RDAbbott Provides Instructors for TLARGI’s Basic Rubber Technology Course

RDAbbott will provide the instructors for The Los Angeles Rubber Group’s (TLARGI) 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course. RDAbbott’s Rick Ziebell, Technical Fellow and Vice President of Technology, and Matt Rogers, Applications Engineering and Technical Support, will lead this 15-week course that begins on August 27th and ends on December 17th. The course consists of live weekly webinars that will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM (Pacific Time). Since the course is online and available at a discounted rate, rubber industry professionals from across the United States are encouraged to register now for expert instruction that was available previously in the Los Angeles area only.

TLARGI, a subdivision of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has modified the format of its annual Basic Rubber Technology Course in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In years past, TLARGI provided this course in-person and in two 10-week semesters.

The 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course will enable learners to receive online, expert instruction in a live, friendly, and interactive format while maintaining safe physical distancing. TLARGI’s comprehensive course begins with an overview of the rubber industry and covers topics such as designing, formulating, compounding, fabricating, and testing with rubber. Students will also learn about silicone rubber, rubber-to-substrate bonding, recycling, latex, foam and sponge, mold building, and testing methods.

The instructors for TLARGI’s 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course will answer student questions as part of the conference-style format, which requires an Internet-enabled computer and use of a web-based platform. Instructor Rick Ziebell has more than 30 years of experience in the rubber industry and has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. The holder of several patents in silicone technology, Ziebell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University. Instructor Matt Rogers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rubber Engineering Technology from Ferris State University and began his RDAbbott career as a lab technician.

The cost of TLARGI’s 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course is $380 – a 20 percent discount because of its abridged nature. Students may pay by credit or check, and can register online now.