Do you know enough about silicone elastomers?

As silicone elastomers grow in demand due to new applications in the medical and automotive industries, among others, demand for information on this technology is also increasing. A course is being offered that provides a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving, and applications areas.

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, the course is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 through Friday, July 20, 2012. It will be held at the Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange in Orange County, CA. Included in this course will be a one-day hands-on processing class at M.R. Mold & Engineering’s Technical Center in Brea, CA, hosted by President Rick Finnie. The instruction will cover moldmaking, mold flow simulation, equipment, and manufacturing processes from a team of industry experts.

The Chair Instructor is Mel Toub, who has worked in the silicone elastomers division of Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Silicones) for more than 30 years. He has presented numerous technical papers to ACS, SAE, the International Silicones Symposium, and industry journals and holds several patents in the area of silicone rubber technology.

According to a newly released study from the Freedonia Group, U.S. demand for silicones is forecast to climb 5.6% annually to $4.1 billion in 2016, with silicone elastomers accounting for more than 40% of that total. The motor vehicle segment is projected to provide the best growth opportunities, driven by substantial increases in vehicle output. The medical market has been the fastest growing segment of the silicone industry in recent years, and will continue to expand strongly, said The Freedonia Group.

For more information or to register, call 414-227-3200 or visit sce-rubber.uwm.edu.

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