Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit Agenda

As the leading expert in the Thermoplastic Elastomers industry, Smithers Rapra is excited to present the Agenda for Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit 2018!

Wednesday | June 27, 2018

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session I: Silicone and Thermoplastics Elastomers

A look into the industries of the two contrasting materials

  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 molding 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. Abstract Coming Soon! Automotive Perspectives from Ford Motor Company

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

    Abstract coming soon!

  3. Networking Lunch

Session III: Materials

A look at the materials used to create TPEs and the desired properties

  1. Use of Thermal Black into bio-thermoplastic Elastomers for Automotive Applications

    Dr. Mihaela Mihai | Research Officer of National Research Council of Canada

    The aim of this study is to validate the benefits of the thermal black (TB) when using it as filler in TPE and bio-TPE. TB is the purest and the cleanest carbon black available at the industrial scale. The work was accomplished by compounding, injection-molding and characterizing various compounds based on one petroleum-based TPE, a polyester elastomer, and one bio-TPE, a bio-based co-polyether-ester elastomer, containing different concentrations, from 5 to 40 wt.% of TB, Thermax® N990 grade. Those elastomeric matrices were carefully selected amongst the ones that have high potential for automotive applications, such for hoses, wires, cables, films, sheeting, seals, belting and impact-absorbing devices. For comparison purposes, a common oil furnace black, N762 grade, was used at a concentration of 20 wt.%. All the obtained compounds were characterized using the following methods: scanning electron microscopy, oscillatory rheometry, tensile and Izod impact properties, hardness, heat deflection temperature and electrical resistivity. The results demonstrated that compounds based on TPE and bio-TPE containing TB loadings from 5 up to 40 wt.% exhibit excellent mechanical and thermal properties, high electrical resistivity, and high potential for cost saving (up to 36%). TB-based elastomeric compounds have a huge potential for use in automotive applications.

  2. New EPDMs and EPRs for TPV and TPO

    Dr. David Ward | Vice President, Research and Development of Lion Elastomers

    • Material manufacturers perspective
    • New developments in materials for TPV
    • Benefits & Challenges
  3. Ultra High Molecular Weight EPDM for TPV Enabled by Advanced Molecular Catalyst

    Dr. Sharon Wu | Research Scientist, Dow Elastomers Product Research Group of The Dow Chemical Company

    Ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM) are the most widely used elastomers in the manufacturing of TPV.  The molecular features such as ethylene content, diene content, molecular weight, and the respective distributions of an EPDM have significant influence on the morphology and physical properties of TPVs.  In this presentation, the effect of the EPDM microstructure on the formulation and properties of the TPV will be discussed.   Dow’s advanced molecular catalyst and process technology advancements enable a ultra-high molecular weight, highly tailored EPDM to impart easy phase inversion and superior physical properties to TPV products that could meet the growing demands of the industry.

  4. Shape Morphing Polymers from Thermoplastic Elastomers

    Dr. Kevin Cavicchi | Associate Professor, Department of Polymer Engineering of The University of Akron

    This talk will present how three-dimensional shape morphing polymers are fabricated from ABA polystyrene-polydiene-polystyrene triblock copolymer thermoplastic elastomers. First, it will be shown that through the controlled annealing of a neat TPE under deformation it is possible to program shape memory properties into the polymer. Second, the use of TPEs as a matrix to generate reversible, wax-based bending actuators will be presented. Overall this talk will demonstrate how commercial TPEs can be combined with other commodity materials and common polymer processing routes to produce new stimuli-responsive materials.

  5. Networking Break

  6. Bio-Based and Bio-Degradable TPEs

    Marco Meneghetti | R&D Leader and Bioplastics Product Manager for TPE Solutions of Trinseo

    • Why bio-based?
    • Sustainability
    • Raw materials
  7. ExxonMobil's Innovative High Bonding and Low Coefficient of Friction Santoprene™ TPV

    Rodolfo Mier | Market Developer for Specialty Elastomers of ExxonMobil

    In many other applications, light weighting, ease of processing, and potential for recyclability has driven replacement of ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM) Thermosets by thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV). Weatherseals is one of the main automotive applications for ethylene-propylene rubbers. The complexity of the parts require a number of finishing operations and additional injection molding, such as corners and end caps.  For these, bonding to materials of the weatherseal profile - EPDM or TPV - is a key attribute. Compared to current benchmarks, new Santoprene™ TPV B260 grades from ExxonMobil show improved bonding strength and low coefficient of friction.  Furthermore, Santoprene™ TPV B260 corner molding is less prone to blooming under aging. The processing of Santoprene™ TPV B260 grades allow for a wide operating window and efficient low temperature injection.  Santoprene™ TPV B260 grades are available in 40, 70, and 80 Shore A. 

