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Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention

Dive into a broad range of topics essential to understanding and preventing plastic failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is performing a systematic failure analysis following scientific method. Someone once said, “If you don’t know how something broke, you can’t fix it,” highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed.

This course can be applied to the Plastics Technology Certificate.


Jeffrey  Jansen

Jeffrey Jansen

Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner. Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, and aging studies for thermoplastic materials, and has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, he has performed ... read more

Javier  Cruz

Javier Cruz

Javier C. Cruz is a Senior Managing Engineer at The Madison Group where he is actively involved in failure analysis and design verification of thermoplastic, composite, and elastomeric parts. He also leads research investigations related to analysis and testing techniques ... read more

Antoine Rios

Antoine Rios

Antoine Rios, Sr. Managing Engineer, Principal, has been with The Madison Group since 1999. Dr. Rios received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Plastics Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. His work concentrates in the analysis of plastics failure, ... read more

Erik Foltz

Erik Foltz

Erik Foltz is a Certified Professional Moldflow® Consultant at The Madison Group. Foltz received his M.S. from the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Foltz’s work concentrates on assisting industrial clients accelerate the product design process ... read more

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, technicians and managers who design, fabricate and manufacture plastic components.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the essentials of why plastic components fail
  • Understand the five factors affecting plastic part performance
  • Learn the process of conducting a failure investigation
  • Know the importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure
  • Understand how and why a product has failed
  • Explore approaches to more quickly respond to and resolve plastic component failure
  • Learn methods and techniques to avoid future failures

Course Outline/Topics

  • Introduction to Plastics
    • Overview of Plastics
    • Composition
    • Properties
    • Plastic Part Failure
    • Failure Correction and Prevention
      • Part Design
      • Mold Design
      • Material Selection
      • Processing
      • Validation Testing
    • Failure of Plastics Overview
    • Failure Mechanisms
    • The Roles of Multiple Factor Concurrency and Statistical Distribution in Plastic Part Failure
  • Failure Analysis
    • Problem Solving / Investigation Techniques – FA and RCA
    • Failure Analysis Test Methods
    • Case Studies

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Tue-Wed, Apr 16-17

Time: 8am-4:30pm

Location: University of Wisconsin-Stout, Memorial Student Center, 302 10th Avenue E, Menomonie, WI

Jeffrey Jansen
Javier Cruz
Erik Foltz
Antoine Rios


$1,190 by Sat., Feb. 16.
$1,290 after Sat., Feb. 16.

CEUs: 1.4, PDHs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4830-11540

Registration Deadline: Tue., Apr. 16

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Date: Mon-Wed, Oct 14-16

Time: 8am-4:30pm Special Notes: Class ends at 4:30 pm on days one and two and at 3 pm on day three.

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Jeffrey Jansen
Javier Cruz
Erik Foltz
Antoine Rios


$1,290 by Wed., Aug. 14.
$1,390 after Wed., Aug. 14.

CEUs: 2.0, PDHs: 20

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4830-11769

Registration Deadline: Mon., Oct. 14

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