Polymer Compounding, Formulating, and Testing of Plastics, Rubber, Adhesives, and Coatings - 3 Day Course

Course Number: AP3228
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,800 USD
CEU's: 2.25
Instructor: John S. Dick

Course Overview

A survey course designed to help chemists and nonchemists alike become familiar with the compounding and formulating of materials used in the polymer industries: i.e. plastics, rubber, adhesives, and coating industries. Compounding materials are studied and compared by general class and function. Also, comparisons are made among similar materials used in different polymer industries. Technology transference from one industrial use to another is encouraged. The following are included in this course: Introduction and Discussion of Polymer Chemistry; Overview of Plastics Compounding; Overview of Rubber Compounding: Review of Adhesives Compounding; Overview of Coatings Formulating.

A photocopy of the 288-page text book Compounding Materials for the Polymer Industries: A Concise Guide to Polymers, Rubbers, Adhesives, and Coatings, by John S. Dick, is included in the price of the course.

Compounding Materials for the Polymer Industries

Course Outline

Day 1


  • Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Basic Principles
  • Compounding
  • Functional Uses
  • Thermoplastic Resins - (PE, PVC, PS, PP, ABS, MMA, PET, Cellulose Acetate, Nylon, PC, Polyacetal, PPO, Polysulfone, TFE)
  • Thermosetting Resins - (PF, UF, MF, Unsaturated Polyesters)
  • Fillers and Reinforcements
  • Coupling Agents
  • Flame Retardants
  • Plasticizers
  • Lubricants
  • Heat Stabilizers
  • Antioxidants
  • Curing Agents
  • Colorants
  • Impact Modifiers
  • Alloys
  • New Processes

Day 2


  • History
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Compounding
  • Elastomers (NR, SBR, BR, IR, EPR, NBR, CR, CSM, IIR, CIIR, CO, ECO, FKM, Q)
  • Curatives, Fillers and Reinforcing Agents
  • Softeners
  • Antidegradants (Antioxidants, Antiozonants, Waxes)
  • Tackifiers
  • Flame Retardants
  • Colorants
  • Blowing Agents
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers


  • Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
  • Basic Principles
  • Functional Uses
  • Reactive Type Base Polymers (Epoxy, PUR,Cyanoacrylates, PF, RF, UF, MF)
  • Thermoplastic Type Base Polymers (PE, EVA, EEA, EAA, SBS, SIS, PA, PVB, Polyvinyl Ethers)
  • Elastomeric Base Polymers (NR, SBR, IIR, NBR, CR, XNBR, Polysulfides)
  • Natural Base Polymers (Animal and Fish Glues, Casein, Starch, Dextrin, Cellulose Derivatives)
  • Tackifiers (Rosins, Hydrocarbon Resins, Phenolic Resins, Polyterpenes)
  • Solvents
  • Fillers
  • Plasticizers
  • Hardeners
  • Thickening Agents


  • Markets
  • History
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Basic Principles
  • Formulating
  • Binders (Drying Oils, Oleoresinous Binders, Alkyd Resins, Acrylics, Vinyl Resins, SB Binders, PUR, Epoxy Resins, Amino Resins, Cellulose Binders)
  • Solvents
  • Pigments
  • Additives
  • Driers
  • Antiskinning Agents
  • Thickeners and Thixotropes
  • Biocides
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Plasticizers
  • Surfactants
  • Defoamers
  • Coalescing Agents
  • Freeze-Thaw Stabilizers
  • Anti-Rust Agents
  • pH Buffers

Course Registration

General Course Registration:
Download a Printable Registration Form [PDF].

Registration Information:
Registration for a class is due three weeks prior to the scheduled class date.

All registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. COURSE FEES ARE DUE PRIOR TO ATTENDING.

All registrations whether by phone, fax or mail will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policies.

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