Polymer Processing - Short Course


Polymer Processing – A Comprehensive Three Part Series

October 24, 25, and 26, 2011

Sponsored by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum and
Presented by Chris Rauwendaal, Ph.D.

Michaels at Shoreline

2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 962-1014
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Registration is approaching capacity. The GGPF will no longer be able to accept registrations past the early registration deadline of September 30.



Announcing a local three-day seminar covering important polymer processing principles, presented in a practical manner with a focus on polymer extrusion, extrusion troubleshooting and polymer mixing & compounding. You may customize what you want to learn by attending one, two or all three days.

The combination of an excellent teacher, two guest lecturers, convenient location in the Bay Area, low price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

The series of tutorials given over 3 days are geared toward technical individuals with backgrounds in engineering, materials science or chemistry. Some knowledge of polymer processing is a plus. So if you currently deal with extrusion or mixing, or intend to in the future, then this course will be of benefit to you.



7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Introduction – Extrusion Machinery
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:30 am Important Polymer Properties – Flow and Thermal
11:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm What Happens inside the Extruder
2:00-2:30 pm Hot Melt Extrusion
2:30-3:00 pm Break
3:00-5:00 pm Screw and Die Design
5:00-5:30 pm Implementing On-Line NIR for Polymer Applications (Michelle A Pressler)
5:30-6:00 pm Chance to discuss specific issues with instructor

7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Systematic Troubleshooting
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:30 am Degradation and Instabilities
11:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-1:30 pm Air Entrapment
1:30-2:30 pm Gel Problems
2:30-3:00 pm Break
3:00-5:00 pm Wear Problems and Case Studies
5:00 pm Adjourn
5:00-6:00 pm Chance to discuss specific issues with instructor

7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Basic Principles of Mixing
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:30 am Mixing and Compounding Machinery
11:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm Distributinve Mixing
2:00-3:00 pm Twin Screw Extruders - Operational Principles with Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry
3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5:00 pm Dispersive Mixing
5:00 pm Adjourn
5:00-6:00 pm Chance to discuss specific issues with instructor


Chris Rauwendaal


President of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering, Inc. since 1990; previously with American Enka Company and Raychem Corporation. Chris received a M.Sc. from Delft University and a Doctorate in Polymer Processing from Twente University in the Netherlands.
Chris is a well-known author, lecturer, entrepreneur, and consultant in the field of extrusion. He holds numerous patents and has written more than 200 articles and seven books related to extrusion, mixing, injection molding, and statistical process control. Chris has developed video training courses and interactive training programs on extrusion, injection molding, and SPC. He has been involved in technical meetings of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Polymer Processing Society (PPS) for many years as a speaker as well as a technical program chairman. Chris is a Fellow of the SPE. He was technical program chairman for the international Plastic Extrusion Asia Conference that was held in Bangkok, Thailand March 2008 and again in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2010.
Chris is the developer of the CRD, VIP, ASM mixing technology that utilizes strong elongational flow to improve mixing in extrusion and molding. CRD mixing devices are successfully used in many extrusion operations. VIP mixers were recently introduced to the plastics processing industry and are gaining rapid acceptance. Work is ongoing to extend this technology to a new generation of extruders and injection molding machines. The most recent development is the HHT (high heat transfer) extruder screw developed to improve cooling in foam tandem extrusion operations.

Andrew Yacykewych


Andrew Yacykewych has been Vice-President of the Technical Applications Laboratory at C. W. BRABENDER Instruments in South Hackensack, NJ since 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of instrument process demonstration trials, hardware/software support, and new technology research. He was previously the lab manager at CWBI from 1997, and quality control chemist for American Safety Technologies, a division of Illinois Tool Works, in Roseland, NJ.
He graduated with a B. S. in Ceramic Engineering from the Rutgers University College of Engineering in New Brunswick, NJ. He has been an active member of several ASTM committees and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). He served two consecutive terms as the President of the Palisades-NJ Section between 2004-6 and is currently serving as Board Member and Education Chair.

