Plastics Technology an Introduction ONLINE



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Course dates - click register to select dates

  • 24 Jan - 21 Feb
  • 6 Jun - 4 July
  • 12 Sep - 10 Oct
  • 14 Nov - 12 Dec

Course details and format

  • 5 hours of recorded modules available
  • ​Live Q&A after course completion

Online training: How it works

  • Same high quality content as our in-person course.
  • (Our in-person course features additional interactive sessions and live demonstrations)
  • 5 hours of expert training delivered via recorded modules hosted online - allowing you to study at a time that suits you
  • 28 days access to recordings allowing you to learn at your own pace
  • Same high quality Smithers' training experience
  • No travel costs or complexities
  • Live Q&A with course tutors - ask questions and consolidate learning
  • Electronic copies of course notes

Course overview

This online course will build your understanding of plastics materials and processing - helping you avoid common causes of product failure, which often result from a lack of material knowledge. 

Learning outcomes

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the different generic and sub-generic types of plastic and have a basic knowledge of their relative advantages and disadvantages
  • Understand the methodology associated with the effective selection of plastics for specific applications
  • Understand the physical characteristics of plastics, the effects of time, temperature and stress and the implications of those characteristics on the design process
  • Identify and rectify existing or potential product failure regions
  • Identify and rectify potential or existing processing problems
  • Identify and rectify potential or existing joining problems
  • Understand how to better use material data for more effective design through the use of relevant testing and software tools.

Course content

Plastics Materials
  • Classification (thermosets, thermoplastics, semi-crystalline, amorphous), major modifications (fibre reinforced, impact modified, etc.).
  • Properties, characteristics advantages and disadvantages of common plastics.
Common Manufacturing Problems
  • Extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Blow moulding
  • Thermo-forming
  • Roto-moulding
Materials Selection
  • Navigating though the many plastics types and thousands of grades available
  • How to understand and use data sheets
  • Advice on drawing up the specification including the hidden requirements, often overlooked, which can result in failure.  
Design for Performance
  • Structural performance of plastics (creep, stress relaxation, fatigue, effect of temperature, ageing, chemical attack), allowable design stresses and strains.
  • Differences betwen short and long term mechanical properties and their impact on application. 
  • Introduction of methodologies to use long term materials data to improve confidence in the performance of a design and minimise the risk of product failure in the long term.
Failure Diagnosis
  • Common causes of failure, brittle fracture (stress cracking, embrittlement, effect of notches, uv degradation, hydrolysis), impact, fatigue

Who will benefit?

Those new to the plastics industry or moving to a new position who need to gain a better understanding of design and development of new products. This course will also benefit anyone responsible for the plastics supply chain and will equip them with the know-how and confidence  necessary in order to work efficiently and effectively and to manage change.
  • Product Designers
  • Product Development Engineers
  • Technical services
  • Quality assurance
  • Component procurement
  • Others involved in the design or development of new products and who need an understanding of the engineering capabilities of plastics
  • Little or no knowledge of plastics materials and processes is assumed.

Presenter information

This course is presented by: Read more about our presenter by clicking on their expert profiles. 

What our delegates say about the course material

"Extremely informative, a lot of great knowledge in two days, I would recommend this course to all plastic component design engineers"
Thomas Morrice (NCR)

"Very well prepared and communicated​"
Stephen Joyce (Freudenberg Sealing Technologies)

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Plastics Technology an Introduction ONLINE

Length 29 days