2018 Silicone Elastomers US Summit Agenda

Wednesday | June 27, 2018

Registration & Welcome | Breakfast

  1. Registration Opens | Breakfast Available

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session I: Industry and Future

A closer look at the current state of both market sectors and a deeper dive into industry growth, market opportunities, product trends, and foreseeable challenges that are shaping the future of the industry

  1. Global Silicone Elastomers Market

    Patrick Ellis | Associate Consultant of Smithers Rapra

    The global market for silicone elastomers continues to expand with a compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2021 of 6.1%. Liquid injection moulding is showing the fastest growth of the four groups, (HTV, RTV-1, RTV-2 and LIM), with a CAGR of over 8%, from 2016 to 2021. It is expected that the market for LIM will represent over 30% in 2018 and perhaps higher in the USA, due to increasing demand for LIM. Understandably, the Asia/Pacific region represents the largest market, with a share of 47%, in 2018. This market is predicted to grow even further and could well be over 50%, by 2023. Silicone elastomers continue to face challenges from other high-performance elastomers, such a fluoroelastomers and acrylate rubbers. Increasing demands for higher refractive index products is holding silicone elastomers back from growing even faster in the LED lighting sector There are also demands from certain sectors for the extension of LIM, into larger components. The transportation sector is the major driver for the growth of silicone elastomers, in particular automotive and aerospace. Questions are now being asked as to the future of silicone elastomers in electrically-driven vehicles, single lamp lighting systems and medical applications. The implementation of the EU REACH regulations also represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the future growth of silicone elastomers. It is clear that silicone elastomers face both a challenging and a rewarding future.

  2. TPE Strategies for Evolving Growth Markets

    Robert Eller | President of Robert Eller Associates LLC

    • TPE markets are showing the classical signs of maturing
    • New industries are evolving, demanding new types of TPE performance
    • New TPE technologies via compounding, polymerization and new generation
  3. Global Elastomer Outlook and Impact of the Middle East

    Xuesong Peng | Senior Consultant of Nexant Energy & Chemicals Advisory

    • Elastomer Market Dynamics
    • TPE Overview Middle East Development Conclusions
    • TPE Business Landscape & Competition
  4. Networking Break

Session II: Silicone and Thermoplastic Elastomers

A look into the industries of the two contrasting materials, applications and opportunity

  1. Silicones in LED Lighting

    Maxim Tchoul PhD | Principal Scientist of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    Light Emitting Diodes (LED) technology is becoming predominant in lighting industry by enabling the most energy efficient and long lasting products. In contrast to previous lighting technologies LEDs utilize a great deal of various polymers. Silicones are being increasingly used for the most demanding LED applications due to their high optical transparency, thermal stability, and easy processing. In this talk, applications of silicones in LED devices will be described, the advantages and particular challenges will be highlighted.

  2. The Role of Micro-and-Nanofillers on Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Sustainable Thermoplastic Elastomers

    Alper Kiziltas | Research Scientist - Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastics of Ford Motor Company

    The addition of reinforcing fillers is an excellent way of improving material performance. With the right selection of fillers, the composite can also be made to be a more lightweight material with enhanced properties. In this study, ultra-fine cellulose (UFC) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) have both been successfully dispersed into a commercial block copolymer TPE. The effects of loading level on the mechanical (tensile, flexural, and impact) and thermal (crystallization behavior and thermal stability) properties were investigated.

  3. The Best Gate Location and The Biggest Process Window Using Autonomous Optimization

    Gabriel Geyne | Application Engineer of Sigma Soft

    This presentation will show the use of SIGMASOFT® Autonomous Optimization technology as a mean to determining the best gate location and design. The objective is to open the process window to avoid the potential for flashing the tool. The program uses a series of objectives and variables used to minimize pressure and flow imbalances. The results will be compared using a new assessment perspective where thousands of versions can be easily compared in a single window.

  4. Expert Panel: New Tech in Silicones and TPEs

    This panel will examine challenges that occur in various applications and offer a comparison of how those challenges may be combated for each material - with a special focus on where similarities can be found, and where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

    Featured Experts:

    • Dr. Hans Peter Wolf | Manager of Research & Development, Silicone Rubber
      Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH
    • Gerry Meyer | Sr. Manager Materials Science & Technology
      GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers/ PolyOne Corporation

  5. Networking Lunch

Session III: Exploring Silicone Elastomers

Silicone elastomers are used in a wide range of applications, from medical, to automotive, construction and beyond. This session will examine challenges that occur in various applications, the challenges associated with them and the innovations taking place.

