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ASC Offers Educational Opportunities in 2024

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is offering several webinars and short courses in the first half of 2024. These educational offerings are designed for professionals in the industry, including technology managers, R&D scientists and manufacturing engineers, as well as those in technical and business roles. The following is the list of educational offerings. 

Webinars

Adhesives for Transportation Lightweighting

Instructor: George Ritter of ChemQuest Group. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 10:00–11:00 a.m. EST.

Attendees of the webinar will learn the importance and implication so lightweighting in the transportation sector. They will learn key markets within the sector and drivers that impact those markets. Additionally, they will hear about the types of materials manufacturers might encounter when assembling structures in transportation applications. They will also learn about the types of adhesives using in joining materials and the key adhesive characteristics needed in specific transportation markets. The webinar is designed for professionals in technical and business roles working in the transportation and assembly space. It is also applicable for technology managers, R&D scientists, manufacturing engineering managers and directors. 

To learn more and to register, visit https://www.ascouncil.org/events/adhesives-fortransportation-lightweighting/register.

How to Formulate New Products

Instructor: Paul Lewis, current president of E2C, a consulting company in the chemical industry.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT.

The webinar will teach attendees the steps needed to develop new adhesives, sealants, and other blended chemical products from scratch. Teaching the basic and advanced skills needed to successfully formulate new adhesives, sealants, and other blended chemical products, formulators will learn how to deal with complex and challenging requests from customers. The webinar will benefit technical and business professionals in the transportation and assembly markets. These include technology managers, R&D scientists, manufacturing and engineering managers, and directors.

To learn more and to register, visit https://www.ascouncil.org/events/how-to-formulate-new-products/register.  

Process Optimization and Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Friday, May 10, 2024, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT

Instructors: Bob Kramer, director, ChemQuest and Warren “Pete” Smith, director, ChemQuest

The webinar will detail operational efficiency, yields, margins, and quality that translate to increased EBITDA. Attendees will gain an understanding of the development and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs) for maximum profitability (ROI), as well as methods to implement and sustain improvements in manufacturing operations, processes, SKUs, and production. It is intended for professionals in the adhesive industry working for raw material producers. Managers, directors, technology managers, and professionals in manufacturing and process engineering should attend this webinar. Formulators and manufacturers will gain knowledge on asset utilization, yield/quality, waste reduction/elimination, costs and working capital.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit www.ascouncil.org/events/process-optimization-and-overall-equipment-effectiveness

Optimizing Plant Operations including Design Considerations for Growth

Instructors: Bob Kramer, director, ChemQuest, Warren “Pete” Smith, director, ChemQuest , and Joel Shertok Ph.D

Friday, May 17, 2024, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT

This webinar will focus on facility start-ups, plant expansions, increases in operations capacities, alternate capabilities, plant relocations, and asset retirements.

Attendees will learn key considerations for evaluating the effectiveness of their existing facilities and current capacities and hear tips for understanding the technical requirements of best-in-class operations. The webinar will provide specific details related to various factors that should be considered when embarking on a new facility start-up or plant expansion. The class is intended for professionals in the adhesive industry working for raw material producers. Managers, directors, technology managers, and professionals in manufacturing and process engineering should attend this webinar. Formulators and manufacturers will gain knowledge on asset utilization, yield/quality, waste reduction/elimination, costs and working capital.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit www.ascouncil.org/events/optimizing-plant-operations.

Advanced Curing Technologies

Instructor: Debkumar Bhattacharjee

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:00-11:00am EDT

This webinar will allow participants to gain up-to-date knowledge in how to design adhesives and sealants systems with a long shelf life.

Attendees of the webinar will learn about advanced cure technologies, comparisons of alternate energy sources for curing, photolatent and blocked catalysts, and methods to reduce assembly cost and improve productivity.

Professionals in technical and business roles will equally benefit from this webinar. Technology managers, R&D scientists, chemists, technical services, and process engineering professionals will gain an in-depth knowledge of cure mechanisms and methods.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit www.ascouncil.org/events/advanced-curing-technologies.

Optimizing Supply Chain to Increase the Bottom Line

Instructors: Bob Kramer, director, ChemQuest and Ray Glasser, vice president, ChemQuest

Friday, June 7, 2024, 12:00-1:00 p.m .EDT

The webinar will focus on methods and practices to improve overall supply chain efficiencies impacting performance by looking at fully integrated supply chain tools. 

Attendees will hear strategies for optimizing in-house vendor management, achieving quality improvement, and improving lead times to customers. In addition, the webinar will detail how to address vendor sourcing, logistics, transportation/freight, and buyer groups.

This webinar is intended for professionals in the adhesive industry working for raw material producers. Managers, directors, technology managers, and professionals in manufacturing and process engineering should attend this webinar. Formulators and manufacturers will gain knowledge on asset utilization, yield/quality, waste reduction/elimination, costs and working capital.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit www.ascouncil.org/events/optimizing-supply-chain.

Safety First! Best Practices in Environmental, Health and Safety

Instructors: Bob Kramer, director, ChemQuest and Karl Davenport, director, ChemQuest 

Friday, June 14, 2024, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT

The webinar will begin with an explanation of current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and operation procedures, the webinar will discuss the evolution of environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

Attendees will gain insight on topics such as hazardous waste, air and water emissions, process safety, personal protective equipment, emergency response, and hazard communications.

This webinar is intended for professionals in the adhesive industry working for raw material producers. Managers, directors, technology managers, and professionals in manufacturing and process engineering should attend this webinar. Formulators and manufacturers will gain knowledge on asset utilization, yield/quality, waste reduction/elimination, costs and working capital.

To learn more about the webinar and register, visit www.ascouncil.org/events/safety-first-best-practices.

The council is offering two short courses co-located with the 2024 Convention & EXPO. These courses will be held at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Registration for courses will be open until March 29, 2024 at 12:00 a.m. EST. 

Short Courses

2024 Polyurethane Short Course 

Monday, April 15, 2024 to Tuesday, April 16, 2024. 

The 1.5-day short course will cover the chemistry and technology behind one-part and two-part polyurethane formulations. Topics covered will include markets, raw materials, reactions, formulating, fundamentals of adhesion, polymer science, and physical testing. Experts from the field will teach the course, which will include discussion and networking opportunities. The course will provide information about how to design, select, apply and troubleshoot polyurethane formulations. The short course is designed to provide industry professionals with a better understanding of the technology, chemistry and fundamentals of polyurethane adhesive and sealant formulations. Attendees should have a knowledge of chemistry. 

To learn more and to register, visit https://www.ascouncil.org/events/2024-polyurethane-short-course

Formulation Strategies Short Course

Monday, April 15, 2024, to Tuesday, April 16, 2024. 

The short course offers a comprehensive fundamental platform, highlighted through industry case studies to increase your understanding of the best practices and programs one needs to design, formulate, evaluate and launch new or enhanced adhesives via intensive instruction and case studies. The Formulators Tool box and additional, valuable strategies shared in the course will enhance the ability to assess supply chain options, deliver quality products from production at a cost defined from the well-crafted business case. Suitable for a wide range of technical participants, the course is designed for entry level personnel to experienced senior technicians and PhD scientists who wish to formulate and troubleshoot effectively. Attendees from R&D, process development, manufacturing, quality control, tech service and applications who are developing products for a wide range of industries will benefit from the course. 

To learn more and to register, visit https://www.ascouncil.org/events/2024-formulation-strategies-short-course

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