Introduction to Plastics Materials Datasheets

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Nov 29-30 2017 - £660.00

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Course duration: 2 days

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


Technical Datasheets Demystified

This course is aimed at those who use plastics, buy in plastic components or design with these materials.

For most materials, data sheets are readily available, but these can be insightful to some, or terrifying to the uninitiated!

The aim is to de-mystify what data sheets tell us and enable attendees to use that information with more confidence and understanding.

 Attendees will learn:

  • What the properties mean and how to use them
  • How to compare one material with another
  • What data is relevant to their products
  • An appreciation of the need to consider data values in context
  • The limitations of datasheets

Course Content

Introduction to the different types of datasheets for plastic materials:

This section will describe the different types of datasheets commonly used in the polymer industry, i.e., Material Safety Datasheets -  MSDS and Material Technical Datasheets  - MTDS.   The differences between Materials Datasheets and Product Datasheets will be discussed together with datasheets relevant to different industries, for example:

  • Engineers   multi point e.g. automotive under-bonnet etc.
  • Processors  - melt flow, machine settings, drying
  • Medical & food contact – regulatory information

The Structure of a Materials Technical Datasheet (MTDS)

What does a MTDS comprise in terms of categories of properties and layout?   In this section we will look at what we would expect to find on a Materials Technical Datasheet and what it is trying to tell us.  Typical categories include:

  • Thermal/mechanical
  • Mechanical
  • Physical
  • Electrical

Test Standards and Units

The different Test Standards and Units commonly used in MTDS will be discussed and how to consider them when comparing materials.

Review of Polymer Structure in relation to Material Properties

This section gives a brief overview of how the molecular and physical structure of polymers influences the datasheet values that are quoted.

Categories of relevance

We will consider how the information found on datasheets relates to the requirements of specific industry sectors, such as consumer products, automotive, medical, construction and others.

Reviewing specific data

This section will focus on the critical properties relating to durability, thermal capability and chemical resistance, typical data ranges and their relevance will be discussed.

Limitations of datasheets 

In this section we will consider the constraints of datasheets in terms of their relevance to the performance of manufactured components in real-world applications.

Workshop exercises will be included to review and consolidate learning

Who Will Benefit?

This course is ideal for:

Technical Designers
Project Engineers
QA Practitioners
Technical Sales Personnel
Moulding Technicians

Presenter Information

Course Presenters:

Paul Shipton – Director of Consultancy, Smithers Rapra
Andrew Hulme – Principal Consultant, Smithers Rapra
Soroosh Bagheriasl –  Consultant , Smithers Rapra