  1. Selecting the Appropriate Silicone for Your Medical Device Application

    William Inman Jr | Technical Service & Development of Dow Silicones Corporation

    When designing a medical device, care must be taken to ensure appropriate materials are chosen so that your device will deliver the intended response to the patient.  Silicones are widely used in Medical device applications due to their inherent biocompatibility and bio-durability.  This talk will discuss the various aspects that one should consider when deciding if a silicone is appropriate for their device or device component.  The physical attributes of silicones and other attributes such as manufacturing environment, regulatory requirements, and biocompatibility will also be discussed. 

  2. Fully automatic production cells for 2K applications, a trend for LSR/Thermoplastic solutions

    Kurt Manigatter | CEO of ELMET GmbH

    Time is constantly moving and the evolutionary steps of technology are big. There is no doubt that the future will be more digital and more automated.

    To guarantee a stable production process of high quality products it is necessary to run a fully automatic production cell with process control and quality check. This presentation will provide an overview of realized solutions for fully automatic production cells.

  3. Thinking Outside the Conventional Silicone Box

    Agnes Steckler Ph.D | Technologist of NuSil Technology LLC

    With today’s technology advances, there is a growing need for silicones to be customized to fulfill unmet needs. There are a number of challenges that industry leaders face with end applications where solutions do not currently exist. This presentation will focus on a case study where an industry leader required a new material that can operate in an extremely low temperature environment. The existing option was a conventional silicone that was not suitable for the application. Through collaboration and understanding the versatility of silicone, a custom solution was developed to meet both material and processing requirements.

  4. Networking Break

  5. A New Route To Silicone Elastomers: A Family-Safe Skin-Friendly Mouldable RTV-1 Putty Provides Opportunities For Novel Applications

    Dr. Mark Buckingham | Strategic Chemistry Manager of Sugru

    Mouldable silicone adhesive putties with RTV-1 cure offer an attractive alternative route to silicone elastomers for a range of applications.  A new family-safe skin-friendly formula of Sugru mouldable glue has been developed, with a unique combination of properties and a completely redesigned cure chemistry.  It is suitable for use as a versatile consumer DIY flexible adhesive and also by children aged 8+ in craft activities. 

    The new formula combines the advantages of neutral, room-temperature cure and self-adhesion properties. Due to its flexibility, it also works well as a shock absorbent material. It has a wide range of applications in engineering, medical, sport, DIY, electronics and telecommunications industries. For specific industrial applications, it can be customized: hardness, density, resistivity and adhesive properties can all be adjusted according to requirements.

    There have been many examples of novel types of adhesives and joining materials, including Post-it Notes, Velcro, Blu-Tack and Pritt Sticks.  In each case it took time to find volume applications which were often different from the original proposed use.  Sugru is also a new type of adhesive: the first mouldable glue which cures to become flexible silicone rubber. The challenges of developing applications for Sugru have some echoes with the stories behind these other types of adhesives.

    •        New materials
    •        RTV-1 mouldable putty
    •        Family-safe, skin-friendly composition
    •        Flexible adhesive
    •        Future of elastomers

Session IV: Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR)

With advancements in technology and increasing requirements on performance in all applications of silicone elastomers LSRs are becoming more and more important to the current and future silicone elastomer market

  1. The Current Market Situation Of Liquid Silicone Rubber In China

    Raymond Lee | President & CEO of Shenzhen Square Silicone Co., Ltd

    Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has been industrial manufactured in China for over 15 years since 2002. Back then, the annual market demand for LSR was only 3,000T. Applications were limited to few, such as PC keyboard and baby nipples. After 15 years of growth, applications have extended to various segment fields as high voltage insulation, automotive, electronics, laser printing, kitchenware, medical apparatus, battery, sportswear, food packaging, military, etc. Up until 2016, the annual LSR demand in Chinese market exceeded 30,000T and has become the fasted growing market in the world. This article will illustrate the current applications in various sectors and most possible new ones in near future.

