Community & Workforce Programs

March 23-27: Office of Community and Workforce Programs to exhibit at NPE2015

Behrend Section: 
School of Engineering
Community & Workforce Programs


In collaboration with the School of Engineering, the Penn State Behrend Office of Community and Workforce Programs will exhibit at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase​ to be held March 23-27 in Orlando, Florida.

Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication - July 2015

1.  Silicone Elastomer Technology

  • Silicone Product Categories
  • Why Silicone?
  • Silicone Markets and Applications
  • Silicone Manufacturing Process
  • Nomenclature
  • HCE / HCR Technology
  • LIM / LSR Technology
  • Testing and Specifications
  • Elastomer Properties

2.  Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR / LIM)

Thermoplastic Materials and Testing - August 2015

1. Plastics Phenomena - what makes plastics different from other materials

  • Viscoelasticity
  • Entanglement
  • Orientation
  • Crystallinity

2. Mechanical Testing

Process Validation for Medical Injection Molding - June 2015

This workshop is geared toward molding professionals including engineers, technicians, managers, and quality engineers manufacturing plastic components for use in medical applications or an FDA regulated environment.  This class will provide 2 days of classroom and hands-on applications of process development, quality assurance, and process validation techniques and principles.

Polymer Science and Material Selection Fundamentals - May 2015

Polymer Basics

  • Homopolymers, copolymers
  • Morphology – amorphous, semi-crystalline
  • Molecular weight
  • Viscosity
  • Viscoelasticity behavior


Medical Product Development - May 2015

This seminar has been developed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the plastic medical device development process. It will teach students how products proceed from basic idea through production in the context of a regulated industry. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the regulatory environment and the overall integrated new product development process. This will be taught with a combination of lectures and group activities.

DOE for Injection Molding - July 2015

  • Overview of the Validation Process
  • IQ, PQ, & OQ
  • When to use DOEs
  • Preparing for the DOE
  • Setting up the initial process
  • Determining factors and factor levels
  • Determining sample size
  • Screening Designs
  • Fractional Factorials
  • Two level designs
  • Replications versus repetitions
  • Foldovers
  • Center points
  • Response Surface Designs
  • When three level designs are needed
  • Central composite

Injection Molding Troubleshooting - March 2015

1. Surface Defects

  • Flow lines and jetting
  • Splay (moisture or trapped air)
  • Haze, blush, and poor gloss
  • Orange peel and surface ripples
  • Gate blush and gate splay

2. Burning and Contamination Problems

  • Burn marks and black specks
  • Burn streaks
  • Contamination
  • Discoloration or poor color match

3. Physical Problems