PU 100: Introduction to Polyurethane Industry - 2 Part Series

Originally held: Part 1: October 30, 2017; Part 2: November 6, 2017
These webinars discuss discovery and historical progression of polyurethanes, polyurethane types, products, what are polyurethanes, overview of basic polyurethane process equipment, and basic mixing technology.

The primary focus will be to give an introduction to newcomers into the polyurethane industry. Anyone new to the industry is encouraged to participate.  

PU 120: CASE - Innovation & Challenges

Originally held October 24, 2017
This webinar course looks at global trends and issues facing polyurethanes in the North American coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) industries with a discussion/commentary on opportunities for innovation in these application spaces.

PU 114: Automotive Vehicle Interior Air Quality

Originally held July 11, 2017
Emissions from vehicle materials, such as seat coverings, plastics, polyurethane foam, carpet, sound deadeners, seals, adhesives etc., affect vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) and subsequently the comfort and perceived quality of the vehicle in some markets. This has resulted in the development of OEM specific performance based emissions limits on methods for materials and components. This course reviewed the standards and regulations affecting the automotive industry in regards to VIAQ, and how to comply with current and upcoming OEM sampling and analytical requirements.

PU 117: Flame Retardants in Rigid Foam Applications

Originally held June 22, 2017
The need for flame retardants in polyurethane foam has been a widely debated topic of late. The success of polymer performance is greatly determined by which flame retardants are used and how they will be incorporated into the end-use product. This webinar provided a detailed explanation of flame retardant mechanisms and the regulations developed to govern their use.

PU 201: Polyurethane Raw Material Testing, Specifications and Performance: “The Myth and the Magic” Webinar Series

Three-Part Series Originally held: May 25, 2017; May 18, 2017; May 11, 2017
This series of webinars explores methods of analysis for polyurethane (PU) raw materials (isocyanates and polyols), the variability that may be encountered, and this variability as it relates to specifications.

PU 115: Spray Polyurethane Foam

Originally held May 16, 2017
This webinar course covers a general background about spray polyurethane foam (SPF), unique applications, benefits of SPF, where SPF can be installed, evaluation reports, code changes and distinctive case studies where SPF was installed.

PU 112: Measuring Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam

Originally held May 9, 2017
This webinar course covers methods that can be used to measure emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation using ASTM standards and work items.

PU 111: Regulatory Compliance Assistance Program (RCAP) Tool to Enhance TRI Reporting for the Polyurethane Industry

Originally held November 15, 2016
Facilities that manufacture, process or otherwise use Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) or Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) and exceed the threshold limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are required to submit a Form A or Form R by July 1st of each reporting year to EPA and the designated state agency. The purpose of this webinar is to illustrate the functionality of the RCAP tool and explain the modeling rationale for specific diisocyanate applications.

PU 108: Green Marketing Law within Polyurethanes

Originally held November 8, 2016
“Green marketing” continues to be an industry buzzword (or buzz phrase). But what does it mean, really? How can companies promote the sustainability benefits of polyurethane without running into a “greenwashing” problem? And what can companies do together to highlight the benefits of polyurethane through their trade associations?

PU 107: Measuring Emissions from Polyurethane Materials

Originally held July 12, 2016

This webinar course discussed measuring emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) from polyurethane materials used in buildings and/or vehicles. The release of chemicals from materials into enclosed environments has been the subject of increased regulation worldwide. Indoor and in-vehicle air quality has fast become a topic of discussion with regards to the health of the occupants. The increased global focus on measuring product emissions has led to numerous test methods for VOCs and SVOCs for compliance with various national and international regulations.

PU 106: Introduction to Color Science and Colorant Technology for Urethane Applications - Part I

Originally held May 3, 2016

Color plays such an important role in polyurethane formulations and end products. Whether knowingly or not color can lead to a product’s success or failure. This educational program will present the background and basic principles to help formulators better understand the art and science of color and appearance. The program will be split into two segments; PU 106 and PU 206. PU 106 provides an overview of color science as well as pigment and colorant chemistries for urethane applications. PU 206 will build on the information learned in the first segment and apply it for use by urethane formulators. Topics such as color measurement methods and control, color standard selection, communicating color differences, sample preparation and establishing color specifications would be detailed. This will provide formulators with the foundation needed to manage and control the color and appearance dynamics that can lead to a products success.

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