludes any incidental or consequential damages.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) All programs in this catalog carry Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are a means of recognizing and recording satisfactory participation in nondegree programs. One CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours (or equivalent) in an organized continuing education experience. All CEUs earned through the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Continuing Education noncredit programs become a part of your permanent record.

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For Further Information Contact Murali Vedula at 414-227-3121 or

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Fall 2010 Plastics Engineering Catalog  

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education

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