Manufacturing with Silicone Rubber: A Comprehensive Workshop (August 22 – 25)

Join us August 22 – 25, 2022, in Ohio for “Manufacturing with Silicone Rubber,” a comprehensive workshop hosted by RDAbbott from a fabricator’s point-of-view.

Attendees of this four-day workshop will learn practical techniques and insights, along with equipment troubleshooting tips for processing silicone rubber, from industry professionals through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on evaluation.

Whether you’re needing a better understanding of silicone rubber or would like to refresh your skills, this workshop is structured for anyone wanting a complete overview of manufacturing with silicone rubber.

Seats are very limited for this workshop, so be sure to register soon!

Classroom Instruction

During the classroom instruction on August 22 and 23, registrants can expect to cover these topics:

  • Silicone Sources, Uses, Properties, and Key Processing Characteristics
  • Fabrication Methods Overview of Molding, Extrusion, and Calendering
  • Silicone Testing for Characterization of Uncured and Cured Properties
  • Designs for Critical Properties of LSR
  • Meter Mixing and Dispensing of LSR
  • Injection Molding Machine Equipment and Process Parameters for LSR Applications
  • Construction of the LSR Injection Molding Machine Cell


Hands-On Evaluation

On August 24 and 25 registrants will receive interactive training in RDAbbott’s research and development laboratories through troubleshooting the injection molding process and testing physical properties of silicone rubber.

Featured materials and equipment during this training to include:

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Featured Presenters

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Bob Pelletier, Operations Manager for ELMET North America Inc.

Bob Pelletier received his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his associate degree in Science from Schoolcraft College. For over 23 years, Bob has worked in the LSR and RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) industry and has taught numerous classes on LSR dispensing. Bob is currently serving as the Operations Manager for Elmet North America, Inc. Prior to this role, Bob served in Elmet’s Technical Sales of Dosing Systems. This role gave him the opportunity to interact directly with customers, industry experts, and suppliers throughout the world. Bob has also assisted with technical writing and product literature for Elmet’s Sales and Marketing division, and has been involved with machine programming and development. Bob enjoys passing his knowledge of mixing and metering systems onto customers through highly interactive, hands-on training classes, installations, and technical seminars. His world travels offer a unique perspective of the entire LSR market and its diverse segments.


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Craig Lustek, Application Engineer for RDAbbott

Craig Lustek has more than 20 years of experience in process engineering, research and development, product management and manufacturing. Before joining RDAbbott, Craig was an Application Engineer for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plastics injection molding machines (IMM). He has also worked as a Process Engineer for a supplier of silicone LIMS. As an RDAbbott Application Engineer, Craig shares his in-depth knowledge of LIMS by developing technical resources and procedures, defining optimal IMM processes and setups, consulting with customers, and training key personnel.


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Dana King, Sales Engineer for Kipe Molds, Inc.

Dana King’s 22 years of experience at Kipe Molds includes general management of the company, mold debugging, quoting, conceptual designing, field consultation and troubleshooting. He also assists with training, marketing, and product development efforts. Dana has earned a master’s degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College, as well as ten years of hands-on tool making experience.


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Marcus Hardt, Senior Application Engineer for ARBURG, Inc.

Marcus Hardt had his first exposure to the plastics industry over 35 years ago in his native country Germany. After finishing school, he acquired a Skilled Plastic Workers license through a three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship. After collecting vital work experience for several years, Marcus finished his Plastics and Rubber Engineering degree in a two-year term. During this period, he also obtained the German Governmental License to train apprentices in the industry. Marcus has been employed with ARBURG, one of the leading injection molding machine manufacturers, for over 24 years. Marcus’ long-term commitment to the company has allowed him to accumulate a vast knowledge of injection molding technology and application in all fields of the injection molding industry, this includes the processing of thermoplastics, metal and ceramic powders, rubber, LSR, and other thermoset molding materials. For over 18 years, Marcus has served as the Senior Application Engineer for the Midwest United States and beyond, performing machine, robot, and advanced scientific molding training, as well as assisting clients with mold design and automation solutions and supporting the local sales force with engineering know-how.


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Rick A. Ziebell, Vice President of Technology and Technical Fellow for RDAbbott

Rick Ziebell has more than 35 years of experience in the rubber industry and has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. He is a graduate of Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with advanced training in materials science and application studies in silicone technology from Dow Corning (now Dow). Rick has earned compositional patents in silicone technology and is a published author of over 50 technical papers, presentations, and peer-reviewed articles. In affiliation with universities and societies focused on science and technology, Rick is passionate about applying his decades of elastomers experience through training and educating the next generation of rubber technologists.


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Richard Hanzlik, Application Engineer for Alpha Technologies

Richard Hanzlik is a Chemical Engineer from Cleveland State University with over 8 years’ experience in the polymer industry. Formerly a formulations chemist dealing with UV curable thermosets, he is now an Application Engineer with Alpha Technologies. This includes helping customers in the rubber and composite industry by providing solutions and analysis to issues relating to compounding, processing, and R&D. Richard has over a dozen publications in English, Spanish, and Korean, on a variety of topics ranging from qualitative rubber testing to optimization of composite cure cycles. Richard also hosts in-person and virtual training seminars around the world.

Location and Times

Classroom training will take place August 22 and 23 from 8 AM – 5 PM (ET) in the Signal Tree Room of Bounce Innovation Hub located at 526 S. Main Street in Akron, Ohio.

The hands-on evaluation will take place August 24 and 25 at RDAbbott’s Service Center located at 25 Foundation Place in Barberton, Ohio. Training on August 24 will be from 8 AM – 5 PM (ET), while August 25 will be from 8 AM – 12 PM (ET).

A more detailed agenda will be provided to all paid registrants closer to the event start-date.

Cost and Registration

The cost to attend this workshop is $1700 per person if you register by July 31, 2022. The price increases to $2,000 on August 1, 2022.

Discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same organization. Please contact Amy Congo at for additional details.

Workshop cost includes:

  • Four days of instruction led by industry professionals with decades of silicone knowledge
  • All training materials
  • Beverages, snacks, and lunch during each training day
  • Complimentary shuttle rides to and from training locations, starting at the Host Hotel (see Lodging Accommodations section below for hotel address.)
  • Out-of-town registrants will be responsible for their own lodging and airport transportation needs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with all the pertinent workshop details, as well as your invoice with payment information.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Your registration is not reserved until full payment is received. You must complete the entire registration form, including the payment tab, to secure your spot.

Lodging Accommodations (Host Hotel for Out-of-Towners)

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For those needing lodging accommodations, the following promotional rate has been arranged with Homewood Suites by Hilton Akron Fairlawn, Ohio, between Sunday, August 21, through Thursday, August 25:

$124 per night (plus applicable taxes) for a 1 King Bed, 1 Bedroom, Non-Smoking Suite.*

Each suite includes 1 king bed, a fully equipped kitchen, seating area with sofa sleeper, and dining area. Additional amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, parking, and a hot breakfast buffet each morning. The hotel is also equipped with an indoor pool, fitness center, and business center.

To reserve your room at this promotional rate, visit:

For a list of local restaurants and airports near the host hotel, follow this link.

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*This promotional rate is subject to change after July 7, 2022.


If you have any questions, please contact Amy Congo at or 562.373.6945.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your registration is not reserved until full payment is received. You must complete the entire registration form, including the payment tab, to secure your spot. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Congo at

For more information about liquid silicone rubber and other high quality silicone elastomers, visit this web page and contact us.