Technical Sessions

Scope of 2020 Technical Program Sessions

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Norm Kakarala, SPE Fellow
  • Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford Motor Company
  • David Helmer, General Motors

Materials Development Session

Co-Chairs:

  • Laura Soreide, Ford Motor Company
  • Mark Jablonka, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Peter Glenister, LyondellBasell

Session Scope:

  • New developments in polyolefin resin, talc, mineral and other filler/reinforcement materials.
  • Innovations and new applications for high rigidity polyolefin compounds or composites with either
    fibrous or non-fibrous reinforcement.
  • New developments and innovations in impact modification.
  • Advancements in both traditional and novel additives and stabilizers to improve product performance.

Surface Enhancements Session

Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Rose Ryntz, Ryntz & Associates, LLC
  • Jeff B. Crist, Ford Motor Company
  • Jim Keller, Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC

Session Scope:

  • Visual Surface Enhancements (Colorability, TPO grades developed for improved aesthetics).
  • Haptic Surface Enhancements.
  • Surface Performance Enhancements (Scratch and mar improvements, measurement of surface
    quality or durability).
  • Surface Modifications (Pre-treatments, TPO grades developed for improved paint adhesion, Process
    developments for surface finish improvements.
  • M14 Coatings for TPO (New paint systems, Metallic paints, Clearcoats, Primers, Films).

 

Interior Applications & Laminating Adhesives Session

Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Pravin Sitaram, Haartz Corporation
  • Austin Wagenhals, Ford Motor Company
  • Hoa Pham, Freudenberg LP

Session Scope:

  • Interiors for the Future
    TPO/SEBS Skins.
  • TPO/TPE Coated Fabrics.
  • TPE/TPV Body/Glazing Seals.
  • TPO Airbags doors, Chutes and Ramps.
  • Polyolefin Foams.
  • Natural Fiber reinforced panels.
  • Foams/Core Back/Two Shot Molding methods.
  • Evolution of Trim Panels in Automotive Interiors.
  • Headliners.
  • Acoustic Opportunities for TPO and TPE.
  • Soft Touch/Two Shot TPE.
  • Role for graphene/conductive materials in interiors.
  • Flexible smart surfaces for automotive interiors.
  • Next generation coatings for TPO substrates.
  • Anti-microbial Surfaces.
  • Laminating Adhesives for Automotive Interiors.

Lightweighting of Polyolefin Parts Session

Co-Chairs:

  • Michael Shoemaker, Borealis
  • Nadeem A. Bokhari, Ph.D., Sumitomo Chemical Group
  • Normand Miron, Washington Penn Plastic Company

Session Scope:

  •  Lightweighting Developments for TPO’s.
  • Molding Process Options resulting in Lightweighting of parts.
  • TPO Success Stories – Replacement with weight reduction of Metal & Other Plastics to TPO.
  • Actual case study/Project – Design, tooling, process and material perspectives.
  • Reinforcement ingredient strategies to Lightweight parts.
  • Formulation/property/process optimization studies leading to lightweighting of TPO parts.
  • Enabling molding/processing Technologies for lightweighting with TPO formulations.

Process Developments & Simulations Session

Co-Chairs:

  • Mike Cuneo, Washington Penn Plastic Company
  • Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow

Session Scope:

  • Weight Savings Technologies.
  • Process optimization approaches to stay competitive.
  • Part molding techniques for optimizing efficiency.
  • Tooling approaches for optimal surface appearance.
  • Part forming innovations by injection and blow molding, extrusion, compounding and thermoforming.
  • Effect of predictive modeling and process simulation tools such as moldflow/CAE/FEA on program
    timing and cost.
  • Material Modeling, testing, and characterization of TPO.
  • Performance Simulation for Stiffness and Strength, Durability and Fatigue, Crash Safety, and joints.

Applications for Biobased Materials

Co-Chairs

  •  Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford Motor Company
  • Akshay Trivedi, Lear Corporation
  • Drew Geda, Hyundai Motor Group

Session Scope:

  • Quality and reliability of bio-based materials.
  • Applications using of bio-based materials.
  • Processability of bio-based materials.
  • Challenges for increased use of bio-based materials.
  • Advances in bio-based materials.
  • VOC, odor reduction strategies and antimicrobial solutions for bio-based materials.

 

*SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS*

Enablers for Plastics Recovery & Reuse

Co-Chairs

  • Mike Balow, Auxin Consulting
  • Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow
  • Susan Kozora, IAC Group

Session Scope:

  • Design for recycling with focus on disassembly, separation, and rejuvenation.
  • Infrastructure Developments.
  • Success case studies.
  • Perspectives from recyclers.

Innovations in Plastics for Future Mobility

Co-Chairs:

  • David Helmer, General Motors Company
  • Andrew Sanders, Borealis Compounds
  • Frank Schumann, Trinseo, LLC

Session Scope:

  •  Developments in materials for attenuation of signals with RADAR or LIDAR for autonomous vehicles.
  • Specific material needs for electric vehicles.
  • Cleanability considerations and anti-microbial interiors for ride sharing vehicles.

 

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