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Rubber in Automotive Conference (June 1 – 3)

RDAbbott will advance elastomers that are revolutionizing automotive lighting and hydrogen fuel system technologies at the 2021 virtual Rubber in Automotive Conference. RDAbbott will sponsor an Ask the Expert session, share the results of technical research through a partner presentation, and engage event participants as a virtual exhibitor. The Rubber in Automotive Conference is sponsored by Rubber & Plastics News (RPN) and scheduled for June 1 to 3.

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“Fluoroelastomer Processing, Thermal and Chemical Resistance” Webinar by 3M (May 26)

3M is hosting a free webinar titled, “Fluoroelastomer Processing, Thermal and Chemical Resistance,” on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. This 45-minute course will cover the various ways fluoroelastomers can be mixed, the basic processes used to produce parts, adhesion capabilities, as well as provide a brief overview of chemical and thermal resistance properties.

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“Silicone 2021” Livestream Webinar by RPN (May 20)

Rubber & Plastics News (RPN) will host a one-hour livestream event called “Silicone 2021: An Unsettled Market with Unlimited Applications” on May 20 from 2 PM – 3PM (ET). Editor Bruce Meyer and Reporter Andrew Schunk will moderate a panel discussion that includes RDAbbott’s John Carroll, a 50-year veteran of the silicone industry.

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“Chemlok® Overview, Best Practices and Troubleshooting” Webinar by RDAbbott (May 19)

RDAbbott is hosting a free training webinar titled, “Chemlok® Application and Troubleshooting,” that will feature rubber-to-substrate adhesives from Parker LORD. In this live webinar, Parker LORD Senior Scientist Jeff Means and Application Engineer Cristina DiFranco, will focus on proper substrate preparation, adhesive application, and molding best practices. They will also facilitate an interactive workshop, using webinar polls, for troubleshooting bond failures.

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Webinar Recording: Third-Stream Additives that Modify LSR and HCR

In this recording, Rick Ziebell introduces revolutionary NovaSperse® Third-Stream Modifier technologies from NovationSi that are breaking new ground for modifying LSR properties during the liquid injection molding process, as well as enhancing HCR using other fabrication processes.

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Announcing RDAbbott’s 2021 Webinar Series with March 30 Kick-Off

RDAbbott is launching a new webinar series that will provide technical insights and processing recommendations, feature new products and technologies, and showcase solutions from supplier partners. The first webinar in this free series, “Third-Stream Additives that Modify LSR and HCR,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PT) and will explain how RDAbbott and NovationSi, with its revolutionary NovaSperse® third-stream modifier technologies, are advancing ways to change the functional properties of cured articles in situ of the liquid injection molding process.

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RDAbbott Announces Alpha Technologies Spring Webinar Series

RDAbbott is announcing that Alpha Technologies will host a three-day series of live webinars about rubber testing. The series will begin on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, and includes 12 webinars on a variety of topics. Each webinar will be led by an elastomer industry expert and cost $100 to attend. Participants will gain insights about the rheology behind Alpha Technologies’ instruments and learn how to troubleshoot material and process issues.

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DiamondKote™ DKW-4168 Mold Release Improves Efficiency and Reduces Costs

DiamondKote™ DKW-4168 is a mold release agent from ITW Pro Brands that was developed to meet the growing needs of FKM seal and gasket manufacturers who serve the automotive supply industry. In addition to fluorocarbon-based fluoroelastomers, this versatile mold release can be used with silicones, peroxide-cured EPDMs, and polyacrylates. This demonstration video from ITW Pro Brands shows how DiamondKote™ DKW-4168 is packaged, applied, and used.

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“Introduction to ARLANXEO Keltan® EPDM” Webinar by RDAbbott (May 13)

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET), RDAbbott will host a free webinar called “Introduction to ARLANXEO Keltan® EPDMs.” This event will cover the basics of EPDM elastomers and EPDM compounding, including what’s important and key polymer criteria. In this live event, Pete Spanos, ARLANXEO’s Senior Technical Manager, will describe the properties, applications, and advantages of Keltan®, a broad portfolio of premium EPDM grades.

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“Elastomer Sealing Performance in Hydrogen Fuel Cells” Webinar by Ontario and Quebec Rubber Groups (May 4)

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (ET) the Ontario and Quebec Rubber Groups will host a free webinar titled, “Elastomer Sealing Performance in Hydrogen Fuel Cells.” In this live webinar, ARLANXEO Polymer Scientist Jake Rawski will highlight elastomer sealing performance advancements using Thermax® N990 Carbon Black and X_Butyl® Bromobutyl designed for hydrogen fuel system technologies.

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