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Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention


Dive into a broad range of topics essential to understanding and preventing plastic failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is performing a systematic failure analysis following scientific method. Someone once said, “if you don’t know how something broke, you can’t fix it,” highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed. 

Get introduced to the strategies behind analysis, design and prevention with course material that includes:

  • Essential knowledge of why plastic components fail
  • The five factors affecting plastic part performance
  • The process of conducting a failure investigation
  • The importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure
  • Methods for understanding how and why a product has failed
  • Approaches to more quickly respond to and resolve plastic component failure
  • Methods and techniques to avoid future failures


With emphasis on practical problem-solving techniques, utilize case studies to comprehend key aspect of plastic failure and prevention. Gain a better understanding of why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned. 


This seminar is presented by engineers with experience and credentials from The Madison Group.

Javier Cruz, Ph.D.

Erik Foltz

Jeffrey Jansen

Antoine Rios, Ph.D.

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Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, technicians and managers who design, fabricate and manufacture plastic components.

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Course Outline/Topics

  • Introduction to Plastics
    • Overview of Plastics
    • Composition
    • Properties
    • Plastic Part Failure
    • Failure Correction and Prevention
      • Part Design
      • Mold Design
      • Material Selection
      • Processing
      • Validation Testing
    • Failure of Plastics Overview
    • Failure Mechanisms
    • The Roles of Multiple Factor Concurrency and Statistical Distribution in Plastic Part Failure
  • Failure Analysis
    • Problem Solving / Investigation Techniques – FA and RCA
    • Failure Analysis Test Methods
    • Case Studies

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This program can be applied toward the:

Mon.-Wed., Oct. 13-15
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: The Madison Group
Fee: $1090
Discount Information
CEUs: 2.0
Program No. 4830-6889
Note: Class ends at 3:00 p.m. on Day Three.
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For more information, contact:
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378


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