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Simplified Rheology for the Masses: A Technical Discussion

This webinar discusses the importance of plastic rheological equipment on today’s processors. Attendees will learn about market drivers, the science behind melt flow index determined at the extruder, and how specific polymer parameters developed in the laboratory can be measured and saved during a full production run.



Originally presented: September 14, 2017
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

Simplified Rheology for the Masses: A Technical Discussion expands on the need for correlation between the specifications developed in the laboratory and the 24/7 validation of these through the entire production run.

Polymers producers today must balance between:

  • The variation in polymer specifications coming from different suppliers
  • The need to increase production output and process efficiency
  • The complications of using reprocessed material to meet the corporate sustainability goals of their organization, utilize the scrap material from their production line, or introduce regrind from other sources for economic advantage

The concern with each of these initiatives is how focusing on one item over another might affect the quality of the part being produced. Historically this concern was reduced by a combination of the reliance on production veterans who learned through experience and the facility's quality control personnel running back and forth from the onsite laboratory verifying if the process is stable at specified time intervals.

In this webinar, we will focus on technical aspects of correlating laboratory measurements with full production runs. We will discuss how parameters change between laboratory standards and production and how advanced equipment today can adjust for these differences. We will also go through the simplicity and ease of use of today's next-generation measurement tools and how they allow every employee to understand whether or not their material is in specification throughout the production run.

Our goal is to make a "Window into the Process" for every size processor who utilizes polymer. We are driven to make rheology simple and improve the processors' quality and profitability.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how melt flow index is determined directly on an extruder
  • Discover how to verify your melt flow index
  • Understand the techniques to correlating melt flow index measurements to laboratory standards
  • Learn why there is now a market need for rheologic measurement based on 3 pillars-1) recycled content/sustainability (impact of n +x material in process), 2) reshoring (impact of cost manufacturing), 3) shale play (polymerization of the US): higher quality levels to drive profit and limit liability
  • Understand the fundamentals and specifics into product features and how it ties into market trends

Speakers

John Czazasty, Director of Engineering, Dynisco

John Czazasty is currently the Director of Engineering for Dynisco in Franklin, Massachusetts and is responsible for Dynisco's Engineering at their Franklin, MA, Akron, OH and Shanghai, China facilities.

John has had various roles in Engineering, Manufacturing and Product Management over his 25 year career at Dynisco. Most recently he led efforts to create "Vertex" a patented pressure sensor based on a disruptive technology that will replace Dynisco's core melt pressure technology. Dynisco received several innovation and technology awards for the new technology and process, including the prestigious American Business Awards (ABA); where we were recognized with a Gold Stevie Award as Innovative New Product of the Year. We also received a Silver Award in the category of Most Innovative Tech Company of the year. In addition, Flow Control magazine recognized Vertex with its 2013 Innovation Award.

Bill Desrosiers, Vice President Business Development, Dynisco

Bill has been Vice President of Business Development for Dynisco the past 4 years and is responsible for the market development and growth of Dynisco's key strategic initiatives.

With 30 years of focus in the Plastics industry, Bill is a proven leader with extensive management and global business experience. He has held a variety of roles including Mechanical Engineer, Product Manager, Director of Aftermarket & Customer Service, Sales Manager, and VP International Sales. His experience has garnered a plethora of knowledge ranging from product development to international sales.

Bill holds a Masters of Science in Project Management from Boston University and a Bachelors degree in Manufacturing Management with a Mechanical Engineering Minor from Roger Williams University.