INDEPENDENCE, Ohio—The ACS Rubber Division and Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. have entered into a partnership where ARDL will help the division with education and training related to the testing area of elastomers.
The partnership fits in with the "Chemistry to Componentry" theme that Michael Morrow, consultant with MBG Associates L.L.C., is concentrating on during his year as Rubber Division chair. It was announced during the Rubber Division's Spring Technical Meeting, held April 30-May 2 in Independence.
"It seems like everything the Rubber Division does can be found on this pathway, from the chemists who work on molecules to the entities who manufacture those molecules through a variety of processes into things used by end user customers," Morrow said. "In between lies testing and validation, where chemists and component manufacturers make sure their work will meet or exceed the needs of an end user to improve on existing materials and products and create new ones."
This is where ARDL comes in, as it will provide the education and training along this area of the "Chemistry to Componentry," path, looking to engage both those currently in the industry and younger people who may someday look at the rubber industry as a potential career path.
ARDL already presented a 3½-day rubber course in late May, utilizing both its own operations and also the Rubber Division's newly opened training center at its Akron headquarters. It also plans to conduct four courses at the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in October, totaling six hours of classes.
"ARDL recognizes the need for transfer of knowledge from experienced technologists to the younger generation," ARDL President Bonnie Stuck said at the division meeting. "We are facing this need within our company and we have added younger technologists who we are mentoring and preparing them for the future of ARDL."
Stuck looked around the room during the announcement ceremony and saw that two of her mentors were in attendance, John Long, now a consultant, and John Dick, retired from Alpha Technologies.
"John Long taught me how to cut tires, with he in a suit and a tie, and me in a dress," she said. "And John Dick helped me a lot on testing and continues to answer my questions. So it's like a full circle. We want to complete that circle. We don't want to break that circle."