June 6, 2018 – June 7, 2018 all-day
Hampton Inn Gurnee, IL
5550 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031
Kimberly Rush
Plastics Theory and Practice is an entry-level course designed to introduce participants to basic concepts and techniques used throughout the plastics industry. This is a co-sponsored course of Chicago SPE + Milwaukee SPE!

Who and Why You Should Attend?
Sales and marketing personnel, engineers, product and tool designers, purchasing managers, plant managers, tool makers, molding supervisors, quality assurance personnel and anyone entering the field of plastics who wants to acquire basic knowledge of plastics in general, broaden their knowledge of material and processing techniques and/or take a refresher course on the subject.
Course Fees & Registration
$349 SPE Members | $399 Non-Members


  • Plastics Industry Overview, History and Growth
  • Future Processing Techniques
  • Polymer Chemistry Basics
  • Plastics Tooling
  • Polymer Structure-Properties-Applications
  • Decorating and Printing
  • Modified Plastics-Alloys-Composites
  • Assembling and Secondary Operations
  • Elastomers
  • Part Costing
  • Product Design Basics
  • Testing and Failure Analysis
  • Material Selection Process Plastics
  • Industry Standards and Organizations
  • Interpreting Material
  • Data Recycling
  • Plastics Identification Technique
  • Educations and Seminars, Information Sources

Meet the Instructor: Vishu H. Shah

Vishu H. Shah is President of Consultek Consulting Group, a fully integrated Management and Technical Consulting firm for the Plastics and Medical industry with over hundred years of combined hands-on experience and strong Plastics Engineering educational background.

His 35 years of extensive practical experience in plastics Industry includes positions as president and cofounder of Performance Engineered Products – a custom injection molder, Senior Plastics Engineer for Rain Bird Corporation and Nibco Inc.

His areas of expertise include product design, processing, automation, materials, rapid prototyping, tooling, failure analysis and testing. He is the author of Handbook of Plastics Testing and Failure Analysis and has taught various plastics related subjects throughout his career.



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