Visitors to the Compounding World Expo will be able to attend a series of six free training seminars on a range of plastics compounding topics. The practical seminars will take place over both days of the exhibition, which is being held at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 8-9 May 2019

The topics being covered in the training seminars include process optimisation, compound formulation, regulatory compliance, polymer stabilisation, machine specification, and colour measurement and control.

“The practical seminars will be delivered by acknowledged experts and experienced trainers,” explained Andy Beevers, events director at AMI, the organiser of the exhibition. “We want to provide visitors with valuable educational content, in addition to the opportunity to meet more than 140 suppliers who will be exhibiting at the Compounding World Expo.”

The opening training seminar will cover the specification of twin-screw extruders for compounding. It will be given by Adam Dreiblatt, the director of process technology at CPM Extrusion Group. Dreiblatt has over 35 years of twin-screw extrusion experience. Prior to joining CPM in 2007 he ran a consulting and training company focused on compounding technology, and he developed training workshops for the Society of Plastics Engineers.

The second training seminar at Compounding World Expo will focus on regulatory compliance. Bernie Henn, supplier development manager at Verisk 3E will speak about modernising product stewardship for compounded, extruded or recycled plastics. Verisk 3E provides compliance solutions to more than 5,000 companies around the world, including many leading chemical companies.

The next free training seminar will focus on understanding and formulating plastics compounds and will be delivered by Chris DeArmitt, president of Phantom Plastics. He has an extensive plastics industry background including technical and management positions at BASF, Electrolux, and several suppliers of fillers and additives. DeArmitt has authored a book on innovation and he works as a consultant for companies on breakthrough materials, problem solving and training.

The first free training seminar on the second day of the Compounding World Expo will focus on top tips for optimising twin-screw extrusion and it will be given by Bert Elliott, engineering manager at Leistritz Extrusion. He has extensive experience of working with customers on commissioning and optimising a wide range of compounding lines for a variety applications. Elliott wrote a series of very popular articles on this topic forCompounding Worldmagazine and has delivered well-received talks on the subject at our Compounding World Forum and other events.

The vitally important topic of evaluating and controlling colour in plastics will be covered in a seminar by Frank Koger, technical sales engineer at Konica Minolta Sensing Americas. He will share key knowledge garnered during the 30 years that he has worked in the world of colour.

The final training seminar will be on understanding the basics of polymer degradation and stabilisation. It will be delivered by Ronald Becker, business development manager at SI Group who speaks regularly on this fundamentally important topic for compounders.

If you wish to attend any of the training seminars at the Compounding World Expo, register for your free ticket here. This will give you free admission to the exhibition and its two conference theatres featuring technical presentations and business debates in addition to educational seminars. It will also ensure free entry to the Plastics Recycling World Expo and the Plastics Extrusion World Expo.