Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication

Receive a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem-solving and application areas. With an emphasis on liquid injection molding, learn from a panel of experts in the silicone field, and discuss specific projects of interest.

Featured in this course is a one-day “field trip” to M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. during which attendees experience all the manufacturing processes involved in producing an actual liquid silicone rubber part including material selection, pump design and operation, tool design considerations, injection molding machine setup and operation, and flow analysis.

This course will be held at the Embassy Suites in Anaheim, Orange, CA. Reserve your room today!

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Elastomer Technology Certificate
Plastics Technology Certificate


Rick Finnie

Rick Finnie

Rick Finnie is the owner of M. R. Mold & Engineering, located in Brea, Calif., which celebrated 30 years in business in 2015. In 1985, Rick Finnie opened M.R. Mold & Engineering with one employee and has steadily grown the business ... read more

Craig Lustek

Craig Lustek

Craig Lustek has more than 20 years of experience in process engineering, research and development, product management and manufacturing with suppliers of elastomers and processing equipment. Before joining R.D. Abbott (RDAbbott), Craig was an application engineer for one of the ... read more

Bob Pelletier

Bob Pelletier

Mr. Pelletier received a BBA from Western Michigan University and an AS in Science from Schoolcraft College. He has worked in the LSR & RTV industry for over 19 years. Although his main focus is sales and marketing, he also ... read more

Stefan Scheibner

Stefan Scheibner

Stefan Scheibner started in 1990 in Germany as an apprentice at an automotive supplier for injection-molded parts to become a certified process technician. After completing the three-year program, he worked as a process technician with various injection molding companies in ... read more

John Timmerman

John Timmerman

John Timmerman has had the pleasure of participating in one of the fastest growing elastomer industries with over 25 years in the processing of Silicone Rubber in both high consistency and liquid forms. He started his career in tool design, ... read more

Rick Ziebell

Rick Ziebell

Rick A. Ziebell, a Graduate of Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic University, his academic work also includes Application Studies in Polymer Technology with Dow. His work has earned him patentee status in chemical application and use patents ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Entry-level and experienced rubber technologists
  • Rubber chemists
  • Process engineers
  • Laboratory managers, supervisors, technicians
  • Shop foremen
  • Quality assurance managers and engineers
  • Technical sales personnel
  • Rubber producers and users

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Visit M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. to experience the production of an actual liquid silicone rubber part
  • Observe pump design and operation, machine setup and operation, flow analysis and more
  • Understand material selection, dispensing methods, injection molding process, tool design and bonding alternatives

Course Outline/Topics

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

Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR / LIM)

  • Why Liquid Silicones?
  • Comparison with HCE and TPE
  • Process Overview
  • Dispensing Systems
  • Injection Equipment
  • Molding Parameters
  • Automation
  • Demolding
  • Flow Analysis and Simulation
  • Troubleshooting

Tooling Design and Construction

  • Materials
  • Machining Methods
  • Hot Runner vs. Cold Runner
  • Valve Gate vs. Open Gate
  • Venting and Gating
  • Cavitation
  • Balanced Design
  • Do’s and Don’ts

Adhesion and Bonding of Silicone Rubber

  • Definition of Adhesion
  • Types of Adhesion
  • Measurement of Adhesion
  • Overmolding
  • Two Component Molding
  • Surface Modification
  • Troubleshooting

Class Project

  • Performance Objectives
  • Material and Equipment Requirements
  • Prototyping
  • Cost Analysis
  • Debugging

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

Date: Mon-Thu, Feb 17-20, 2020

Time: 8am-4:30pm

Location: Embassy Suites Anaheim/Orange, 400 North State St College Boulevard , Orange, CA

John Timmerman
Rick Finnie
Bob Pelletier
Craig Lustek
Stefan Scheibner
Rick Ziebell


$1,590 by Thu., Dec. 17, 2020.
$1,790 after Thu., Dec. 17, 2020.

CEUs: 2.4, PDHs: 24

Enrollment Limit: 45

Program Number: 4830-12451

Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

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