Polymers and Plastics Webinar Series

Join our experts for our series of webinars covering deformulation strategies for polymers, analytical techniques to understand PE-based blends, and innovative approaches to solving complex polymer problems

Polymers surround us in various forms. Bottles, telephones, clothing and packaging materials are all examples of polymers that play a significant role in our life. But do you know the processes and testing these products go through so that they are safe for use? Our complimentary webinar series covers deformulation strategies for polymers and their raw materials, leveraging analytical techniques to understand PE-based blends, and integrated analytical approaches for solving complex polymer packaging problems. Click the links below to register to attend or view on demand.
 
Raw material and finished product manufacturers alike use reverse engineering to guide their decisions as they embark on new product development efforts to protect existing products. Decisions related to in-house manufacture, alternative supplier identification, composition’s role in failure, patent infringement, regulatory requirements and safety assessment all include deformulation as a basis. Each brings a different set of considerations that influences the process and approach needed to answer the question to the optimum level and detail. This webinar discusses considerations for each of these six areas, giving case studies to emphasize the unique challenges of polymers and plastics.

Presenter: Paula McDaniel, PhD, Business Development Director, Intertek Allentown

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Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer that is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world. There are primarily three grades of Polyethylene (PE): High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), and Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE). Various grades of PE are often blended together to produce an article with the appropriate properties. Many manufacturers have asked us to help them determine how much of each PE grade is in a given article. Despite the way the grades are named, i.e., high density and low density, measuring density is not a viable option for determining the composition of PE-based blends. As a result, Intertek has used a series of thermal, mechanical, and spectroscopic methods to aid in answering the blend composition question. This webinar discusses the types of methods used to successfully determine PE variants.

Presenter: Menas Vratsanos, PhD, Chief Scientist, Intertek Allentown

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Flexible packaging materials are widely used for food, chemicals, medical devices and more. Polymer films can be heavily engineered to bring unique barrier properties or be formed into unique shapes to allow for efficient packing and transport. In early product development or post market failure analysis, a variety of advanced analytical techniques can be used to evaluate performance, evaluate claims and investigate compatibility issues. Intertek Allentown regularly partners to evaluate performance claims and explore failure modes by leveraging our materials and testing expertise in creative ways to mimic an application or environmental exposure. Through the use of case studies, this on-demand webinar demonstrates the value of an integrated analytical approach and the right level of expertise to aid in solving tough packaging problems.

Presenter: Scott Hanton, PhD, General Manager, Intertek Allentown

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