Charlie Martin


Charlie Martin has worked in the extrusion industry since 1984. In his current position as President and General Manager, he is responsible for the Leistritz product line of twin screw extruders and systems in North and South America. Charlie has given presentations at more than 100 worldwide events. In addition to authoring numerous technical articles and chapters, he is the author of the chapter entitled “Twin Screw Extrusion” for the SPE Guide on Extrusion Technology and Troubleshooting (2002), and the co-editor of the textbook entitled Pharmaceutical Extrusion Technology (2003). Charlie sits on the Board of Directors for both the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Extrusion Division and the Polymer Processing Institute, was the Technical Program Chairman for ANTEC 2008, and was the 2009-2010 Chairman for the SPE Extrusion Division.
Charlie earned his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, and his graduate degree from Rutgers University.

Michelle A. Pressler


Michelle is an expert in the area of implementing on-line FTNIR for various applications. Over the 11 years of working in this area, she has been working with customers to solve real world applications for process control. Such areas include: online monitoring of polymer production, fermentation, and food production control.





The GGPF organization expresses thanks to the companies listed below for helping to sponsor this 3-day course. Please visit their web site for more details.










  • The location of the course will be Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
    (650) 962-1014
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  • Lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided on site each day at no additional charge.
  • Additional instructions will be provided to those who register for the event before the deadline of September 30, 2011 by October 20.
  • Hardcopy lecture notes will be provided to all attendees.
  • The instructor will stay until 6:00 PM to discuss specific issues.


  • For attendees who require hotel reservations, numerous hotels are nearby in Mountain View and Palo Alto that are close to Michaels at Shoreline. 23 hotels in all price ranges are available nearby: see hotels.
  • The closest airport is San Jose, followed by San Francisco, and then Oakland.


  • Early Registration (Until 11:59PM September 30, 2011): $295 for each day; $785 for the 3-day program.
  • Late Registration (October 1-October 15, 2011): $345 for each day; $935 for the 3-day program.  Due to the event approaching capacity, the late registration period has been eliminated.
  • No reservations will be accepted after 11:59PM September 30, 2011 or after the class size limit is reached.
  • Registration fee includes course handout notes, breakfast and lunch, and wine and cheese reception.
  • Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
  • Payment with a Credit Card via PayPal is encouraged. You may also pay by check by contacting Eveleen Tang at the email address in the Contact Information section.
  • No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.


    (1) Begin the registration process on at the bottom of this web page and follow the instructions there. Remember, you can register for just one day or all three days or any combination of two days
    We will need your name, affiliation, and contact information as requested.
    After selecting "Verify", you will be prompted to Pay by Credit Card or Pay by Check. If you choose to pay by Credit Card, you will be directed to pay at PayPal. You will receive an email notice when payment has been confirmed. If you select pay by check, please contact Eveleen Tang at the email address in the "Contact Information" section.

    If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID# will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to Nayan Ashar at Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

    (2) Your registration will not be complete until payment is received. For purposes of registration dates, or for first-come first-served issues, we will use either your date of registration by credit card or the post office date on the envelope which contains the check.

    (3) You will be given a receipt when you arrive for the class. If you need a receipt with GGPF logo sooner, contact Lothar Kleiner at the email address below and ask for one to be mailed to you.

    (4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached. We expect to be able to accommodate 90 attendees per day. Early reservations are encouraged. No reservations will be possible after October 15 or after attendance limits have been met.

    (5) If someone other than the intended attendee is performing the registration process, please ensure that it is the intended attendee whose name appears in the appropriate field in the registration. If registering more than one attendee, please register them one at a time.



    (1) Cancellations by you: allowed until October 15 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed $50 administrative cancellation fee. You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations allowed after October 15. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund. If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization may substitute (by arrangement only; contact Lothar Kleiner).

    (2) Cancellations by us: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified by October 15. Either your check will not be cashed or, if cashed, you will receive a full refund from the GGPF. Registrants who paid via PayPal will receive their refund in the form of a check.



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