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Two New Courses Offered at MPMD Conference
<The Rubber Division, ACS and ASM International are offering two new courses at the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices on pre-conference day, August 7. The MPMD Conference is to be held August 8-10 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. Chemistry and Technology of Polymeric Materials Used in Medical Devices and Failure Analysis of Rubber and Plastics by Physical and Chemical Analysis will both be given August 7. Chemistry and Technology of Polymeric Materials Used in Medical Devices overviews FDA systems, terminology and guidance documents for classifications of devices, obtaining FDA approvals and preclinical testing, and is intended as an introductory course for materials, quality and engineering professionals. Failure Analysis of Rubber and Plastics by Physical and Chemical Analysis is a materials testing and analysis class covering a range of thermoset and thermoplastic elastomeric materials, as well as engineering plastic materials, and is designed for materials and quality technicians and junior level chemists. Learn more at http://www.mpmdconference.com.
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The Seal Design Process
This whitepaper describes the tools, methods and techniques used by Delta Engineering for the design of a new seal. While this document will focus on hub bearing seals a similar process is used for other products.
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Rubber Consumption Increases
The International Rubber Study Group said global rubber consumption continued to increase in the first quarter. Measured on a moving annual total basis, global total rubber consumption was 24.8 million metric tons in March, which is a 9.9 percent growth, down from 15.3 percent in December 2010. Synthetic rubber consumption was 14.0 mmt and natural rubber usage was 10.8 mmt. ...learn more.
BASF launches new dispersions and pigments web site
BASF's dispersions and pigments business in North America has launched a new web site, www.basf.us/dpsolutions. The new web site provides customers with easy access to information about the company's high-value ingredients and solutions for decorative, industrial and transportation paints and coatings; printing inks, overprint varnishes, functional coatings and adhesives for printing and packaging; building and infrastructure materials; and nonwovens and fiber bonding. The site can be reached at: www.dispersions-pigments.basf.com...learn more.
New MSc in Polymer Engineering Design Will Be Offered
According to Rubber World Magazine, Smithers Rapra Technology is partnering with the University of Wolverhampton's School of Technology to produce an MSc in Polymer Engineering Design. Working together, Smithers Rapra and the University of Wolverhampton have developed a flexible MSc program which allows individuals to study full or part-time to achieve a formal qualification in Polymer Engineering Design....learn more.