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Enhancing Cross Functional Team Performance
Today, more and more companies are adopting cross-functional team structures that reward collaborators over "lone wolves." Members of these teams often have complex reporting relationships, rather than a single boss, which makes it essential for goals to be aligned across departments or teams. In matrix organizations, where team members represent various departments/functions, the lines of decision-making are often blurred; it’s not always clear who is in charge, or who has the ultimate decision-making authority. In many cases, team leaders lack the skills to boost cooperation and communication within their teams, and team members often lack the skills to collaborate effectively. Join Rick Lepsinger, Managing Partner of OnPoint Consulting for an exciting webinar during which you will:
Five Myths About Material Recycling
The debate about plastics recycling has entered the public arena, with implications for processors, material scientists, business owners, and policy makers. We have seen plastic bans and the introduction of alternative packaging materials, some of which have larger environmental footprints of the plastics they are replacing. Can paper be recycled indefinitely? Is foam impossible to recycle? In this webinar, Kelvin Okamoto, will identify 5 myths of materials recycling and present real-world examples and case studies to illuminate the complex truths of this increasingly important topic.
Wear of Plastics
Goal: To address questions that arise regarding wear within plastic components
Exceptional Presentations Skills in Spite of Powerpoint
How to make better presentations and engage your audience more.
Thermally Conductive Plastics
Improving design with thermally conductive compounds. From adimensional numbers to graphite orientation driven local thermal conductivity
Impossible to Inevitable: The Opportunities that Autonomous Vehicles Offer for Plastics Applications
The future of autonomous vehicles and the roles of plastics
Ductile to Brittle Transitions in Plastics
Goals: To address questions that arise regarding plastic component failure:
Feel Good, Look Good, For Life ... as You Excel in Business
SPE Webinar Series - Feel Good, Look Good, For Life ... As You Excel in Business, presented by Angela Gaffney on 11/7/2018. Angela is the best-selling author of Feel Good, Look Good, For Life, a Certified Health Coach and Professional Speaker, who’s inspired thousands to achieve health as they excel in their career. Her story of perseverance will inspire you, and her simple strategies will have you on the path to achieving your health goals with ease. More information at www.angelagaffney.com.
Thermal Analysis in Failure and Compositional Analysis
SPE Webinar Series - Thermal Analysis in Failure and Compositional Analysis, presented by Jeff Jansen on December 6, 2018. Thermal analysis is an important group of tests used in the analysis of plastics and other polymeric materials. It consists of a family of well-established techniques that evaluate material properties as they change with temperature, time, and ambient environment under conditions of thermal programming. The results of thermal analysis tests provide qualitative and quantitative information about the material being evaluated. In particular, this information is important to address plastic failures or in characterization of the material composition and physical properties. The webinar on thermal analysis will introduce the four primary techniques:
Materials for Medical Applications
SPE Webinar Materials for Medical Applications presented by Dr. Vipul Davé on December 13, 2018. Development of novel polymer systems has led to several innovations that have profoundly influenced the future of medicine. Polymers are widely used in many medical devices for short-term and long-term applications and the properties of these materials must be tailored for the intended use. There is always a need to modify existing materials or develop new materials to meet the challenging demands of new medical devices. The presentation will provide an overview of the selection criteria of materials that are used for medical applications, and examples will include materials that are used in cardiovascular, orthopedic, surgical and drug delivery devices.
How Cooling Line Layout and Mold Design Influence Plastic Part Cost and Performance
Cycle time optimization is often one of the main objectives when designing and constructing the mold. However, the majority of a molding cycle is often dictated by the cooling time. Therefore, it is strange that in the mold design process the integration and design of the cooling line layout and high conductivity inserts is often left toward the end of the design process where the design envelops has been drastically reduced. It is also commonly believed that the placement of the cooling lines is the only driver for properly cooling the part, and its design only influences the manufacturability of the part. This presentation will highlight the importance of all aspects of the mold cooling design on molding efficiency, and will also highlight how decisions on this design aspect of your mold actually influence the end performance of your plastic part. These points will be illustrated through practical engineer calculations and validated through case studies. Erik Foltz is a Senior Managing Engineer at The Madison Group, an independent plastics consulting firm located in Madison, WI. At The Madison Group, Erik assists designers, engineers, and molders with optimizing their plastic part design for manufacturability and performance.
