Silicone Elastomers Course a HUGE Success in California

The Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication hosted by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee held its second class in Anaheim, CA February 18-21. The pilot course was launched in California last July with 34 participants. This course drew 47 participants from all over the U.S.

For more than 10 years, this course has offered a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving and applications. Emphasis is on LSR (liquid silicone rubber) in the areas of material selection, dispensing methods, injection molding process and tooling. An added benefit to the California class is a "field trip" to M.R. Mold & Engineering, during which attendees experienced first-hand the entire manufacturing process.

Industry experts, Mel Toub of Momentive Performance Materials, John Timmerman of Starlim North America Corporation, Bob Pelletier of Graco, Inc., Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold & Engineering and Juergen Giesow of Arburg GmbH were the course instructors.

Feedback received from participants included, but not limited to:

"Great combination of theory and demonstration of practice to bring it all together! Lots of information about all aspects so that you see the whole picture."

"Good, well rounded approach. Covered all the basics."

"MRM field trip was very informative. I learned a lot about the process from seeing it in use."

"Very good variety of topics - diverse instructors."

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