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Course: Advanced Rubber Compounding & Testing

November 14 - November 17


1.2 (To receive the CEUs, attendees must attend the course live and promptly complete the survey evaluation after the course.)
November 14-16, 2023; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET AND November 17, 2023 half-day tour starting at 9 a.m. ET. Continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is included.


This course will be available in-person at Akron Rubber Development Laboratory – 75 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton, OH 44203

Course Overview:

This course is an in-depth coverage of rubber compounding and testing. It will include classroom, laboratory and factory experiences. This course is a natural follow-up course to our “Intermediate Rubber Compounding” course and will go into more detail on all the topics covered in that course. Classroom subjects include elastomers, fillers/reinforcement, plasticizers/process aids, antidegradants, cure systems, adhesion, foaming agents, and flame retardants, compound design, warehouse storage and useful references. Testing laboratory subjects will include process testing, physical properties, abrasion, aged physical properties, low temperature properties, dynamic testing, adhesion, ozone/weathering testing, chemical analytics, and microscopy. Processing subjects will include mixing, milling, calendering, extrusion and molding. For those who attend in-person, there will be tours of the testing labs as well as a demonstration of mixing, milling, extrusion, and molding.


$950 Member / $1,050 Non-member / $100 for Undergraduate Student Members / $250 for Other Student Members



Nicki Hershberger, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory

  • Currently: Compound Development Manager / Sr. Technical Advisor at ARDL
  • Previously: Polymerics Inc. and Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy
  • Education: B.A. degree Kent State University
  • Experience: 24 years rubber experience in custom mixing and compound development for extrusion, molding and auto-claved applications


November 14
November 17
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