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Published: 4/25/2017

The Need for Generalists: Part 4
Solving problems generally requires distinguishing good samples from bad ones. But that can become clumsy when one person runs the test while another analyzes the data.

Published: 3/24/2017

The Need for Generalists: Part 3
In failure analysis, there is a tendency to gravitate to a few common test protocols. But this approach can result in a mismatch of techniques to the problem.

Published: 1/26/2017

The Need for Generalists, Part 2
Problem-solving requires a team that combines people having academic credentials with others who have hands-on experience.

Published: 1/4/2017

Plastics Technology’s Most Popular Know How Columns in 2016
Temperature, pressure and time ultimately dictate plastics processing so it’s not surprising that Know How columns from industry experts on these topics are consistently among the most popular on our site.

Published: 12/27/2016

The Need for Generalists: Part 1
Even companies with seemingly unlimited resources can have problems identifying root causes of problems. Maybe they have too many specialists and not enough generalists.

Published: 11/23/2016

Finding Root Causes of a Material Problem
Tools and methods for determining oxidative stability can be useful, but even more useful if constructed to yield the information you really need.

Published: 10/18/2016

The Importance of Oxidative Stability in Polyolefins, Part 3
Tools and methods for determining oxidative stability can be useful, but even more useful if constructed to yield the information you really need.

Published: 9/27/2016

The Importance of Oxidative Stability In Polyolefins, Part 2
The DSC test can do a reasonably good job of capturing the comparative behavior of materials that use similar antioxidant chemistries.

Published: 8/24/2016

MATERIALS: The Importance of Oxidative Stability in Polyolefins
Because oxidation is a process that causes materials to deteriorate over time, its effects or potential for those effects are not always apparent when new products are tested.

Published: 7/29/2016

MATERIALS: Understanding Strain-Rate Sensitivity In Polymers
Material behavior is fundamentally determined by the equivalence of time and temperature. But that principle tends to be lost on processors and designers. Here’s some guidance.