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Plastics Extrusion Processes and Process Engineering

Course description
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 240 South Forge Street, Akron, Ohio 44325
Classroom 217 (Located inside the National Polymer Innovation Center)
Cost: $800.00 USD
CEU's: 0.8
Instructor: Mr. Louis Fow

Course Overview

This course is intended to introduce plastics extrusion process engineering to extrusion operators and supervisors. Process engineering starts with the receipt of material and its inspection and is complete with final inspection of the product prior to shipping.
This course will introduce the student to a range of plastics processes, equipment and includes several case studies in which a study of the process has resulted in changes in the procedures in startup, shutdown and process parameters resulting in easier operation, less scrap and higher quality of product; a more efficient production operation.

Instructor Biography:


Mr. Louis Fow: Senior Executive with 56+ years’ experience in general management, sales and marketing management, plant and production management, purchasing, product, process and market development; all related to plastics industry involvement. Started my plastics career with 6 years of plastics R&D of consumer products. Was involved for 12 years in national and international sales of plastic process equipment; extrusion, injection molding, structural foam molding, thermoforming and plastic welding. Well versed in machine design, screw design and machine fabrication. Have patents for machine design and process. Was in General Management for over 20 years including operating my own extrusion company for 16 years.

Plastics Extrusion Processes and Process Engineering

I - Define “Plastics Extrusion"
a) Extrusion
b) The extruder
1) Single Screw extruders
2) Twin screw extruders

II – Material receipt and preparation

III – Single screw extruders

IV – Some basics of Screw Design

V – Breaker plates

VI – Gear or Melt Pumps

VII – Static mixers

VIII – Barrel Temperature Control

IX – Extrusion dies

X – Extrusion Processes
• Extrusion Compounding Sheet
• Pipe
• Blown film
• Cast film
• Profile
• Fiber
• Extrusion coating
• Wire coating

XI – Other processes using extruders

XII – Discussion and Questions

Case Study


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.


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