WEBINAR: Experimental Methods to Determine Thermoformability

January 26, 2022 at 11:00am-Noon EST
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New materials, advances in processing machinery, and the increasing demand for packaged goods are driving the growth of the thermoforming industry, which is expected to grow at 5.4% AGR between 2019-2023.

The simple-looking thermoforming process is a complex interplay between– heating, stretching, and cooling. The material properties, processing mode, process parameters, and tool material can affect the functional and economic outcome.  The gains made by the low tooling cost, shorter lead time, and rapid change-over can easily be lost in running expensive trials and continuous process adjustments.

Therefore, it is essential to understand the material response to process conditions by measuring and reporting properties relevant to the thermoforming. In this presentation, properties affecting thermoformability and various tests used in the industry will be discussed, and lessons learned from testing will be presented.

About Speaker

Amit Dharia, Ph.D., Transmit Technology Group, LLC, Plastics Testing, Failure analysis, Contract R&D

Dr. Amit Dharia is a Plastics Industry expert with 35+ years of experience as a research engineer/entrepreneur. After getting his M.E. from Steven Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, he worked in R & D for various corporations. In 1999, he founded a contract R & D and testing lab catering to a domestic and international clientele. His work has resulted in several innovative technologies with applications in construction, automotive, consumer, and electrical products.  He holds 20+ issued patents and has authored 27+ technical conference publications.  He actively participates in SPE’s online blogs, and for his contributions, he was awarded a Platinum Ribbon. He is a current member of the EPSDIV board and a registered Patent Agent since 2006.

Amit has published several articles related to Thermoformability in SPE Thermoforming Quarterly and has presented at Thermoforming Division’s Annual conferences.

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