SPE Precision Extrusion TopCon


Agenda — Tuesday, June 21

All times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Fundamentals of Extrusion Session (Optional)

12:00PM – 5:00PM

Opening Remarks and Presentations

  1. Rheology in Polymer Processing
    Eldridge Mount, EMMount Technologies, LLC
  2. Single Screw Extruders: Screw Design Practicalities
    Tim Womer, TWWomer and Associates, LLC
  3. Twin Screw Extruders: Co-rotating and Counterrotating Theory, Tips and Test Results
    Charlie Martin, Leistritz Extrusion
  4. Fundamentals: Blown and Cast Film Dies
    Karen Xiao, Macro Engineering
    Olivier Catherine, Cloeren Inc.
  5. Fundamentals: Profile Extrusion
    Steve Schick, Teel Plastics
  6. Design of Experiments (DOE) – “A Tutorial”
    John Wagner

Agenda — Wednesday, June 22

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Conference Day 1

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

9:00AM – 5:00PM


  1. KEYNOTE: Extrusion Process Analytics — From Reactive to Proactive
    Robert Armstrong, Kuraray America
  2. Screw Designs to Minimize Gel Formation
    Mark Spalding, Dow Chemical Company
  3. Improving Extrusion System Productivity Using Digital Technology
    John Christiano, Davis Standard
  4. Application of Simulation Towards Extrusion Process Troubleshooting
    John Perdikoulias, Compuplast NA
  5. Using Self Service Industrial Analytics for Inline Monitoring Improving Extrusion Processes
    Christina Linne, TrendMiner
  6. The Smart Factory: Making Your Existing Factory More Intelligent
    Shane O'Callahan, TSM Control Systems
  7. Key Considerations for Selecting a Blending and Material Handling System
    Paul Carter, Advanced Blending Solutions
  8. New Concept for Melting in Single Screw Extruders
    Jeff Myers, Barr Inc.
  9. Development in Film Extrusion Technologies
    Mark Wodrich, Macro Engineering
  10. Key Factors for Successfully Integrating Twin-screw Compounding with the Extrusion Process
    Paul Andersen, Coperion
  11. The Application of Digital Technology Related to Quality Analysis — Counterrotating Twin Screw Extruders
    Mike Puhalla, Milacron
Reception: Mix and meet with industry experts!

Agenda — Thursday, June 23

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Conference Day 2

Opening Remarks
9:00AM – 5:00PM


  1. KEYNOTE: Extrusion Opportunities for Polymer-Graphene Composites
    Tom Nosker, Rutgers University
  2. Simulation of Cooling, Shrinkage and Distortion in Profile Extrusion
    Mahesh Gupta, Plastic Flow
  3. Virtual Pressure Measurement for Medical nano-scale Extruders
    Kevin Slusarz, US Extruders
  4. PVC Profile Extrusion Nuances Techniques
    Dan Cykana, Extrusion Solutions, LLC
  5. Advancements for Online Process Measurement and Control for Films and Coatings
    Ted Schnackertz, NDC Technologies
  6. A Biobased, Biodegradable and Barrier Solution for Sustainable Packaging
    Kevin Laux, Kuraray America
  7. New Technologies in Extrusion Gear Pumps
    Pablo Vaca, MAAG
  8. Energy Efficiency Considerations for Extrusion
    Joe Dziedzic, ACS
  9. Multi-screw extruders: why your extruder needs more than two screws
    Adam Dreiblatt, CPM Century Extrusion
  10. Counter-rotating twin screw extruders for PVC pipe processes
    Haikun Xu, Krauss-Maffei
  11. Devolatilizing Extruder MRS as an Alternative for PET Recycling Applications
    Bill Lewis, Gneuss

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