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RN Live: Untangling the Supply Chain

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

There are number of challenges that keep rubber industry executives up at night, but supply chain chaos is almost certain to be among them. And 2022—like the previous two years—is shaping up to be a difficult one for those looking to ship products and secure materials.    

At 2 p.m. EDT on June 15, Rubber News Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven and Reporter Sam Cottrill will be joined by a panel of industry experts who will help break down shipping and logistics challenges and sort through what to expect in the months ahead.  

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RN Live: The Ups & Downs of Silicones

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Livestream on May 18 will cover the current state of the silicone elastomer industry. Rubber News Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven and Reporter Andrew Schunk will host a panel of industry experts who will focus on what is causing volatility in this growing market. They will touch on such hot-button issues as pricing, supply chain issues and material availability concerns, including an ongoing shortage of silicon metal.

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2022 International Silicone Conference

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Come to the conference where the elite in the silicone industry meet. The 2022 International Silicone Conference is the one global event where leaders across the spectrum in the worldwide silicone industry come together for compelling presentations and a host of on-site networking opportunities.  The unparalleled technical program will feature presentations covering key global trends and issues in the silicone market, material and process solutions, emerging products, the consumer marketplace, the business of silicones and much more.   Join us in the Akron, Ohio, area for this major conference for anyone in the silicone industry from manufacturing to supply. This biennial event is a can’t-miss opportunity.


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Hose & Belt Manufacturers Conference 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Akron , United States

The conference will cover the latest groundbreaking trends and innovations across materials, operations, processes, applications and much more. Hear on-point sessions exploring technologies and get an overview of the market forces shaping consumer and industrial trends. New in 2022! The addition of belt manufacturing, combined with this long-time hose event, will provide an even broader spectrum of opportunities. Whether it’s automotive, industrial, hydraulic, agricultural or conveying systems, this conference has an abundance of offerings across application categories.

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Advanced Rubber Quality Control Using a Rubber Process Analyzer (RPA)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The key to exceptional quality control is to drive out variation from your process. But if you cannot measure the problem, how can you reduce the variation.

Many processors and compounders are using Mooney Viscometers and Moving Die Rheometers (MDR) as the primary methods for raw material and compound quality control. These workhorse technologies measure viscosity and cure profiles well, but they often lack the sensitivity to diagnose your most perplexing processing problems.

Alpha Technologies Engineers, John Dick and Richard Hanzlik, will discuss the application of RPA test methods to help process improvement teams to identify root causes of common processing and compounding problems.

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Digital Tire Production: Gain Traction in the Competitive Tire Industry with Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The tire industry is in a period of significant change. To stay competitive, you need smart, flexible, and low-cost tire operations to help you contend with challenges like scaling operations in response to consumer demand in a challenging economy. Whether you’re reallocating resources or shifting your tire operations to address these challenges, digital technologies should be central to your strategy.

Luckily, you don’t overcome these challenges on your own. Join us for an expert-led webinar to learn how bringing together hardware, software, services and solutions is helping tire manufacturers achieve their goals and remain globally competitive.


RN Live: Dealing with the Labor Shortage

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

 Recruiting, training and retaining workers is one of the top issues facing companies today in the tire and rubber sector. The Rubber News Live livestream on March 9 will see Editor Bruce Meyer and Reporter Andrew Schunk talk with a panel of industry experts in a frank discussion on the labor shortage, its causes and effects, and the best practices for hiring and retention. The panelists also will share how their companies have been impacted by the issue, and what their strategies are for overcoming the challenges.

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RN Live: International Elastomer Conference Wrap-Up

Monday, October 18, 2021

For the ACS Rubber Division, nothing beats meeting in person to network, share ideas and celebrate successes. After a chaotic and unexpected 2020, the Rubber Division has returned to in-person events in 2021.

During a special livestream event on Oct. 18, we’ll talk with Rubber Division Executive Director Lakisha Miller-Barclay and Rubber Division Chair Kim Dempsey-Miller about how they worked to bring the industry back together at the International Elastomer Conference, how the association is growing and what’s in store for the Rubber Division in the year ahead.

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Hose & Belt Manufacturers Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Thursday, October 14, 2021

Taking place virtually on October 13-14, 2021, at 10am EDT, the Hose & Belt Manufacturers Roundtable Virtual Discussions will allow attendees and exhibitors to connect and discuss issues pertinent to the hose and belt segment of the rubber industry. Topics will include current market conditions, sustainable manufacturing and material solutions, and will be moderated by prominent figures in the rubber industry. Registration is FREE of charge. 

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RN Live: Global Tire Report: Behind the Numbers (with TB)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Join Tire Business and Rubber News for a discussion on the health of and trends impacting the tire industry from a global perspective. Tire Business Managing Editor Dave Manley, Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis and Rubber News Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven will present the annual Global Tire Report that tracks changes in tire sales and import markets.

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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Localization Explained

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Localization solutions enable the accurate tracking of the location of assets, materials, and vehicles throughout your facilities. With ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, you can use tag-based localization solutions to more effectively localize your assets to improve material flow.

Discover how a UWB localization system can add greater visibility to your processes and lead you to move from just gathering data to gaining real-time knowledge to improve operations.

Primary Topics:

· Common tracking solutions used currently
· How an ultra-wideband, tag-based localization solution works
· Use cases of manufacturers using UWB technology

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Rubber News 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This livestream will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rubber & Plastics News, now named Rubber News. We have a panel of four esteemed industry veterans who will split their time evenly reminiscing about the rubber industry’s past and focusing on what the sector’s future landscape will look like.

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2021 International Latex Conference

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Thursday, July 22, 2021

This International Latex Conference will showcase the innovations being made by the latex industry and the current state of the industry to serve various end markets. Virtual technical presentations will cover topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing, supply chain issues and opportunities and the impact of regulatory changes. Conference attendees will include decision makers and leaders from every aspect of the industry including manufacturers; suppliers; equipment manufacturers; supply chain professionals; engineers; chemists; scientists; R&D, technology, and production managers; operations and plant managers; company presidents and CEOs. Join us virtually for this important industry event.

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Improve processing of recycled materials without sacrificing quality

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Sustainability and circularity is a big focus nowadays. In this webinar you will learn how a high molecular weight process-aid such as VESTENAMER® trans-polyoctenamer can enable use of recycled rubber materials such as recycled carbon blacks, tire-derived polymers, and recycled rubbers (GTR) in rubber compounds.

The example presented in the webinar will focus on incorporating recycled materials in a windshield wiper blade compound. Together we will explore effects on the formulation and then drill down into more specific details with recycled carbon black (rCB). We will also review performance of trans polyoctenamer versus a high molecular fatty acid ester as a reference in this study.

Join us in this informative webinar where Alexander Paasche, Global Business Development Manager and Ankur Kant, Global Business Manager, Evonik Corporation will address an effective way to evaluate your process, increase recycle content, reduce costs, and take part in a more sustainable economy.

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Chem-Trend’s IPMC-1200: 4 Steps to clean, productive steps for your rubber molds

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Current mold cleaning methods offer several challenges in today’s manufacturing environment whether it be extended downtime, mold damaged from transit, or even potential safety hazards. Chem-Trend has developed an in-process solution with no harsh odor that helps reduce these limitations all in a matter of minutes. The IPMC-1200 cleaning compound removes buildup and residue from the mold while remaining in service, offering increased product quality and value throughout the production process.

Primary Topics:

• What causes dirty molds/mold fouling?
• Comparison of traditional mold cleaning methods and IPMC-1200
• Technical advantages
• Commercial advantages/Cost savings analysis – preventative vs reactive cleaning