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Basic Elastomer/Rubber Technician Class

Course# Date Time Location

Coming Soon

Cost: $900.00 USD
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Bob Seiple

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.

  • 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
  • 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.
    • 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
  • Lab Mixing
  • Banbury mixing.
  • 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


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

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 Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, 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 Technology Services 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 policy.