Industry professionals involved with the selection of appropriate engineering resins, including product designers as well as sales and marketing engineers who want to keep current with the various competitive materials in the marketplace. It will also appeal to processing engineers who are responsible for integrating material and design selection with processing demands, processing technology options, economic concerns for material costs and the ability to reuse regrind/recycled material with virgin product.
A brief review of current commodity resins will preface an in-depth outline of the significant chemistry, properties, and processing advantages and limitations of the most recent generation of engineering and high-performance polymers (Note: no formal education in chemistry is required to take this seminar). Each material will be discussed for commercial applicability, competitive positioning, and marketplace opportunities. Future trends in property enhancement, via alloying/blending as well as additive technology, will be emphasized. Materials will be discussed for commercial applicability, competitive positioning, and marketplace opportunities. An abbreviated listing of amorphous and crystalline engineering resins and specialty polymers reviewed in this lecture series includes:
These resin families will be compared to the other engineering polymers; competitive advantages will be stressed and inherent limitations will be discussed for economic alternatives. Representative examples of commercial products will be continuously discussed in order to position each material against other commercial candidates. In addition to the lectures, there will be scheduled demonstrations of advanced testing and polymer characterization techniques.