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Smithers Rapra – Courses

Posted on 14 March 2018

Please see below a list of available courses from associate member – Smithers Rapra. If you would like to reserve your space, please click the relevant link.

Introduction to Rubber Technology

13-14 June and 14-15 November                               

8.45am – 4.00pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
Introduction to Rubber Technology covers the fundamental aspects of rubber technology in a logical manner, from Material Selection, Compounding, Vulcanisation, Processing (conversation of raw materials into finished products), through to Mechanical Properties, Environmental Resistance, Testing and Specifications, Evaluation of product failure and finally interactive case study exercises.
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Polyurethanes: An Introduction – Science, Applications, Technology

12-13 September

9.00am –  4.00pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
Introduction to Polyurethanes will provide a simplified explanation of the manufacture of polyurethanes; the generic chemistry by which they are all formed and how additives are used to achieve the modifications that give us the wide range of properties that make these materials so versatile.
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Introduction to Plastics and Rubber in Medical Devices 

5-6 December

9.15am – 3.30pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
This two day course will concentrate on providing an introduction to the material requirements and manufacturing conditions which may apply and will explore the scope and impact of the European Medical Device Directive (MDD) Regulations in relation to their use.
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Introduction to Food Contact Materials – Products, Regulations and Testing

16-17 May and 21-22 November

10.00am – 3.00pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
This two day course will give participants an understanding of how a wide-range of polymeric and polymer-based materials (eg. Plastics, rubbers, coatings, inks etc) are used in an extensive range of food contact products (eg. Packaging, processing equipment, cooking utensils etc.) and which additives, monomers and other constituents from these materials need to be considered with respect to potential migration into food.
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Introduction to Silicones Elastomers

20 June

9.15am – 4.30pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
The properties and processing of silicone rubbers are often very different from other elastomers.  This course is structured to provide an understanding and overview of the main types of silicone rubber currently available and will give a comparison of chemical structure; manufacturers; grades; properties; compounding; processing and applications between each type.
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A Practitioner’s Approach to Polyurethane

10-11 October

9.00am – 4.10pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
This course provides a comprehensive view of both the constituents of all the various forms of PU available in the market today and the methodology that should be used to make products with optimum properties.  There is a significant amount of chemistry used to explain the many mechanisms in place that help processors to achieve the extraordinary range of forms and properties provided by this chemistry.
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Improving Profitability in IM

2 May and 7 November

9.00am – 4.30pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire

Injection moulding is a prolific, world-wide manufacturing process which has been around for more than half a century. Why then are the majority of businesses involved in the process considerably less profitable than they should be?  This course unravels the lengthy journey from concept to production of any plastic injection moulding. It demonstrates the need for ‘a strict regime of optimisation’ at every stage to maximise profitability and competitiveness.

The primary objective of the course is to reduce the cost of manufacture in order to improve profitability. The process of developing a plastic injection moulded product is multifaceted and complex involving many decisions that directly impact on cost. The course studies the whole process, identifying the cost implications and consequences of often unwitting decision making.
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Exploring Plastics Extrusion

10-11 April

9.15am – 4.30pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
This course will concentrate on the single screw extrusion process, both within the extruder and downstream, enabling participants to optimise their production processes, identify and troubleshoot problems and avoid them in the first instance.  It will address areas such as compounding (single and twin screw) rheology; pipe extrusion, film; sheet, cable and profiles.
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Introduction to Injection Moulding

26-27 September

9.00am – 4.30pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire

This course offers those who are new to the injection moulding industry or others who wish to gain more knowledge in this area, a greater understanding of the injection moulding process.

Participants will gain confidence to enable them to communicate effectively and feel able to contribute to the decision making process.  An appreciation of the commercial aspect of the industry is also included in relation to product design and machine and material selection.

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Introduction to Thermoplastic Elastomers

6-7 June and 5-6 September

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This course is designed for those wishing to gain an insight into this growing class of polymer material.

Participants will learn the essential properties of TPEs and the different sub classes and their advantages and disadvantages.  Reference will be made to their increasing influence in food contact and medical device applications.

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Introduction to Plastics Technology

23-24 May and 19-20 September

9.00am –  4.00pm\Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd, Shawbury, Shropshire
This course concentrates on developing better understanding of plastics materials and processing, therefore avoiding the common causes of product failure as a result of a lack of material knowledge.  It addresses issues such as common manufacturing problems, materials selection and failure diagnosis and will benefit those new to the plastics industry or others wishing to gain a better understanding of design and development of new products.

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Exploring Plastics Extrusions 

17-18 October

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Introduction to Buying Plastic Products

31 Oct – 1 Nov

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This course was prepared as a response to requests for training to improve the effectiveness of decision making for professionals active in the plastics component supply chain.  It requires no prior knowledge of plastics and has a commercial bias’.  Topics include injection mouldings, extruded components and blow mouldings as well as negotiating quality agreements and dealing with supply chain quality problems.

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