Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM EDT
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:30 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 

Beginner: Compounding, Testing and Mixing 

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

Tour: 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.