Tuesday, October 2, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)


The Phoenix Club 
1340 S. Sanderson Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806


Jeff Bahash
(562) 944-5354 

More About Our Speakers


Craig Gross, Senior TS&D Scientist for Dow Silicones

Craig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering from Ferris State University in 1993 and started his career in the plastics industry.  In 1996, Craig joined Dow Corning and since then has held various roles related to silicone elastomers, including: process engineering, product development, application engineering and technical service.  Because of his previous experiences within the plastics industry and while at Dow Corning, he has knowledge and expertise in a wide range of materials and fabrication processes used in both the plastics and rubber industries. In his current position, Craig leads a variety of projects and initiatives focused on delivering silicone elastomer solutions meeting customer and industry performance requirements. Through these efforts, he has developed material and application expertise for fluoro and dimethyl silicone elastomers used in the automotive, aviation, industrial, and consumer industries.


Heather Maimone, Membership Director for Rubber Division, ACS

Heather Maimone joined Rubber Division, ACS, in February 2011. She also works as an Executive Assistant at Electric Impulse Communications part time. Prior to this, Heather was the Business Manager at Integrated Surgical Solutions, a subsidiary of Abbott Labs. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and summa cum laude with an MBA at Kent State University. Heather is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, National Association of Professional Women, and the Young Professionals Network. She also has over 5 years of experience managing an inbound and outbound call center and over 15 years of management experience. In April 2018 Heather was promoted to Membership Director. In this role, Heather develops, implements, manages, improves and leads the operations and procedures of Rubber Division Membership directly related to individuals, corporate, student chapters and associated scholarships. She directs activities involving recruitment and retention programs, current and future benefits and developing long-term strategies for targeting and increasing overall membership. She also works closely with the local rubber groups and affiliated technical organizations. Heather serves as the staff liaison to the Membership, 25-Year Club, Service Awards, Scholarship and Student Affairs Committees, and is a member of the Strategic Partnership Committee.

Ray Hetherington, Technical Director for HEXPOL Compounding

Ray graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 1983. Ray earned a Master’s in business administration from Averett University in 2005 and has over 35 years of experience in the rubber industry as a Technical Director. Ray has three U.S. Patents in polymer additives/bonding and seven foreign patents. He is a past Chairman of the Southern Rubber Group, past President of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He is married to Angie and has a 19-year son named Morgan and a 14-year-old daughter named Ainsley. His interests include antique cars, fishing, and hiking.

Kristin Oswick, Sales Director for Rhein Chemie Additives

Kristin has been Sales Director for Rhein Chemie North America since 2017. Prior to Rhein Chemie, Kristin worked for 14 years with Goodyear in Akron, Ohio, in a variety of technical and business roles. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biological engineering from Cornell University.

Oscar Noel, Consultant for Imerys Talc

Oscar graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He received his Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado. His work experience includes 14 years in research and development for Johns Mansville, specializing in fiberglass reinforced plastics and PVC, and two years of consulting for Pacific Numerix Corporation, managing Department of Defense contracts pertaining to military electronics using state-of-the-art computer aid engineering. He has served in research and development department for Imerys Talc for over 30 years, specializing in mineral filled thermoplastics and rubber. He expertise in talc has be published in several Rubber World publications and his papers have published by the Rubber Division, ACS. He holds a patent for surface-treated talc for high modulus TPOs and has been a member of the Rubber Division since 1991.

2018 Technical Conference


This year's Technical Conference is shaping up to be a great success. The following reputable technical representatives have been secured to present these relevant topics...



1:00 PM Registration

1:30 – 2:00 PM HCR Silicone Injection Molding by Ray Hetherington, Technical Director for HEXPOL Compounding

2:00 – 2:30 PM Alternatives for Rubber Chemicals of Potential Concern by Kristin Oswick, Sales Director for Rhein Chemie Additives 

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:15 PM Talc: Synergy with Carbon Black by Oscar Noel, Consultant for Imerys Talc

3:15 – 3:45 PM Stretching Performance of Fluorosilicone Elastomers by Craig Gross, Senior TS&D Scientist for Dow Silicones

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 4:30 PM Rubber Division, ACS: Communicating Division Value by Heather Maimone, Membership Director for Rubber Division, ACS 

5:00 PM


The cost to attend this conference is $25 per person. This cost includes papers, snacks, and all the session materials downloaded to CD.  

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Cerritos CA, 90703

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If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Bahash at or (562) 944-5354.



HCR Silicone Injection Molding
Presented by Ray Hetherington

High Consistency Rubber (HCR) silicone injection molding requires special considerations to manufacture quality parts. The selection of the press, mold design, and gate design are integral to success. HCR silicone processing poses unique challenges when compared with organic polymer based rubber compounds. Part shrinkage, air entrapment, and hot tear are examples of processing matters to be considered.

Talc – Synergy with Carbon Black
Presented by Oscar Noel

The addition or partial substitution of microcrystalline talc for carbon black in thermoset rubber results in significant improvements in processing (such as mold flow) and in mechanical properties (such as elongation at break). The flaw resistance of black compounds is significantly enhanced with talc resulting in added toughness and durability in service. The use of talc improves thermal resistance, permeability, and weathering of black vulcanizates. Talc addition to black compounds can result in non-conductive products to avoid corrosion by electrical conductivity. Talc improves the dispersion of carbon black which can reduce the mixing time by 20% without affecting properties.

Stretching Performance of Fluorosilicone Elastomers 

Presented by Craig Ross

Fluorosilicone elastomer technology continues to evolve and improvements in fluorosilicone base and compound technology are enabling their use in applications requiring the combination of exposure to high temperature, low temperature, and aggressive fluids typically experienced in the automotive and aviation industries. Their ability to achieve low modulus values can open new application opportunities where organic elastomer solutions have low modulus limitations. This presentation will highlight some of the recent developments in fluorosilicone base technology and how the performance of this base technology can be expanded through proper compounding.

Rubber Division, ACS: Communicating Division Value
Presented by Heather Maimone

The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society is an international association of chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals and others in the rubber, polymer or related fields within industry, academia and government. We enhance science, technology and business across the evolving elastomeric community through working to expand the elastomeric profession and individual development through educational, technical and interactive activities. Hear about the many benefits you will receive by engaging with us!