Rubber Heart March 2021 News

16 Mar 2021

Rubber Heart March 2021 News

Hertford, UK – 16th March 2021 It’s been a year since Rubber Heart’s first event visit, last domestic and international event (all in the space of two months!) and we were saddened to see that Tire Tech Expo and DTK 2021 planned for the summer have understandably been postponed. However, it’s good news to see the Call for Abstracts for Rubber Division, ACS IEC 2021 Technical Meeting & Annual Student Symposium. This great international event will be held from 5th – 7th October 2021 in Pittsburgh, a fantastic and vibrant city and will be the first large gathering for our industry for what feels like a very long time.

To celebrating it being the 200th(!) Technical Meeting, additional special “Frontiers” symposia have been organised to address the past, present and future of key areas in rubber science. Make sure you get your submission in by 3rd May 2021 for them to be considered for the programme – you can find out all the details here.

The RD team have put in so much work to organise a safe Spring Meeting that will be held from 27th – 29th April in Independence, Ohio and it looks an impressive programme with some eminent speakers so do take a look, this is will be a full hybrid event, meaning you can view all presentations live online. Presentations will also be available after the meeting for on demand viewing.

Over the coming months Rubber Division, ACS extensive, online educational programme continues with some excellent training opportunities for industry professionals and students – take a look to see the full programme here.

Following the enormous success of RDs women’s events at the past two IECs, a new online series – WORD Conversations – begins on 24th March featuring the first ever woman Goodyear Medallist Dr Judit Puskas sharing her story. Terry DeLapa – the first Woman Chair of Rubber Division, ACS – will be the featured guest at the second in the series on 26th May 2021. The one-hour events will also include breakout room sessions for networking a Q&A so do sign up (it’s free) and be part of the conversation!

ACE Products & Consulting continues to go from strength to strength after recording record revenues in 2020. ACE is an industry leading ISO /IEC 17025 accredited laboratory based in Ravenna, Ohio that provides testing and developmental services to the rubber and silicone industries. The company was founded in 2015 by Erick Sharp, President & CEO, and has been on a rapid growth track since then, expanding its customer base globally and achieving record-setting sales in Europe towards the end of 2020.

Find out more about ACE’s growing capabilities that include regulatory testing for the polymer industry that includes nitrosamine, phthalate and trace metal analysis.

It was announced early this year that ACE has been appointed Wallace Instruments North American sales, calibration and service partner. Wallace is one of the world’s most recognisable and trusted names in rubber testing equipment and has also reported a promising start to 2021 with news expected on a new product launch in the spring. Wallace equipment is designed and manufactured in the UK by Tenon Engineering, an end-to-end precision manufacturing company specialising in complex electromechanical assemblies. It is taking part in the Engineering Design Show: Reconnect from 31st March – 1st April 2021, the UK’s only virtual event entirely dedicated to engineering, electronics and embedded design which is free to attend.

Sharing knowledge to drive innovation! There are some excellent webinars, online meetings and training being offered at the moment where much larger audiences are able to hear from real industry experts on a myriad of relevant topics and latest research findings.

Endurica’s Winning on Durability webinar series is proving to be very popular and the next one ‘Users Spotlights’ takes place on Friday 19th March 2021. In this hour-long presentation, two companies will be sharing their experiences of using Endurica solutions for real life applications – the durability analysis of an automotive bushing and the enhancement of fatigue life of inflatable seals in demanding environments. If you are unable to make the live presentation, do sign up – it’s free to attend – and you will receive a link to the recorded version within a few days.

The next Endurica online master class ‘Viscoelastic Effects in Elastomers and Impact on Durability’ takes place 23rd – 24th March 2021 and will cover how to use DMA data to manage heat build-up and durability. The course was developed in response to requests for a specialized training workshop to benefit materials engineers, compounders, rubber chemists, product development engineers, R&D scientists, and rubber lab managers at manufacturers of tyres and rubber parts and companies that supply raw materials.

It’s a year ago since the last IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group live meeting in Oxford and moving these technical discussions and presentations to online events has attracted a much wider audience with hundreds of attendees from all over the world. Don’t miss the next one on Friday 19th March 2021 ‘Elastomer Use in Sustainable Energy Generation’ with five fantastic speakers and Q&A after each presentation.

Continuing with the sustainability theme, Trinseo has announced a new Forward Focused webinar series starting with the important topic of electric vehicles. ‘THE AUTOMOTIVE EV REVOLUTION: Impacts and Challenges for OEMs, Tires and Materials’ will be broadcast live on Friday 26th March 2021 with presentations from industry experts from Mckinsey & Company, LMC Automotive and Trinseo. With the global automotive industry entering the biggest disruption in its history, this webinar will explore the OEM perspective on the decarbonisation of the vehicle, how performance and sustainability priorities will shift for the tire industry and how innovation in materials development will be critical in reaching emission goals. It’s free to sign up so don’t miss out, there will also be a panel discussion and Q&A.

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