This presentation discusses the benefits of utilizing automation and AI to improve material development in both R&D and production. As systems become more connected and Industry 4.0 becomes prevalent in all aspects of manufacturing it is important to begin to look at how these new technologies can be implemented in polymer creation. We will define what automation, Industry 4.0, and AI are, followed by how these aspects are being implemented today and currently being worked on across the industry. Additionally, we’ll answer how these new technologies can be implemented for material development.
Rigoberto Advincula is Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Fellow of the Polymer Science and Engineering Division (ACS), Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry Division (ACS). He is also a member of NACE, SPE, ERC, MRS, and AAAS and a frequently sought out speaker and expert in polymer materials, coatings, and sensors. He received the Herman Mark Scholar Award in 2013 from the ACS. He is Editor of Reactive and Functional Polymers and Associate Editor of Polymer Reviews and sits on the Editorial Advisory board of a number of major polymer journals. He is currently Chair of the Polymer Chemistry Division, ACS. His group does research in polymer materials, nanocomposites, colloidal science, hybrid materials, and ultrathin films towards applications from display coatings to biomedical devices. He consults for a number of companies focusing on the most challenging problems and definition of structure-property relationships towards commercial applications. Currently, he is director of PETRO Case a Consortium dealing with the challenging materials problems of the Petroleum Industry.
Sarah Burke studied at Eastern Michigan University, where she received a Master of Science degree in 2015. She began her career with WACKER in 2016 as a research and development scientist in the newly established SILICONES R&D Center in Ann Arbor, MI, where she helped to develop products for the personal care and decorative coating market segments. Sarah joined the ACEO® team in fall 2018 with responsibility for the US Open Print Lab.
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Mr. Pelletier received a BBA from Western Michigan University and an AS in Science from Schoolcraft College and has taught many classes on Liquid Silicone Rubber Dispensing. He has worked in the LSR & RTV industry for over 23 years mostly in sales and marketing but has been involved with machine programming and development, technical writing and product literature. His knowledge of the systems is largely based on his hands-on approach and enjoys passing this information onto the customers via training classes, customer installations and technical seminars. His current role as Technical Sales of Dosing Systems of Elmet NA allows him to interact directly with customers both domestic and foreign, industry experts and suppliers throughout the world. His world travel offers a unique perspective of the entire LSR market and its diverse segments.
Mr. Pelletier is married and has two sons and a daughter and enjoys Coaching, Skiing, Golfing and spending time with his family in his time off.
Rick is a Technical Fellow for R.D. Abbott Company and has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the rubber industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and has advanced training in Material Science. He has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. He holds several patents in silicone technology and has an ongoing instructorship in rubber technology.
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Srikar Vallury is the Engineering Manager at Moldex3D. He graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and then moved to Michigan for his job in the Automotive industry. In 2013, Vallury made the transition to the plastics side when he joined Moldex3D. Being a strong advocate of simulation, Vallury focuses his efforts on ensuring the software application meets expectations of the industry/user community.
James M. Eagan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at The University of Akron. He graduated from Emory University in 2009 with a B.S. in Chemistry suma cum laude, and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 2014.
He worked for Aramco Performance Materials as a lab scientist between 2017 and 2019, before joining the University of Akron. He is a cofounder of Exsponge Inc., director of chemistry for Ascribe Bioscience, and recipient of the 2017 Newcomb Cleveland Prize.
His research is focused on how plastics can be deployed pragmatically to address the needs of today, without compromising the future. Utilizing the tools of chemistry and catalysis, the Eagan group synthesizes new polymeric materials for sustainable applications. These molecules provide tools for understanding polymer behavior and technologies for improving recycling, degrading plastics, and enhancing polymer performance.
Chris has 37 years’ experience in the rubber industry and has worked in capacities of technical, production and general management in the South African rubber industry. He co-founded two rubber roller recovering operations from 2000 to 2005. Thereafter he moved back to Europe and in 2006 was invited to join DSM Elastomers as an applied rubber technical expert. He joined Black Bear Carbon as a co-founder in 2011 with the shared vision of producing high quality recovered carbon black from end-of-life tires. Chris currently leads Kargro's R&D activities towards its three technical innovation pillars: Functionalized Micronized Rubber Powder (FMRP), Devulcanization and Tyre Pyrolysis.