  2. LSR Select: Increase Productivity and Process Flexibility Through User Control of Cure Kinetics

    Ted Johnson | Senior Staff Chemist of Elkem Silicones

    In his presentation, Ted will discuss:

    • New materials
    • Improved performance
    • What applications?
  3. LSR Solutions for Market Trends

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf | Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber of Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH

    Starting with a general LSR introduction, the focus will shift to Dow’s advanced LSR technology, characterized by low viscosity and structure build up, but also fast cure and long potlife, making its way very successful into the market over the last years including new types for automotive and consumer applications. Next generation LSR solutions aligned to new market trends linked mainly to the automotive and consumer market will be shown extending the current limits like 3D printing LSR. A summary in combination with a further outlook on LSR technology will close this presentation.

    • General LSR Introduction
    • Advanced LSR Technology
    • Next generation LSR
    • Summary & Outlook
  4. LSR Fast Prototyping using 3D Printer Technology

    Rick Ziebell | Vice President of Technology of R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) or commonly referred to as "3D printing" is now available. With LAM 3D printing, rapid and simplified prototyping allows the Design Engineer to go from concept to test article in a few days. The technology significantly reduces the time and money to create prototype parts from common computer aided design software. A printed silicone rubber part is a very close analog to a injection molded silicone rubber part and provides an opportunity for fast and reliable design verification.

  5. Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

Thursday | June 28, 2018

Day 2: Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration Opens | Breakfast Available

  2. Welcome & Day 2 Opening Remarks

Session V: Processing and Molding

This session will explore the various processing and molding methods, recent innovations, and possible solutions for the shared manufacturing challenges that occur during the production of products containing silicone elastomers.

  1. Pulse-Fill Molding Techniques

    Terry Chapin | Rubber Technologist of Elastomeister

    The industry of rubber molded parts manufacture includes numerous rubber products manufactured using one of several well-known molding methods including: compression molding, transfer molding, and/or injection molding. Each of these molding methods and the products manufactured by them will benefit from application of Pulse-Fill techniques. Some of the benefits of applying Pulse-Fill techniques include better surface finish on rubber products, thinner parting line flash extension, less backpressure material losses, and lower injection and/or filling pressures. When properly applied, the benefits of Pulse-Fill techniques accumulate and translate into tangible savings for the manufacturers of rubber molded products.

  2. Transfer Molding of HCR Silicone

    Lynn E. Momrow-Zielinski | President & Co Founder of Extreme Molding

    Transfer molding of Heat Cured Rubber (HCR) silicone is the primary method of molding silicone overseas.  At one time, it was also a common molding method in the USA.  Because of the high labor content required in transfer molding, most US silicone molders converted their operation to LSR injection molding in the last 25 years.  There is now a rebirth of HCR Transfer molding in the USA led by reshoring, the ability to mold large silicone parts > 1 pound, the lower cost of silicone HCR vs LSR and the ability to customize HCR silicone at the molder.  This paper will give an overview of HCR silicone processing and discuss the advantages of this processing method as well as give some examples of products well suited to this molding method.

  3. Evaluation of Chemical Dispersions in HCR Silicone Compounding

    Erick Sharp | President & CEO of ACE Products & Consulting LLC

    A multi-factor, general factorial designed experiment was performed to investigate the processing of HCR silicone molding and extrusion compounds with silicone bound chemical dispersions.  The factors selected for experiments are material form and type of chemical additives.  This study measured dependent variables of a) rheological properties, b) physical properties, c) dispersion and d) downstream processability.

  4. Product Design for Silicone Molding

    Rick Finnie | President of M.R. Mold & Engineering Corporation

    This presentation will outline the do’s and don’ts of design when designing products for silicone injection molding. Learn why some design issues make a product unmanufacturable and a slight variation of the design can make all the difference. Product designers must understand how a part will be molded. Some design concessions might be needed to have a robust manufacturing process. Designers have to understand how tolerances must be used correctly to allow production to meet manufacturing goals.

    • Surface finishes
    • Dimensional tolerances
    • Geometry and shape issues
    • Parting lines and gates
    • Part removal from the mold
    • Inspection techniques
    • Over molding onto various substrates
  5. Dispherix: Aluminosilicate Ceramic Microspheres and Their Use as Performance Additives in Silicone

    Bill Black | Sales Engineer of Spherix Mineral Products

    This presentation will examine how an aluminoscilicate ceramic microsphere was engineered to be a performance additive for silicone elastomers - with a focus on how the additive was developed and how it enhances the properties of silicone elastomers.

  6. Closing Remarks

    Final thoughts and closing remarks from the 2018 Advisory Board.