Webinars

PlasticsToday regularly produce webinars on a wide variety of topics important to plastics professionals.

Featured Webinars

5 Reasons to Celebrate Dry Ice in the Plastics & Rubber Industry

December 16, 2014 @ 2PM ET

This webinar discusses the various uses of dry ice in plastics & rubber industry, from why it is the industry benchmark of cleaning molds at operating temperatures while they are still in the machine; deburring & deflashing plastic parts; surface preparation of plastic parts before painting; and screw cleaning. The attendee will achieve a benchmark understanding of how the process works and insight on how to reduce operating costs; increase product yield; improve part quality, environmental quality & worker safety; as well as extending the asset life of the mold.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Cold Jet, LLC

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Archived and On Demand Webinars

The following webinars are available on demand, follow the links to access archived content. To access the archived editions of the webinars, click on the headlines above. It will take you to a registration page. If you've already registered or attended the event, just put your email address in the grey box above the registration form and select "log-in". If you haven't previously registered for the event you've selected, you will need to fill out the full form to access the viewing/audio archive. Once logged-in to the viewing/audio console, you can view the archived event. If you're just looking to download the slides of an archived event, select "download slides" on the viewing console.

Purging for Blow Molding: Basics

October 15, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Regardless of blow molding application or platform, all molders experience forces to keep scrap rates and total costs down, while keeping quality high. Commercial purging compounds (CPCs) allow molders to changeover with less resin, less scrap, and less labor. CPCs are also extremely effective in fighting contamination, be it carbon or color contamination. Keep your margins healthy by implementing a purging program.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: ASACLEAN - Sun Plastech Inc.

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Improve Ink, Adhesive & Coating Bonding to Plastics with In-line Plasma & Flame Surface Treating

October 9, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Attend this webinar and discover how atmospheric plasma and flame surface treaters are providing manufacturers with green and economical solutions for improving adhesion on plastics. Learn how to eliminate hazardous chemicals, expensive chemistries and laborious processes with in-line surface treatment.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Enercon

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FDM & PolyJet: Similarities and Distinctions

October 8, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet are distinctly different, yet they have much in common. To help you understand which 3D printing technology best meets your needs, Fred Fischer, director and former applications engineer for Stratasys, will share his insights on FDM and PolyJet. He will cover operations, output qualities and material offerings.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor:
Stratasys

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Mold Qualifications/Validations: Using Scientific Molding Techniques

September 18, 2014 @ 2PM ET

This webinar will show a step by step method to optimizing a new mold to produce consistent parts in any machine with acceptable clamp and shot capacity. With this qualification in hand, there is no excuse for rejected parts, slower cycles, or excessive maintenance such as beaten down parting lines and clogged vents.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Stratasys

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How to Control the Color of Plastic More Efficiently Using SPC

September 9, 2014 @ 2PM ET

In this webinar, viewers will learn how to recognize and analyze variability in production processes where color is an important added value. Various tools and techniques for dealing with process and measurement variability will be explored along with examples from the industry. In addition, viewers will take away practical methods for applying six-sigma DMAIC methodology to discover and correct critical issues affecting color quality, leading to improved efficiency, product consistency, and reduced waste.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Konica Minolta

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Steps to Take When Specifying and Purchasing a Mold

August 27, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Specifying and purchasing a tool is a team effort and a complex project. It is never as simple as writing a generic RFQ, choosing the low bidder, and then calling the supplier up two weeks before the project is due in the hopes there is a mold capable of boosting your profits. This webinar will show what to consider in order to successfully purchase a mold.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Stratasys

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Troubleshooting Injection Molded Defects

July 31, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Definition: TROU’BLE’SHOOT’ING (noun)…”Finding and eliminating problems…the act or process of identifying and eliminating problems or faults.” Key words in the definition are IDENTIFYING and ELIMINATING.

Too often in injection molding operations these two acts are seldom completed. Sure...the defect is IDENTIFIED (flash, splay, sink, etc.) but no further in depth investigation is performed. This process of "fixing" generally never ELIMINATES the problem...and is just a temporary solution based on past experience or a generic troubleshooting guide.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Epicor

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Why Doesn't It Work? How to Properly Design/Specify a Manufacturable Part

July 28, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Designers literally spend hours of their professional education on plastic parts: "wash" it through a simulation, 3-D print a prototype, and more. The designer and engineer should be working closely together to determine what technology the product can be most efficiently produced. This webinar will discuss topics that should be considered before simulation and prototype phases.

Hosted by: PlasticsToday
Sponsor: Stratasys

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The Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion

May 12, 2014

During the one-hour presentation, extrusion expert Allan Griff will explore such topics as:

  • why the material moves forward through the screw(s),

  • where the heat to melt comes from,

  • the need for speed reduction,

  • the importance of the rear barrel section,

  • why material cost is critical and power cost much less so,

  • the "vital signs" (measurements),

  • the components of output rate, and,

  • the dependence of viscosity on flow rate in dies and screw channels/clearances. 

Industry newcomers and seasoned pros alike are certain to learn a few tips that can be put into practice immediately.

Hosted by: Plastics Today
Sponsors: Davis Standard and Tinius Olsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 6, 2014 @ 2PM ET

The use of commercial purging compound (CPC) has become more common over the years. However, a recent survey suggests that less than 50% of plastics processors are using a CPC. Why are some plastics processors still hesitant to use a CPC? Most of the time it's due to the lack of enough understanding about CPC's. This webinar provides a complete overview of CPC and its benefits. Discussion points will include types of purges, applications and cost savings benefits.

Hosted by: Plastics Today
Sponsor: Asaclean - Sun Plastech Inc.

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3D Printed Rapid Tools for Injection Molding

Original Broadcast: Feburary 26, 2014 @ 2PM ET

Learn how 3D printed molds can cut turnaround time for your injection molded (IM) prototypes. We will discuss when 3D printed molds are a best fit, material selection and customer stories, as well as process limitations and tips for successful molding.

Hosted by: Plastics Today
Sponsor: Stratasys

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