Session IV: New Materials and Innovations

  1. Adding the Feel Good Factor to Production Design: TPE Compounds for Multi-Component Applications

    Jim Harper | TPE Product Manager of Hexpol TPE North America

    It used to be a complex and costly affair producing details made of thermoplastic that showed soft-touch qualities or had integrated seals. With adhesion modified TPEs, since the materials are bonded together at the production stage, no separate primer or adhesive is needed. This makes the process faster and opens up further design possibilities. In this paper we’ll discuss the key considerations when running a multi-component project and investigate new trends and substrate options.

    • Benefits of overmolding
    • TPE and substrate options
    • Testing adhesion
    • Processing options
    • Application studies
  2. Beyond the Toothbrush Grip: New Over molding TPEs in Applications with Unique Requirements

    Dr. Long Zhang | Senior Chemist of Teknor Apex

    Increasingly, over molding is being used to enhance the functionality of a product. This presentation outlines several case studies highlighting Teknor Apex’s unique Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) solutions for over molding applications, where properties and features, beyond good adhesion and haptics, are required.

  3. Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

Thursday | June 28, 2018

Day 2: Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Welcome

Session V: Challenges and Solutions

This session will examine various TPE applications, the challenges associated with them, and what is being done to improve these applications

  1. Novel Developments of Vibration Damping Thermoplastic Elastomers

    Jiren Gu, Ph.D. | Lead Scientist, GLS Elastomers of PolyOne

    Market demands in electronics, automotive, appliances and sports protection have propelled development of novel next generation vibration damping thermoplastics elastomer technology (VDT).  The VDT technology platform has advantages of low compression set (CS), is effective across a broad range of frequencies, including both vibration and sound frequencies.  Furthermore, this technology can be overmolded (OM) to wide range of rigid plastic substrates, such as polypropylene, polycarbonate and nylon.  It is proven in both impact protection and vibration / noise isolation applications.

  2. Overview of Extractables and Leachables Testing of Elastomers in Medical Applications

    Alison B. Schweda | Principal Scientist of Smithers Rapra

    Whatever elastomer a pharmaceutical producer or medical device manufacturer chooses to use in the packaging or manufacture of their product, they must demonstrate that it is compatible with their product and does not have the potential the harm the patient.  A critical aspect of demonstrating compatibility is the extractable and leachable study.  Extractables and leachables studies, or E&L, are a fundamental requirement in the approval of a new pharmaceutical product as well as a broad array of medical devices.  This presentation will give a general overview of extractables and leachables testing focusing on sample preparation, analysis, and common additives for critical packaging/medical device components. The available regulatory guidance on assessing the impact of changing the materials of a drug product’s immediate packaging materials will also be discussed.

  3. Networking Break

  4. Performance Elastomers for 3D Printing

    Jamie Carmona | TPU Sr. Technical Sales Representative of Covestro

    3D printing is a cutting-edge digital manufacturing technology that enables new production and design possibilities and offers clear advantages over the limitations of conventional methods, e.g. in machining or mold release in casting processes. With advancing development of 3D printing from prototype construction to additive manufacturing, there are also economically interesting alternatives to conventional production processes, e.g. for custom-made products, spare parts, and even series production. In this lecture, the available 3D printing technologies for elastomers and examples of their application, e.g. in the shoe industry, will be examined. The Covestro AG (formerly Bayer MaterialScience AG) offers a broad portfolio of elastomeric high-performance materials based on its thermoplastic and reactive polyurethane products. Together with leading partners from software, hardware and design, Covestro develops solutions for customers in production.

  5. Networking Lunch

Session VI: Elastomers Now & Considerations for the Future

This session will recap ideas discussed during the Silicone and TPE agendas and bring both bodies back together to further explore the similarities and differences that exist among both industries, concluding with an expert panel discussion that will address current industry challenges and highlight opportunities for cooperative solutions.

  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. 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.

  3. 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:

    • Chris Claussen | Silicone Elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare 
      Momentive Performance Materials
    • 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
  4. Closing Remarks