4-Part Workshop: Failure in Plastics

Artificial Intelligence for Polymer Development and Processing


Failure in Plastics 



All workshop days are from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

April 22, 2024
April 24, 2024
April 29, 2024
May 2, 2024

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Nonmembers $1,000

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This 4-part workshop series will cover a considerable range of topics important in understanding, diagnosing, and preventing plastic component failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is by performing a systematic failure analysis. Someone once said, “If you don’t know how something broke, you can’t fix it,” highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed. This workshop will cover information required to gain this understanding.

At the end of the workshop, the attendees will understand:

  • Essentials of how and why plastic components fail,
  • The process for conducting a failure investigation and methods for understanding the mode and cause of product failure,
  • The five factors affecting plastic part performance,
  • The major plastic failure mechanisms,
  • The importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure,

The workshop will focus on practical problem-solving techniques and will utilize case studies to illustrate key aspects of plastic failure and prevention. Through the course we will explore efficient and effective methods for responding to a failed plastic component.

Target Audience

Target audience are those responsible for the design and quality of plastic components and equipment using plastic parts. This includes automotive, medical, appliance, aerospace, electronics industries. Typical titles would be plastic engineers, engineering managers, quality engineers, reliability engineers, and design engineers.


Jeffrey A. Jansen
Engineering Manager
The Madison Group

Jeffrey A. Jansen is the Engineering Manager and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jeff is a proven plastic professional with more than 30 years of experience solving problems and addressing opportunities related to polymeric materials. He specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials. Jeff has performed over 5,000 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. He is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology. Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Why Should You Attend?

Risk Management: Learning about failures equips individuals with the knowledge to identify and mitigate potential risks. Proactive risk management is crucial for making informed decisions and ensuring the success of projects and initiatives.

Professional Development: Attending workshops focused on industry failures enhances professional skills and expertise. The knowledge gained can be applied in various roles, contributing to career growth and development.

Product Development and Quality Assurance: Individuals involved in product development and quality assurance can benefit by understanding common failures in plastics. This knowledge aids in designing more robust products and implementing effective quality control measures.

Questions? Contact:

For questions, contact Iván D. López.

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