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The SPE Library contains thousands of papers, presentations, journal briefs and recorded webinars from the best minds in the Plastics Industry. Spanning almost two decades, this collection of published research and development work in polymer science and plastics technology is a wealth of knowledge and information for anyone involved in plastics.

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Infusing Your Designs With Emotion
Jeevak Badve, May 2019
What makes a product successful? It’s always a blend of both functional and emotional attributes that together create beauty in a product. Let’s discuss these attributes and their proper application in the entire spectrum of the product design and development process. This webinar focuses on the forces influencing a product, including the ecosystem in which it exists, the unspoken needs and unarticulated desires of the end users, and the demands of the multiple stakeholders along the creative supply chain. Only with an understanding of all these elements can we determine what beauty means in a product and how it can solve the right problem beautifully.
Patent Law Fundamentals For Scientists, Engineers and Managers - Part 1
Robert Migliorini, April 2019
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.
Resumes 101 – You’ve Written Your Resume, Now What!
David Peterson, April 2019
This webinar will focus on resume development, looking for job opportunities, networking, interview types and tips, getting offers and more.
Basic Rubber Technology
Jeffrey Jansen, April 2019
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.
Conversations That Matter: Managing Accountability - Expecting and Getting Top Performance
Rick Lepsinger, February 2019
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?
How Data Driven Automation Can Help You Diagnose and Solve Production Quality in 20 Minutes
Peter Brand, February 2019
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.
Creep Failure of Plastics
Jeffrey Jansen, February 2019
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:
  • Introduction to Creep
  • Plastics Failure Mechanism
  • Creep Failure Mechanism
  • Generalizations of Creep
  • Creep Testing and Lifetime Projection
  • Creep Failure Case Studies
Budgeting 101 - Can I Afford That?
Jeremy K. Dworshak, January 2019
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?!
Strengthening Your Emotional and Social Intelligence
Jackie Kindall, January 2019
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.
How Cooling Line Layout and Mold Design Influence Plastic Part Cost and Performance
Erik Foltz, January 2019
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. 
Materials for Medical Applications
Dr. Vipul Davé, December 2018
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.
Thermal Analysis in Failure and Compositional Analysis
Jeff Jansen, December 2018
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:
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Thermomechancial Analysis (TMA)
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
Feel Good, Look Good, For Life ... as You Excel in Business
Angela Gaffney, November 2018
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. 
Ductile to Brittle Transitions in Plastics
Jeff Jansen, October 2018
Goals: To address questions that arise regarding plastic component failure:
  • Why do I experience sudden unexpected failure in my plastic components? 
  • Why do the properties of my plastic parts change?
  • Why do I get brittle failures in my ductile material?
Impossible to Inevitable: The Opportunities that Autonomous Vehicles Offer for Plastics Applications
Pat Toensmeier, October 2018
The future of autonomous vehicles and the roles of plastics
Thermally Conductive Plastics
Luca Posca, September 2018
Improving design with thermally conductive compounds. From adimensional numbers to graphite orientation driven local thermal conductivity
Exceptional Presentations Skills in Spite of Powerpoint
Mark Jones, June 2018
How to make better presentations and engage your audience more.
Wear of Plastics
Jeffrey A. Jansen, June 2018
Goal: To address questions that arise regarding wear within plastic components
  • What causes plastic parts to wear?
  • What is friction, and how is it different than wear?
  • Can I test my material to predict wear?

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