Smithers Rapra

Introduction to Plastics Technology


This 2-day course has been developed to support people with little or no knowledge of plastics (whether newcomers or those with no previous formal training) working in plastics manufacturing or downstream industries and will introduce participants to the fundamentals of plastics technology.

Who Will Benefit

People working in plastics production, materials supply and other industries which supply to or purchase from plastics manufacturers Newcomers to these industries, or people who have had no formal technical training managers and professionals in areas such as sales, marketing and other roles where a knowledge of plastics materials and processing technologies would improve confidence and communication, with customers, suppliers and colleagues.

Attendees will learn:

  • Basic polymer science relative to understanding plastics
  • The properties of plastics materials and their relation to other materials
  • The role of additives
  • The technologies by which plastics are processed into finished products
  • Why certain plastics are used in various applications.

Course Content

  • Basic polymer science – The structure of plastics (thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics) relative to properties and processing: characterisation tests
  • Plastics materials: properties–The physical and chemical properties of commodity and engineering thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics, compared with other materials:
  • Additives: The function of additives: stabilisers; plasticizers; fillers; flame retardants; pigments and others, together with the major suppliers
  • Applications: the plastics used for packaging, construction, household, automotive, electrical and electronic, agriculture and other sectors
  • Processing –The principles of processes for thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics: thermoplastics: injection, blow and rotational moulding; extrusion: film; pipe; profile; wire and cable; coating; thermoforming: other processes: calendering; dip coating: thermosetting plastics : compression and injection moulding; foam processes; fibre reinforced plastics processes and others.
  • Plastics and the environment: recycling; ecology; legislation
  • Future developments: new materials and processes.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to give participants sufficient understanding of plastics technology to be able to communicate effectively and confidently with industry colleagues, customers and suppliers. The course will also provide a basis for further training in more detailed aspects of plastics technology.

Joy Harrison, BSc (Eng.), FIMMM - Consultant, Smithers Rapra
Andrew Hulme, BEng., PhD., AMIMMM - Consultant, Smithers Rapra

Course Fee:

The cost of this 2-day training course is £550.00 + VAT per person and includes a comprehensive course manual, lunch and refreshments.

Discounts given for multiple registrations:

  • 10% discount for 2 delegates registering
  • 15% discount for 3 or more delegates registering

Very impressed with the extensive knowledge of the presenters, good facilities and hospitality - Quality Engineer, Automotive Manufacturer

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