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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. 


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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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the essentials of why plastic components fail
  • Understand the five factors affecting plastic part performance
  • Learn the process of conducting a failure investigation
  • Know the importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure
  • Understand how and why a product has failed
  • Explore approaches to more quickly respond to and resolve plastic component failure
  • Learn methods and techniques to avoid future failures

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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. 12-14
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: The Madison Group
$990: Register by Wed., Aug. 12
$1090: Register on or after Thu., Aug. 13 Discount Available
CEUs: 2.0/PDHs: 20
Program No. 4830-7956
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For more information, contact:
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


Fall 2015 Plastics Engineering Brochure
Plastics Brochure
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