Course Detail

Basic Elastomer/Rubber Technician Class

Returning Spring 2015!
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $900.00 USD
CEU's: 1.5
Instructor: Mr. Roop Bhakuni and Mr. Gary Bradnick

Course Overview

This hands-on course is designed for the entry-level rubber technician or as a review.  The course will familiarize the student with formulation construction, discussion of compounding ingredients, operation of laboratory size mixers and mills, and sample preparation. Testing areas such as rheology, viscosity, physical testing, abrasion, and dynamic properties will also be covered. Safety will be key in all topics.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and course overview.
  • Definition of what makes a good lab technician. Production technician vs. research and development technician.
  • Safety
    • Overview of safety issues in the lab
    • Mill safety video and discussion
  • Polymer types. Overview of natural and synthetic polymers and what they are used for. Discuss their physical attributes and how that affects mixing and testing.
  • Filler types. Brief discussion about carbon black types, silica, clay, other non-black fillers
  • Recipe construction. How to set up an excel spreadsheet for mixing in the lab
    • PHR definition and discussion
    • Single pass vs. multiple passes. Conventional mixing vs. specialty mixing.
    • Order of addition. Chemical interactions and what to avoid in multi-step mixing.
    • Calculation of density (specific gravity)
    • Batch volume and fill factor discussion
    • Batch calculations for different Banbury types
  • Weighing of ingredients
    • Scale types and resolution
    • Weighing implements and containers. Bags, cartons, trays.
    • Storage of chemicals, polymers, oils
    • Shelf life, rotation of inventory, disposal
    • Time in APTC lab. Weighing materials
  • Mixing
    • Banbury mixing. Description, operation, maintenance
    • Open mill mixing. Description, operation, maintenance
    • Time in APTC lab. Demonstrate mixing and milling techniques to the group.
  • Sample preparation for specimen preparation
  • Specimen preparation for curing
  • Curing specimens for different tests
    • Test sheets for tensile, elongation, etc. ASTM D3182
    • Specimens for tensile and tear testing. ASTM D412 and ASTM D624
    • Specimens for compression set. ASTM D395
    • Specimens for durometer. ASTM D2240
    • Specimens for oven aging. ASTM D573
    • Specimens for fluid aging. ASTM D471
  • Testing
    • Mooney viscosity / Mooney scorch.  D1626
    • MDR / ODR curemeter
    • Physical testing. Tensile, elongation, modulus. D412
    • Physical testing. Tear. D624 Band C
    • Density. D297
    • Durometer. D2240
    • Compression Set.  D395
    • Air Aging. D573. D865
    • DMA
    • DSC
  • ASTM D2000
    • Explanation of the different classifications
    • Testing conditions for each grouping
    • Explanation of the line call-out and each test condition
  • Wrap up
    • Review of topics covered
    • Questions about things not covered

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.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED AND ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS. EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!

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

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