Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266 



  Christie Robinson, M.Ed.
  Director of iLearn Innovation Institute                        ACE Products & Consulting LLC 

Fundamentals of Rubber Technology 

What to expect

Participants can expect to gain 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.

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.