Root Cause Analysis: Success in Failure of Plastics Virtual Boot Camp(VRTCHM628)

Presented by: Jeffrey A. Jansen
Duration: 300 minutes

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Prevent Plastic Component Failure through Root Cause Analysis

You know that plastics fail. And there are many reasons why – such as fatigue, stress fracture, molecular degradation, creep rupture, and others. The problem is that most plastics failures are caused by multiple factors, and assessing whether it was a material, design, processing, or installation failure is less than straightforward. How do you figure out what caused the failure so you can fix it?

Someone once said, “if you don’t know how something broke, you can’t fix it”, and this highlights the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product failed.

Failure analysis requires a systematic approach and includes analytical observation of testing guided by sound engineering practices. A thorough analysis includes both fractographic examination and analytical testing to determine how and why the part failed. However, you need to go beyond failure analysis – to root cause determination – to understand the true cause of the failure and implement an effective solution.

Join this Virtual Boot Camp, where materials engineering expert Jeffrey A. Jansen will help you understand how and why a product failed. Jansen will use practical problem-solving techniques and case studies to show you how to run a successful failure analysis, recognize different failure mechanisms, and know which tests to perform to determine the root cause of the failure.

Why You Should Attend

This webinar is presented by a recognized expert from The Madison Group. After attending it, you will understand the basic principles that affect the durability and failure of plastic parts. The practical techniques and case studies used in this course will help you to quickly grasp the key aspects of plastic failure and prevention. You will also learn how to avoid future failures by confidently applying your knowledge at the workplace. The combination of an excellent speaker, a convenient web-based presentation, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity!

Session Objectives

After attending this Virtual Boot Camp, you will learn:

  • Why plastic components fail
  • The 5 factors that affect plastic part performance: Material, design, processing, installation, and service conditions
  • How to conduct a failure investigation and understand how and why a product has failed
  • The importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure
  • The major plastic failure mechanisms
  • Failure analysis case studies

Key Takeaways

After attending this virtual boot camp, you will be able to:

  • Understand how the structure and composition of plastic materials affects performance
  • Run a successful failure analysis
  • Know which tests to perform to diagnose a failed plastic component
  • Recognize different failure mechanisms in failed parts you encounter
  • Identify the multiple factors that caused the failure within a plastic component
  • Go beyond failure analysis to get to root cause determination
Session Details
Session-1: How Plastics Fail
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am ET | Duration: 90 minutes

Session Highlights

  • Overview of plastics
  • Defining failure
  • Failure mechanisms
Q/A Session/Break: 15 minutes
Session-2: Plastic Failure Analysis
Time: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm ET| Duration: 90 minutes

Session Highlights

  • Plastics performance factors
  • Understanding failure rate
  • Failure analysis methodology
Q/A Session/Break 15 minutes
Session-3: Materials Testing and Case Studies
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET | Duration: 90 minutes

Session Highlights

  • Materials testing in failure analysis
  • Case studies
Q/A Session
Who Should Attend
  • Design engineers
  • Plastic engineers
  • Materials engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Designers
  • Managers
  • Chemists
  • Polymer scientists
  • Laboratory technicians
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About Our Speaker(s)
Jeffrey A. Jansen

Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent polymeric materials engineering and consulting firm.  Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic and thermoset materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, he has performed over 3,350 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. Jeff is regularly presents educational webinars, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology. Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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