March 7, 2022
The key to exceptional quality control is to drive out variation from your process. But if you cannot measure the problem, how can you reduce the variation?
Many processors and compounders are using Mooney Viscometers and Moving Die Rheometers (MDR) as the primary methods for raw material and compound quality control. These workhorse technologies measure viscosity and cure profiles well, but they often lack the sensitivity to diagnose your most perplexing processing problems.
Alpha Technologies’ RPAs are designed to measure dynamic properties of raw elastomers or mixed rubber before cure, during cure or post cure through a series of test methods. Processability testing is critical to identifying root causes of perplexing compounding and processing problems.
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About the Presenters
John Dick has over forty years of experience in the rubber industry. John has authored over 80 journal and magazine publications, including four books on rubber technology. He has consulted and presented technical papers, or given seminars, in over 40 countries. Some of John’s publications have been translated into ten languages. He received the Monsanto “Master Technical Service Award,” the Rubber Division, ASC “Best Paper Award,” and the University of Akron and University of Wisconsin “Appreciation Awards” for Teaching rubber compounding and testing courses in their continuing education programs. He is a Fellow in the ASTM, receiving the “Award of Merit” in 1990 and “Distinguished Service Award” in 2005. He has also represented the United States as a delegate to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for the last 30 years. John was appointed in 1992 to be Leader of the U.S.A. Delegation to ISO TC-45 on Rubber. He teaches ten rubber technology courses at the University of Akron and University of Wisconsin continuing education departments. He is a member of the ACS, Society of Rheology, and ASQ with a CQE and CQA. He has been a delegate to the RMA and has Recognition in “Who’s Who in America.” John received his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s Degree from the University of Akron. He is married with a son and a daughter, and his hobbies include photography and amateur radio.
Richard Hanzlik is a Chemical Engineer from Cleveland State University with over 5 years of experience in the polymer industry. Formerly a Formulations Chemist, dealing with UV curable thermosets, he is now an Application Engineer with Alpha Technologies. This includes helping customers in the rubber and composite industry by providing solutions and analysis to issues relating to compounding, processing, and R&D. Richard has several publications in both the United States and Latin America and hosts rheology training courses across the continental states.