Strengthening Your Emotional and Social Intelligence
Studies show that higher levels of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are what separates top performers from average performers. And emotional and social intelligence impacts almost everything we say and do! When professionals build and leverage their emotional and social intelligence, they are better equipped to develop rewarding strategic partnerships, increase their influence and boost their performance. In this webinar, we will cover what emotional and social intelligence (EQ) is, why it is critical, and, most importantly, a few tips on how to increase it. Discover what it takes to boost your performance and build and maintain extraordinary relationships at work and at home.
Budgeting 101 - Can I Afford That?
You’re nearing graduation; Yeah!
Cannot wait to start getting multiple job offers; double Yeah!
Now you have multiple job offers; oh Crap!
How do you choose which one to pick; double Crap! Hopefully this webinar will help put some quantitative decision making around a very complex choice: what job offer will you choose to start your career and how do you know you’ll make enough money to thrive?!
Creep Failure of Plastics
Creep is the tendency of a polymeric material to deform permanently under the influence of constant stress, as applied through tensile, compressive, shear, or flexural loading. It occurs as a function of time through extended exposure to levels of stress that are below the yield strength of the material. Given sufficient time, this can lead to creep rupture, the failure within a material as a result of continuously applied stress at a level below the tensile strength. Plastic materials are particularly prone to creep rupture through exposure to static stresses, and a recent study indicates that 22% of plastic failures are associated with creep. The relatively high frequency of creep failure is linked to the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of the effects of time on polymeric materials, particularly at the design stage; the unique difference in time dependence between polymeric materials and metals; and the increasing use of plastic materials in diverse applications with longer time demands. The concept of creep is extremely important to manufacturers and users of plastic components. This webinar will cover:
How Data Driven Automation Can Help You Diagnose and Solve Production Quality in 20 Minutes
For manufacturers, the value of production data analytics is clear: better process improvement, increased operational efficiency, and reduced cost. Yet, some plastics manufacturers are still skeptical of digital transformation. They're unsure how intelligent industrial automation solutions provide immediate benefits to the factory floor. In this webinar, you will learn how the latest intelligent solutions not only break down the path to Industry 4.0 success, but also how the data provided by these solutions can help you solve your production problems in a matter of minutes.
Conversations That Matter: Managing Accountability - Expecting and Getting Top Performance
An organization’s ability to manage accountability is key to its success. Among top-performing organizations, 77 percent of leaders reported employees of all levels are held accountable for results, according to an OnPoint Consulting survey. Only 44 percent of leaders said this was true at less successful organizations. Learn how to recognize and measure accountability, manage accountability more effectively and evaluate how well your team or organization is performing in this area. Many leaders would say they want to create a culture of accountability, but what does this look like when it’s put into practice? How can you measure accountability within your team or organization? What are some challenges that keep you from holding others accountable? How do you respond to someone who makes excuses?
Basic Rubber Technology
This webinar will introduce the attendees to the basics and most important topics related to thermoset rubber compounds. About 15 billion kilograms of rubber are produced ever year. Rubber finds its way into wide range of applications in the automotive, medical, appliance, electrical, and chemical industries. As a class of materials, rubber has many useful properties because of its unique molecular structure. These include being soft and relatively flexible, high ultimate elongation coupled with good elastic recovery, useful over a wide temperature range, and good chemical resistance. Topics include: Introduction to polymers — how rubber is different than plastic, overview of rubber properties, how rubber compound recipes are created, the essentials of rubber mixing and molding, and specific rubber compounds.
Resumes 101 – You’ve Written Your Resume, Now What!
This webinar will focus on resume development, looking for job opportunities, networking, interview types and tips, getting offers and more.
Patent Law Fundamentals For Scientists, Engineers and Managers - Part 1
This webinar is intended as an introductory primer in patent law and practice for scientists, engineers and managers involved in business and technology. The webinar provides an overview of patent protection and trade secret protection. The webinar also covers the fundamentals of how to identify, and document an invention, search for patents related to the invention, and apply for a patent application. In particular, attendees will become familiar with the types of patent applications, patentability requirements, the parts of a patent application, and the prosecution process for getting a patent application allowed before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Attendees will also become familiar with foreign filing of patent applications, post grant patent options including mechanisms for challenging a U.S. patent before the USPTO, the various types of patent opinions and patent litigation. No prior knowledge of patent law is required.
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