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Course: Intermediate Rubber Compounding (In-person only)

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


0.76 (To receive the CEUs, attendees must attend the course live and promptly complete the survey evaluation after the course.)
July 27, 2023; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET (lunch provided)


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

Course Overview:

This course is an overview of rubber compounding and testing. Compounding subjects include elastomers, fillers/reinforcement, plasticizers/process aids, anti-degradants and cure systems. Testing laboratory subjects will include process testing, physical properties testing, dynamic properties testing and aging. Processing subjects will include mixing, milling, molding, extrusion and calendaring. This course could be useful for chemists, engineers and technical sales staff who may be relatively new to the rubber industry and want a better understanding of how different ingredients affect a rubber compound.


$495 Member / $595 Non-member / Free for Undergraduate Student Members / $100 for Other Student Members

  • Lunch provided




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


Paul Pavka, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory

  • Currently: Technical Advisor / Rubber Compounder at ARDL
  • Previously: Technical Service at Franklin International
  • Education: B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Ohio State; M.S. Polymer Science, University of Akron
  • Experience: Seven years in the rubber/plastics/adhesives industries; has taught college chemistry and materials science


July 27
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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